Gulf Oil International
Gulf Oil International, is a leading member of the family-controlled multinational Hinduja Group – a multibillion Group, it employs over 150,000 people in over forty countries and eleven business sectors. Much of the Hinduja Group’s extensive philanthropic and corporate social responsibility work is managed by the Hinduja Foundation.
The Hinduja Foundation’s work in India, the UK and elsewhere, supports projects in healthcare, education, rural development, water and sanitation, interfaith understanding and the arts.
Speaking of the Hinduja family’s work to help the victims of the coronavirus, Sanjay G Hinduja, Chairman of Gulf Oil International said: ‘As my grandfather, and Founder of the Group, Parmanand D Hinduja, taught his family, we are here to work to give. So, like many others, it is our honoured duty to help those most seriously affected by the global pandemic, including patients, their families, children and their education, and research to seek a vaccine for the coronavirus.’
In the UK support has focused on helping hardworking NHS workers and poorer families with cooked meals, including nurses, doctors and others at London hospitals and donations to the Caring Foundation and the Felix Project, which have used kitchens from a number of prestigious London restaurants owned by Richard Caring to provide cooked meals to key workers, poorer families and the homeless during the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Hinduja Foundation with Group company Ashok Leyland are significant donors to Imperial College London’s COVID-19 Response Fund established to seek a vaccine for the coronavirus. The research, led by Professor Robin Shattock in the Department of Infectious Disease at the College, was one of two coronavirus vaccines to receive new financial support from the UK Government. Trials of Imperial College’s vaccine started in mid-June, and they have formed a new social enterprise with the mission to develop rapidly vaccines and distribute them as widely as possible in the UK and to low- and middle-income countries.
The Hinduja Hospital in Mahim, Mumbai has set aside an entire wing to treating Covid-19 patients, and our other hospital in Khar Mumbai is managing a Covid-19 treatment centre with the help of the Foundation. Similarly, the Hinduja Group’s flagship company Ashok Leyland has provided technical and engineering expertise to manufacture cost effective ventilators to help bridge the acute shortage during this crisis. The Foundation has also assisted the Indian government to set up temporary Covid-19 Isolation facilities.
Other initiatives across the country include Covid-19 call centres, providing telemedicine support units, supplying vehicles for emergency services like ambulances and fumigation support.
Furthermore, a special Hinduja Group initiative provides online education to children across the country by our employees as part of our flagship volunteering programme - I Care.