Possibly the world’s largest employee engagement initiative
Bangalore, India - September 21, 2014:
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company today organized the ninth edition of the 'Spirit of Wipro Run', an annual global initiative to celebrate the true Spirit of Wipro with thousands of employees, their families, friends, customers, analysts and suppliers running together on the same day at different locations across the world.
The central theme of this year's event - For the Long Run - underscores marathons as a test of endurance, dedication and commitment.
Commenting on the Run, TK Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Wipro Limited said, "Marathons celebrate the triumph of human spirit and instill in us the ability to overcome seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Grit, stamina and determination are key business attributes, all of which are essential for a marathoner. Over 63,000 runners including employees, customers, families, friends and other stakeholders participated in our ninth edition, bearing testimony to the resounding success of this year's run."
The 2014 edition of the Spirit of Wipro Run saw over 300 people from client organisations participate in the run. The event also saw officially timed 10K and half marathons in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Saurabh Govil, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Wipro Limited said, "The Spirit of Wipro Run is possibly one of the world's largest employee engagement initiatives, driven and owned by employees themselves. It is a prime example of a mammoth collaborative effort, drawing on the ideas and experience of individuals across the globe and bringing with it a strong bond of togetherness."
A passionate runner, Mark Jordan, Solution Optimisation Centre Manager, Gas Distribution of National Grid, a key customer of Wipro, said, "Over the last 10 years or so I have been a committed runner, mainly for selfish reasons. I have run 20 marathons and many more half marathons, to improve my fitness, health and well-being. I generally train alone and enjoy the personal time and space for self-reflection and self-focus. That said, my running has taken me to many countries and has given me the chance to share my challenge with tens of thousands of runners from different backgrounds, all of whom have a single common goal - to finish! The Spirit of Wipro Run, allows me to run locally with many friends, family and colleagues, whilst also being connected to a global community with common aims - to have fun, to raise money and to finish."
As in the previous years, the Run supports local causes identified by Wipro Cares, the community initiatives arm of Wipro. This year's run will also see an active community engagement program along with various NGOs on a global scale.
"The Spirit of Wipro Run aligns directly with our objective of fostering inclusivity and making deep and meaningful contribution to local communities. Over the years, the Run has come to demonstrate the social conscience of the company and empowers its participants to become catalysts of change, through its association with various community initiatives," noted Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited.
Over the years, the 'Spirit of Wipro Run' has built a large community of runners within the organization. Many employees, their friends and families have been part of Wipro's Running Club that trains throughout the year.
About Wipro Ltd.
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology" - helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner's approach to delivering innovation, and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of over 140,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com
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