A look at our CSR initiatives in India in 2021, where our major focus was on uplifting the lower income groups and building a sustainable tomorrow.
In an ageing world, India has the largest youth population, giving us an extraordinary advantage. While the youth are our future, it becomes imperative for them to have proper education, skill training and good health. As the country’s largest workspace provider — dedicated to creating spaces that deliver opportunities to drive people, places and communities forward — we wanted to address the needs of the community and help India gain from its young demographic. We formulated outreach programs that would have a positive impact on our surroundings, businesses and the lives we touch.
With the pandemic pushing learning online, digital access and digital literacy are the need of the hour. To bridge the gap in learning, we set out to improve community health and well-being, while focusing on educating young minds and promoting skill development. We were able to influence 5,000 young minds to develop their skills to become future leaders.
To equip youth with 21st century skills, we partnered with ‘People for Action’ and set up computer labs in five government schools in Haryana. We also adopted a school in Tikri, Haryana, with the aim of improving its infrastructure and capabilities over a three-year period.
Empowered through CareerShala program through skills and mindset training to make career choices post 12th grade
Received art-based learnings through Project Jijivisha, in partnership with Slam Out Loud
Received computer education and virtual training through Project Computer Lab
Accommodated in a mobile crèche while their parents worked at our construction site in Gurugram
Benefited through our school adoption in Tikri, Haryana
Enrolled in residential rehab program, Project Gurukul
We also continued our COVID-19 relief initiatives. We are proud of the level of engagement that our teams drew across the country to support our communities at large. Through our healthcare service partners, we conducted vaccination drives across office campuses in Mumbai, Delhi / NCR, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai that benefited 100,000 lives, including our occupiers, employees, blue-collar staff and their family members. We disbursed funds to the NGO United Way, who worked with Action COVID-19 team (ACT), to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure in India. Funds went toward procurement, deployment and distribution of oxygen concentrators and medical equipment to public medical centers, impacting 150,000 lives a month in the process. We also engaged in many onground efforts, aiding the local community, by distributing grocery packets, freshly cooked meals and packaged drinking water to locals, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, people in containment zones, the police force and the underprivileged.
Our community welfare and outreach program went above and beyond impacting lives. In keeping with our commitment to build a sustainable tomorrow, we are constantly implementing initiatives across our campuses to lower our environmental impact. In partnership with I Am Gurgaon, we transformed the Badshahpur drain into a planned green trail consisting of walkways and pause points for the residents in Gurugram. We also adopted public spaces in Gurugram (Sector 48), Noida (Sector 135) and Kolkata (New Town, Rajarhat) to develop and maintain more green spaces. The proposed green belts are in proximity to our campuses. We also organized a campaign to promote environmental sustainability by planting saplings in and around our office campuses across India, conducting cleanliness drives and maintaining clean and environment-friendly surroundings.
This year, each one of us has played a significant role in implementing various interventions, demonstrating our commitment to walk alongside the communities in which we operate. Our initiatives are a testimony to the lives we touched and transformed and shall continue to stay committed toward our actions to drive people, places and communities forward in building a better world for tomorrow.