ACC (ACC Limited) is India's foremost manufacturer of cement and concrete. ACC's operations are spread throughout the country with 14 modern cement factories, more than 30 Ready mix concrete plants, 20 sales offices, and several zonal offices. It has a workforce of about 10,000 persons and a countrywide distribution network of over 9,000 dealers. ACC's research and development facility has a unique track record of innovative research, product development and specialized consultancy services. Since its inception in 1936, the company has been a trendsetter and important benchmark for the cement industry in respect of its production, marketing and personnel management processes. Its commitment to environment-friendliness, its high ethical standards in business dealings and its on-going efforts in community welfare programmes have won it acclaim as a responsible corporate citizen. ACC has made significant contributions to the nation building process by way of quality products, services and sharing its expertise. In the 70 years of its existence, ACC has been a pioneer in the manufacture of cement and concrete and a trendsetter in many areas of cement and concrete technology including improvements in raw material utilisation, process improvement, energy conservation and development of high performance concretes. ACC’s brand name is synonymous with cement and enjoys a high level of equity in the Indian market. It is the only cement company that figures in the list of Consumer SuperBrands of India. The company's various businesses are supported by a powerful, in-house research and technology backup facility - the only one of its kind in the Indian cement industry. This ensures not just consistency in product quality but also continuous improvements in products, processes, and application areas. ACC has rich experience in mining, being the largest user of limestone, and it is also one of the principal users of coal. As the largest cement producer in India, it is one of the biggest customers of the Indian Railways, and the foremost user of the road transport network services for inward and outward movement of materials and products. ACC has also extended its services overseas to the Middle East, Africa, and South America, where it has provided technical and managerial consultancy to a variety of consumers, and also helps in the operation and maintenance of cement plants abroad. ACC is among the first companies in India to include commitment to environmental protection as one of its corporate objectives, long before pollution control laws came into existence. The company installed pollution control equipment and high efficiency sophisticated electrostatic precipitators for cement kilns, raw mills, coal mills, power plants and coolers as far back as 1966. Every factory has state-of-the art pollution control equipment and devices. ACC demonstrates the practices of being a good corporate citizen undertaking a wide range of activities to improve the living conditions of the under-privileged classes living near its factories.
ACC has a large workforce of about 9,000 people, comprising experts in various disciplines assisted by a dedicated workforce of skilled persons. ACC employees, referred to as the ACC Parivar, come from all parts of the country and belonging to a variety of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. ACC employees display a strong sense of loyalty to the Company and their special stellar qualities as ‘value-adding’ human capital are well known in the industry.ACC has clearly stated guidelines concerning recruitment, termination, career advancement, performance appraisal, professional and employee ethics and code of conduct. The Company’s personnel policies and processes enshrine equal opportunities to all and non-discrimination with regard to gender, caste, creed, ideology or other opinion, whether social, political or religious. Also ensured is a due process for employee consultation and participation in organizational development and policy formulation. Recruitment in ACC is a very fair and transparent process with adequate opportunities to look for suitable candidates internally as well as from outside. Applicants are generally invited on the basis of specific advertisements in newspapers and websites. A Committee of officers called the Central Recruitment Committee handles the entire recruitment process comprising screening of applications, preliminary short-listing, interviews and final selection. Every attempt is made to make the selection process as objective as possible by incorporating tests of competence. In some cases, outside consultants are retained. All decisions of the recruitment committee are recorded in respect of each candidate. Candidates are informed of their short-listing and selection immediately after the interview or at the earliest thereafter. The Company’s performance management system is in itself a benchmark that provides ample opportunities and motivational incentives to employees so as to reward and retain good talent within the Company. These incentives include Performance Linked Incentives, Good Work Awards, Letters of Appreciation, Special Increments, Promotions, Nomination to external training programmes in India and abroad, public felicitation and appreciation. Some plants have Best Employee and Employee of the Month Awards and recognition. Competent employees and those who display aptitude are invited to become Trainers themselves and receive Train the Trainer facilitation. Our new Performance Management System incorporates a process called Competency Assessment and Training and Developmental Needs wherein appraisers are specifically called upon to identify and assess training needs of employees at specific intervals that do not coincide with Performance Appraisals. This is so that training needs can be assessed objectively. Training is imparted to take care of an individual’s career development as well as functional and skill enhancement. Competency and Development training inputs include Skill and general performance enhancement, communication skills and Career development. Functional training needs are identified and conducted by functional departments while Corporate HR organizes competency and developmental inputs. Employee welfare receives prime attention at ACC. We have several schemes for general welfare of employees and their families. These cover education, healthcare, retirement benefits, loans and financial assistance and recreation facilities.ACC townships have excellent schools that are often the best in the district. Education at these schools is subsidized for employees’ wards. We offer attractive scholarship allowances for children studying at places away from their parents, merit scholarships for outstanding children and financial assistance for employees’ children to pursue higher professional education.Liberal medical benefits are made available to employees and their family members by way of reimbursements towards normal medical treatment, domiciliary treatments and special sanctions for serious illness. Each of our townships has well-equipped health care centres with qualified medical staff and facilities, ambulance, referrals and tie-ups with reputed hospitals for specialised treatment. In addition, there are regular health checkups, camps and programmes.Employees are eligible to apply for loans and financial assistance for various purposes such as purchase of assets, residential premises as well as a scheme that provides for supply of cement at subsidized rates to those building their own houses.At our cement plants and factories, employees are provided furnished and unfurnished accommodation based on their entitlements. At many locations, the employees are given free electricity, free water supply and free bus facility for nearby places and schools. These houses are well-maintained and periodically upgraded. In addition to periodic internal Employee Satisfaction Surveys, we participate in Employee Satisfaction and Work Places Surveys conducted by reputed external agencies and organisations like Hewitt Associates Grow Talent. And from time to time, ACC has also retained reputed firms like Mercer and Boston Consulting Group to study our internal work environment and employee policies and suggest areas of improvement. We share below salient points of the latest survey of employees: People are treated fairly regardless of religion and gender ACC is a safe place to work Management is competent in running business Employees feel good about what we do for society Proud to tell others I work here Management thinks positively The overall findings show significant job satisfaction at all levels as also deep respect for the company, its performance management system and its overall business performance.