A first-generation industrialist, Anil Agarwal has in just three decades built a globally diversified natural resources group committed to sustainable development with operations in India, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Liberia, Australia and Ireland.
The hallmark of his business has been the ability to create stakeholder value, specifically for the local communities with women empowerment, education and healthcare being the three core areas of his vision.
His passion for inclusive growth has resulted in extensive benefits to the local communities. Vedanta is actively engaged in sustainable development and philanthropic activities. About 3000 Aangwandis, supported by the group, cater to 1.25 lakh children, while as many as 2.5 lakh children receive nutritious meals every day through the mid-day meal programme at schools and investments in providing computer education has benefitted about 10 lakh students. Hospitals and mobile health centres and rural health posts have provided healthcare for over 22 lakh people. The group also supports more than 2,000 women empowerment and self-help groups in setting up micro-enterprises involving more than 35,000 women.