Direct interviews with a few stakeholders during the site visit. The Bureau Veritas assessment team also interviewed Ambuja Cements Ltd. Management. We interviewed the President (CSR), Vice President (Product Development), Vice President (Procurement). We interviewed the Unit Head and the Head-Environment Team at the Ambujanagar plant in Gujarat. During our visit to the occupational health centre at Ambujanagar plant, a detailed interview was conducted with the medical professionals responsible for managing the centre. Our team also interviewed a number of middle and junior level personnel in charge of the plant operations. The management at the Sugala mines near the Ambujanagar plant as well as at the Bulk Cement Terminal at Muldwarka also were interviewed as a part of this assessment. Our work was conducted against Bureau Veritas’ standard procedures and guidelines for external Assurance of Sustainability Reports, based on current best practice in independent assurance.

The work was planned and carried out to provide moderate, rather than absolute assurance and we believe it provides an appropriate basis for our conclusions.

Our findings

On the basis of our methodology and the activities described above, it is our opinion that:
  • Nothing has come to our attention to indicate that the reviewed statements within the scope of our verification are inaccurate and the information included therein is not fairly stated;
  • It is our opinion that Ambuja Cements Limited has established appropriate systems for the collection, aggregation and analysis of quantitative data such as Environmental, Health & Safety, Human Resource, Labour, Social & Community welfare as well as Product, Customer and Investor related data. The Plant Environmental Profile (PEP) records performance on various Environment aspects and CSR Questionnaire captures HR and CSR data. Data is also gathered in the form of monthly and annual reports which were shown to the team.
  • On some indicators, where the GRI guidelines recommend reporting in the form of numerical data, Ambuja Cements Ltd. may explore suitable means to report such data as “percentage or proportion achieved” data
  • The organisation may consider widening its use of industry and sectoral benchmarks and reporting of its performance against the same.

Alignment with the principles of AA1000AS (2008)


Ambuja Cements Limited has processes in place for engaging with a range key stakeholders including socially responsible investors, government officials, representatives from a range of NGO’s, charities and industry associations and has undertaken a number of formal stakeholder engagement activities in 2014 covering a range of topics such as Supply Chain, Human Rights and Environment.


The Report addresses the range of environmental, social and economic issues of concern that Ambuja Cements Limited has identified as being of highest material importance. The identification of material issues has considered both internal assessments of risks and opportunities to the business, as well as stakeholders’ views and concerns. The material issues were identified by a structured process of stakeholder engagement and interaction and the entire process was conducted by an independent third party who was engaged by Ambuja Cements Limited for that purpose. In all, a total of 17 issues in the 3 categories of Business, Environment and Social were identified as material through this process.


Ambuja Cements Limited is responding to those issues it has identified as material and demonstrates this in its policies, objectives, indicators and performance targets. The reported information can be used by the organisation and its stakeholders as a reasonable basis for their opinions and decision-making. The Company has taken various initiatives towards making an environmentally friendly product, waste disposal, water conservation, occupational health and safety at work and community and village development.