CSR and Sustainability
Vistara strives to leverage the robust heritage of social service of its parent brands, Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), to make a positive impact on the community in which the company operates.
Vistara’s CSR vision is to operate in a prudent manner so as to minimize negative impact to our environment, and, to proactively use our expertise for the benefit of the community through consistent and targeted actions.
As a responsible corporate citizen, we deeply care about economic development, social development and environmental protection. Sustainability is key to our business strategy and part of the ongoing innovation process. We endeavour to create value for all our stakeholders i.e. employees, customers, shareholders business partners and communities around us. In this quest we are constantly exploring ways to embed sustainable practises across all aspects of our operations.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is rooted in Vistara’s culture. In our CSR strategy, we have identified the following key focus areas:
- Children & Education – Promoting secondary level education and a healthy lifestyle in underprivileged children to help achieve their dreams
- Employability skills – Equipping underprivileged children and young women with useful vocational skills and encourage them to consider career in aviation or related sectors
- Environment & Sustainability – Ensuring sustainability, ecological balance and conservation of natural resources in the environment
The primary modes of community outreach are:
- Donation and grant-giving
- Employee volunteering and payroll donation
- Providing access to air travel and cargo space
Our primary NGO partners are identified as the Salaam Baalak Trust, Goonj, Akshaya Patra Foundation, and Give India with whom we have carried out multiple CSR projects. Besides carrying out regular CSR activities in the areas of education and empowerment, we have supported relief and rehabilitation initiatives in the aftermath of several natural disasters like earthquake, droughts and cyclones across the country Being a part of the aviation industry, we are constantly looking at newer ways to reduce carbon footprint and preserve the environment.
Our current fleet of A320neo aircraft are powered by the most advanced technologies and systems, resulting in 50 per cent reduction in engine noise, NOx and CO2 emissions. A320neo is fuel efficient and helps in reducing the fuel consumption, thereby resulting in substantial savings in fuel burn. Furthermore, a key contributor to neos’ performance is Sharklets, which are part of our existing fleet. These 2.4-metre-tall wingtip devices are standard on neo aircraft, and result in up to four per cent reduced fuel burn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of around 900 tonnes per aircraft.
We have also deepened our commitment to sustainable aviation by pledging to reduce consumption of plastic by over 50 per cent and shifting to eco-friendly utensils and stainless-steel cutlery for our inflight catering. Our employees, across the network in which we operate, reaffirm their commitment to a cleaner and greener planet by planting trees on World Environment Day. We also engage in other activities such as observing Earth Hour, World Hunger Day and organizing Blood donation camps.
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