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Infosys, India’s original Nursery for Talent – Shaping the image of India’s capability to the global community

The original talent magnet & a nursery for talent and one of the pioneers of Information Technology sector in India, that was not only a front-runner in employment generation, but also played a huge role in shaping the image of India’s capability to the global community.

Infosys is committed to fostering technology for good in our communities across education, healthcare and e-governance while partnering with larger societal stakeholders and helping them to harness the power of technology. It has always been committed to the communities in which it operates. It achieved Carbon neutrality of its global operations. Infosys won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category.

As an early proponent of responsible business, Infosys has always attempted to balance success as a business with unwavering focus on exemplary governance and responsiveness to the needs of the ecology and society. It integrates Environmental, Social and Governance factors in everything that it does.

Sustainability and philanthropy are two of the defining spirits of Infosys’ organizational philosophy, in its capacity as a Corporate Citizen.

The Infosys Foundation for the last so many years has done yeoman’s service in supporting the underprivileged sections of society by creating opportunities and striving towards a more equitable society. It supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work in remote regions of several states in India. The work that the Foundation has done in the sphere of education, by way of training teachers across the country. In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic the Foundation through its partner NGOs provided for food and safety kits to the underprivileged, at scale. Whether it is relief work in times of natural disaster, or promoting art and culture, or caring for destitute, or conservation of wildlife, or promotion of sports, or promoting a culture of social innovation, or reaching out to far-flung locations, what makes the work of the Infosys Foundation significant and impactful is the scale at which it is done.

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ISS Facility Services India Private Limited, Enabling People to achieve their Purpose – Championing Employment Generation

ISS operates on its core philosophy ‘people make places and places make people’. They help people from across the spectrum to achieve their purpose. Whether it’s hospitals healing patients, businesses boosting productivity, airports transferring passengers or manufacturing sites producing goods, ISS is there to help. Championing the social agenda of the country, like employment generation, is built into its Business Model. ISS recruits from the most backward rural areas and urban slums across the country and trains them to be employable. While doing this, the organization is committed to the overarching goals of enhancing the skilling infrastructure, focus on diversity and equal representation of the genders, financial literacy, social security and digital empowerment.

The frontline staff of ISS that represent the largest chunk of its employee base and is drawn from the less-privileged section of society and every part of the country and is then skilled and trained for social mobility. The numbers and scale at which this is done is what makes it impactful.

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Kotak Mahindra Bank, Powering India’s Financial Infrastructure – through Credibility & Trust

Powered by the vision of being a global Indian financial services brand, the most preferred employer in the financial services domain, the most trusted FinServ company and a value creator, Kotak Mahindra Bank has and continues to contribute by way of being one of the banking and financial services infrastructure builders in the country. In a developing economy like India, financial services infrastructure is one of the supporting pillars. The organization’s brand is synonymous with credibility and trust with a solid ethos of robust corporate governance.

Kotak Bank has strong focus on community development and inclusive growth which is reflected by the group’s initiatives to provide low-cost services to rural customers and its welfare programmes. The organization believes that that education is key to the alleviation of the social malaise afflicting India’s under-privileged. In a bid to address this issue, he has established the Kotak Education Foundation, which focuses on the educational needs of underprivileged children.

The Kotak Education Foundation has been engaged in empowering young people from underprivileged families through various education-based initiatives and equipping them with employable skills so they can grow and live with dignity. It offers livelihood support to children and youth from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

Under its Healthcare initiative, among other things, Kotak Mahindra Bank runs fleets of medical mobile vans in rural areas, in collaboration with the Wockhardt Foundation, administering free primary healthcare to 25 million Indians every year. These Medical Mobile Vans provide a wide array of medical services that range from helping the homeless to assisting disaster victims. Some of the other areas where the organization runs its programme are rehabilitation of PWDs, support and care for cancer patients and survivors, particularly children, high-quality IT-enabled primary health care services to the underserved and vulnerable population, particularly mother and infant care, through an innovative digital platform, relief work during natural disasters, promoting sporting culture of the country, payroll donation drives and sponsoring its employees for running for various social causes. 

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Magic Bus India Foundation, Facilitating Journeys of economically disadvantaged Young Indians – From Childhood to Livelihood

Magic Bus works with children and young people taking them on a journey from Childhood to Livelihood and out of poverty. By enabling children to complete secondary education, delay their age of marriage, and skilling young people to be in jobs, Magic Bus is helping move a generation out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Since its inception, Magic Bus has transformed the lives of one million children and young people, helping them move out of poverty. In the current year, 375,000 children are on this journey of moving out of poverty in 22 states and 80 districts of India.

Magic Bus works with children and young people’s ecosystems – their parents, peers, community, and local institutions to ensure they act as a network of support and encouragement to move a person out of poverty. The programme ensures all children complete secondary education, delay their age of marriage and young people have the right skills to be gainfully employed

Magic Bus is facilitating the journeys of thousands of young Indians from Childhood to Livelihood and thereby contributing to Nation-Building.

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NTPC Limited, Energizing India’s Growth – Brightening the lives of millions of Indians

A power company that aspires to be the world’s leading power company, energizing India’s growth, being a public enterprise, contributes to Nation-Building at a scale and magnitude that few organizations can match.

As India’s largest energy conglomerate with roots planted several decades back, to accelerate power development in India, NTPC has successfully established itself as the dominant power major, fulfilling India’s power needs, with presence in the entire value chain of the power generation business.

One of India’s premier public enterprises, NTPC is a Maharatna company and is ranked No. 2 Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company rankings.

With a progressive vision for the future NTPC is committed to diversified growth whereby it is making a strong foray into the renewable / green energy sector. NTPC is committed to generating and providing reliable power in a sustainable manner by optimising the use of multiple energy resource with innovative eco-friendly technologies thereby contributing to the economic development of the nation, social upliftment and promoting a healthy environment.

The spirit of the organization is characterized by a common refrain of its employees – ‘every third bulb in the country is lit by NTPC’. Apart from the huge outlay of funds towards its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, NTPC is big on Employee Volunteering and employees do it along-with their families. Most initiative and projects are centred around Community Development and are carried out via NGOs formed by the organization at various stations of its operation. NTPC also invests in training its people for CSR such that the projects undertaken are more impactful.

According to NTPC the soul enriching activities in form of Service to Community is a source of inspiration for its people and keeps them deeply and actively engaged in Organization’s commitment to Nation-Building.

Education, Healthcare, Capacity Building among Youth by way of vocational training, tree plantation drives, green technologies, donation drives, scholarship programmes for students and youth in the communities around each station, Girl Child Empowerment, Electrification of Villages, skilling of women, livelihood for PWDs, Wasteland development & conservation of environment and marine life have been some of the high impact areas and projects of NTPC. For the pandemic relief, NTPC contributed INR 250 Crs to the PM Cares Fund, over and above a large payroll contribution by its people.

NTPC is powering India’s development in letter and spirit.

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NTPC SAIL Power Company Ltd., Enhancing the Power of India – In Letter and Spirit

A public enterprise that is a JV between two Public Sector heavy-weights, NSPCL is firmly committed to its vision “to be a sustainable, reliable and efficient power producer delivering consistent value to stakeholders” and making significant strides in that direction every year. Interestingly, apart from its core area of power generation it has also committed to other goals such as sustainable growth and commitment to care for the environment and the community. And all of this noble intent also translates into concrete action on the ground, whether it is maintaining excellent emission standards or monitoring air quality or effluent quality monitoring. It has won several coveted awards from the Govt.

Due to its allegiance to sustainable power development, there is considerable thrust on environment protection, rehabilitation, and ash utilization. And like most public enterprises, NSPCL also provides for facilities and infrastructure in education and healthcare for the local communities across the stations where they operate.  

The thrust area of CSR activities at NSPCL is Capacity Building of marginalized sections of society and integrating them with the mainstream. The beneficiaries largely represent the local communities in and around the stations where NSPCL has its installations and operations.

With a progressive vision for the future NTPC is committed to diversified growth whereby it is making a strong foray into the renewable / green energy sector. NTPC is committed to generating and providing reliable power in a sustainable manner by optimising the use of multiple energy resource with innovative eco-friendly technologies thereby contributing to the economic development of the nation, social upliftment and promoting a healthy environment.

The spirit of the organization is characterized by a common refrain of its employees – ‘every third bulb in the country is lit by NTPC’. Apart from the huge outlay of funds towards its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, NTPC is big on Employee Volunteering and employees do it along-with their families. Most initiative and projects are centred around Community Development and are carried out via NGOs formed by the organization at various stations of its operation. NTPC also invests in training its people for CSR such that the projects undertaken are more impactful.

According to NTPC the soul enriching activities in form of Service to Community is a source of inspiration for its people and keeps them deeply and actively engaged in Organization’s commitment to Nation-Building.

Education, Healthcare, Capacity Building among Youth by way of vocational training, tree plantation drives, green technologies, donation drives, scholarship programmes for students and youth in the communities around each station, Girl Child Empowerment, Electrification of Villages, skilling of women, livelihood for PWDs, Wasteland development & conservation of environment and marine life have been some of the high impact areas and projects of NTPC. For the pandemic relief, NTPC contributed INR 250 Crs to the PM Cares Fund, over and above a large payroll contribution by its people.

NTPC is powering India’s development in letter and spirit.

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Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Securing India’s Energy Availability

ONGC is on a mission to enhance India’s energy availability and that by itself is very critical to Nation-Building. Just like the other large PSEs that are the Maharatna Companies, ONGC is not just a creator of essential energy infrastructure in the country and directly and indirectly generates large scale employment opportunities, but also has a huge outlay of funds and resources for CSR, service to the community. Besides that, it is an essential service, one of the largest tax contributors to the govt. and is deeply committed to several of the UN global goals on human development. ONGC is one of the top 3 companies in the country with respect to CSR.

CSR footprints of ONGC can be traced in every state of our country starting from the tiny village of Yigi Kaum in Arunachal to Dahod district of Gujarat and from Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir to southern tip of Rameswaram. In the last one year, ONGC has undertaken more than 4000 projects covering every nook and corner of the country.

ONGC undertakes its CSR activities in broad focus areas including education, health care, entrepreneurship, initiatives for physically and mentally challenged persons, women empowerment, and water management etc.

Apart from the volunteering activities undertaken by ONGC employees towards various projects in the local communities where they operate, with a view to inculcate the seeds of philanthropy early on, among its employees, new joinees while undergoing induction training at ONGC Academy are encouraged to take up a self-driven CSR activity. So, it is the company’s ethos that serving the community is an integral part of being an ONGCian.

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Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, ‘Mission of ‘One Nation, One Grid’ – the nerve system of India’s Power Transmission

Power Grid Corporation is India’s largest Electric Power Transmission Utility Company and undoubtedly a backbone of power transmission of the country. With its scale, it aspires to be a Global Transmission Company with Dominant Leadership in Emerging Power Markets with World Class Capabilities. It operates on the philosophy of ‘One Nation, One Grid’.

Beyond creating large scale infrastructure for the country and helping deliver an essential service, as a corporate citizen, PowerGrid is committed to making a significant impact in Social & Economic Development of communities through initiatives in rural development, education, skill development, health and other areas of national importance, through a long-term strategy that it has conceptualized and deployed.

In the spirit of a Maharatna Company, Power Grid has a large number of ongoing programme and initiatives at any given point in time. Starting with causes like Environment & Sustainability wherein it undertakes projects like restoration of lakes, desilting of ponds, massive plantation drives & celebration of Vanmahotsava, promoting the use of solar energy by installing high mast lights in several states having erratic electrical power supply; to numerous other areas of community & human development like making Healthcare available, affordable and accessible for all, through its CSR interventions giving high priority to improve the healthcare infrastructure, including sub centres, primary health centres, community health centres etc. across the country. Besides this, Power Grid regularly conducts Medical Camps, provides open gymnasiums, and undertakes renovation work of Govt. hospitals. It has installed sanitary napkin machines at various government schools and undertaken construction of public toilets in various parts of the country.

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Reliance Industries Limited, Creating value for Society, Employees and Shareholders

Reliance is India’s largest company with respect to revenue, as per Fortune and one of the few Indian entries into the global Fortune 500 list. Operating in a key sector, along-with its intent to invest in India’s energy security, it is also one of the highest tax contributors to the govt., a large-scale employer, and has a significant outlay of funds towards corporate social responsibility. It continues to hold close the principle espoused by its founding father – ‘what is good for India, is good for Reliance’. It puts this principle into practice by its firm belief in value creation equally for shareholders by way of market capitalization, employees by way of training and skill-building, society by way of employment generation and tax contribution and customers by way of offerings and service in every nook and corner of the country.

Its philanthropic arm, the Reliance Foundation works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in the country, with a view to enhance the quality of their lives. The Foundation lays significant emphasis on leveraging technology for developmental solutions. Following its model of direct engagement, the Foundation directly reaches out to the affected communities through trained professionals. The Foundation is currently focusing on creating change in areas of Rural Transformation, Health, Education, Sports for Development, Disaster Response, Arts, Culture & Heritage and Urban Renewal.

Reliance contributed about 500 crores toward the COVID-19 response and another 50 crores each to the state govts. of Maharashtra and Gujarat. It also responded to the critical need for medical grade liquid oxygen during COVID-19 crisis.

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Tata Steel, The Original Nation-Builder – Pioneering Indian Industry

It would be most appropriate to call Tata Steel as India’s pioneer or the original Nation-Builder. It was established as the first truly Indian enterprise and an organization that was built on the foundation of Nation-Building. When Sir Jamshedji Tata envisioned and set up Tata Steel, the idea of strengthening India’s industrial base through effective utilization of staff and materials was underpinning the enterprise. 

Tata Steel was established in India as Asia’s first integrated private steel company. With this, it also developed India’s first industrial city at Jamshedpur. It aspires to be the global steel industry benchmark for Value Creation and Corporate Citizenship.

As an organization Tata Steel aims to be an industry leader in the Safety, Health & Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility and while many a business enterprise want to be the best in many areas, but it is uncommon to see and organization that articulates its desire to be the leader in CSR. It shows its commitment to making an impact to society.

Since the company operates in the remote regions of Jharkhand and Odisha whose overall socio-economic development is not at par with other parts of the country, it has taken it upon itself to build townships with necessary facilities (utilities, healthcare, education and opportunities for earning a livelihood) with a view to provide a superior quality of life, equally benefitting the company employees and the local population. 

Tata Steel steers its CSR initiatives by tracking impact on the various Sustainable Development Goals if United Nations. Some of the key impact areas that it focuses on are health and survival of women and children before, during, and after childbirth; ensuring schooling of thousands of children and enabling access to high quality education, to prepare them for a successful future, through its school programme; empowering tribal communities with voice and agency to lead their development agenda, residing in an ecosystem that recognizes and appreciates tribal values and living, through Tribal Leadership Programme and conservation of 5 Tribal Languages of the region; facilitating enhancement of social, natural and cultural capital of local communities through their active participation and leadership though its development corridor projects for Village Development and Panchayat Development & rejuvenation of infrastructure of 100 anganwadi centres; Programmes enabling sustainable and significant betterment in the well-being of communities proximate to Tata Steel’s operating locations by way of comprehensive primary healthcare, sustained availability of safe drinking water, enhancing household incomes through agriculture, associated activities and skill-based training for employment and entrepreneurship, enabling basic school education for all children as well as supporting education through scholarships to meritorious students, improving nutritional levels of families as well as that of children in public schools, nurturing sporting talent among the youth and engendering community self-reliance by deepening grassroots governance mechanisms in villages, particularly focusing on women leaders. 

Over and above this Tata Steel has always ensured embedding a societal perspective in key business decisions.

In the last year it undertook a goal to resolve around 200 social issues within the proximate communities, by leveraging Employee Volunteering and it achieved 21,228 volunteering hours. Through its efforts Tata Steel also facilitates meaningful engagement of its business ecosystem’s key upstream and downstream partner organizations and their employees, to enhance effectiveness of their community development initiatives.

It also actively participated in addressing the critical need for medical grade liquid oxygen during COVID-19 crisis. 

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