Sustainability at Wipro is all about good Citizenship
It stems from the belief that corporations are socio-economic citizens and that their objectives have to be congruent with society’s goals. Today, they wield significant capacity to influence social issues, i.e. “power to do good”. This is a responsibility and must manifest in thoughtful and deliberate set of initiatives, not in charity. These must reflect the same level of rigor & strategic thinking as in business initiatives.
Wipro believes it must try to, and can make (some) lasting impact, towards creating a just, equitable, humane & sustainable society. This is reason enough to act.
- Provide leadership in thought & action on key societal issues
- Need to respond to immediate issues of current generation
- Need to work towards building a good society for future generations
Business with integrity
Clearly & finely articulated code of Business Conduct
Good Governance to achieve the highest levels of Transparency & Propriety
Social & Community initiatives
Contribute to the local communities we operate in
Catalyzing systemic improvement in Education
Manage waste in a sustainable way
Preserve & Enhance Biodiversity
Wipro Cares is Wipro’s community initiative focused on certain key developmental issues faced by underserved and underprivileged communities. It is a trust formed in the year 2003 that seeks to work with communities proximate to Wipro’s center of operations. Wipro Cares is currently engaged in 16 projects across India. Through seven of its health care projects in four states of India Wipro Cares is providing more than 75000 people in 53 villages access to primary health care.
More than 47000 children benefit from the five education projects in five Indian cities. Our project in social forestry has helped plant more than a lakh trees, and has at the same time provided livelihood to around 80 farmers. Our projects in disaster rehabilitation have helped rebuild the lives of people affected by Karnataka Floods, Bihar Floods, Japan Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, Philippines Cyclone, Uttarakhand Floods, Odisha Floods and many more. Employee engagement is an integral part of Wipro Cares where we encourage employees to volunteer with our partners, acting thus as catalysts in bringing about positive change.
To know more about Wipro Cares, please visit http://www.wipro.org/community/wipro-cares.html
This is our initiative to help in societal change and development. The intent of this initiative is to improve the quality of education in schools.
Schools across the country tend to be regimented and homogenous, with no space for individual interpretations or conceptual learning – memorizing is learning. We also believe in a social vision of democracy where each citizen is not only capable in an individual sense but also sees the ethic of equity, the essentiality of diversity, the ethos of justice, and is thus driven by social sensitivity. Schools have to be spaces that nurture these principles, capabilities and values.
We work towards bringing about this change through partnerships with civil society organizations.
This thought process drives our 3-pronged strategy –
- Work on the ground in school reform with all types of schools that define mainstream schooling through partnerships
- Building capacity in social organizations for education reform
- Advocacy and sharing of experiences and findings to influence public opinion
Over the years
- We have built a partner network of 30 of India’s foremost educational organizations
- Helped build and grow social organizations (supporting 12 partners in organization development through project support)
- Worked with around 2000 schools and 10,500 educators across 17 states reaching around 800,000 students
- Supported 10 people on Wipro Education Fellowship since 2007
- Currently, we are engaged in projects with around 700 schools across the country in partnership with 22 partners
Mission10X is a not-for-profit trust of Wipro, launched on September 5, 2007, with an aim to enhance the employability skills of engineering graduates in India. It aims to achieve this by collaborating with academicians & leading educational institutions across the country.
The Mission10X Learning Approach empowers engineering faculty with innovative teaching techniques using which they can help learners in imbibing higher level of understanding of subjects, application of concepts learned and development of key behavioral skills.
Since its launch Mission10X has gained tremendous recognition and momentum in the field of engineering education. Mission10X has reached out to over 1,200 engineering colleges across 25 States in India and has empowered over 23,000 engineering faculty members.
The core of Wipro’s social and community initiatives is focused on responsible and deep engagement with all stakeholders – present and future generations. eco-eye is the way we see ourselves and our engagement with stakeholders – on the journey to more sustainable business practices. The initiative focuses on reducing ecological footprint of our business operations, engagement with employees and our supply chain, partners and customers to create a more sustainable society, and transparent reporting/disclosures.
The ecological dimensions of our operations are focused on energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste/pollution management and recently enhancing biodiversity- we have set stretch targets for each of them. Moving beyond mere compliance with laws and regulations, engagement with employees focuses on health and safety, people development, and increasing diversity and inclusivity at workplace. Close collaboration with suppliers to reduce their own ecological footprint and help meet and exceed labour and human rights norms is a key focus area. For customers and our business partners, we offer a host of solutions and products to help make their own businesses more sustainable. Transparent reporting is important for our internal and external stakeholders – and we are responsibly proud of our achievements in this area – leaders in CDP, inclusion in DJSI and NASDAQ 100, rated among the top in OeKom apart from host of others.
“earthian is our Sustainability Program for Schools and Colleges. It is designed to act as a catalyst for fostering excellence in sustainability thinking and doing amongst young people. The annual awards program is a first step towards a deeper engagement with children and young adults in schools and colleges. Those in schools and colleges today will be our future policy makers, technocrats, administrators and educationists who will lead this change. Since its inception in 2011, earthian has more than 3000 schools and colleges registered in the program. Each year, earthian aims to introduce new themes and global issues to students. Schools have been given an activity based program with Water as the central theme while Colleges have been asked to write analytical essays on various themes such as Global Warming, Sustainable Cities etc. earthian was also launched in Hindi in 2013, targeting schools in the north Indian states.”
To know more on the program please visit www.wipro.org/earthian