Forbes Marshall has always believed in the philosophy of contributing and giving back to the community it operates in. When the factory was originally set up in Pune in 1958, Darius Forbes felt it was insufficient to merely purchase land from the farmers who were the original owners; it was essential to actively and positively contribute to the community the company would be operating in. So, the first jobs in the organisation were offered to relatives of the farmers, who were then trained for operations and machining skills. The suburb of Kasarwadi, where the factory stood, lacked street lighting and basic sanitation facilities; these were the first community development projects that the company undertook.
Today, our social initiatives operate in areas of Pune where our factories are - Kasarwadi, Morwadi, Bopkhel and most recently, Chakan.
We work primarily in the areas of health, education and development of women.We partner with like- minded organisations that have the expertise on the projects we would like to work on jointly. This has helped us achieve impact and scale. Although the range and scope of our programme has changed over the years, what remains constant has been our dedication to the belief that as an organisation, we are capable of making changes for the better in the society we operate in, and therefore we must.
We run our Department for Social Initiatives, comprising of a team of experienced and trained personnel, the same way we run our businesses: with professionalism, planned and measurable goals.
We are one of the first companies in India to have received a social audit certification using the Social Audit Network Framework.