At Wipro, we think that it is crucial to engage with proximate communities wherever we have significant presence. We choose to work with underprivileged communities in particular. This is a reaffirmation of our belief that at its core, social responsibility and sustainability must transcend boundaries whether organizational or national.
Our work is channeled through Wipro Cares in India, a unique trust that is based on the operating model of employee contributions matched by Wipro Limited. Nearly 40,000 Wipro employees are engaged with Wipro Cares either through volunteering or by way of monetary contributions or both. Wipro Cares works in the areas of primary health-care, primary education, education for children with disability, community ecology and disaster rehabilitation.
In North America, Wipro Cares is partnering with First Book, a non-profit organization based in Washington DC that provides free books to children in need. Wipro Cares chapters in North America and First Book have been working together to donate more than 234,000 books in communities throughout the U.S.A and Canada. Wipro employees have also been involved closely in the Million Women Network, an initiative designed to engage more women in STEM careers in the U.S.A. More than 100 employees have committed time to mentoring women to choose careers in STEM. Apart from the above key initiatives, Wipro employees across the USA and Canada regularly engage in location-specific social initiatives through volunteering or monetary contributions or both.
In South Africa, we have been active participants in a number of programs aligned with the ‘Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act’ that aims to distribute wealth across a spectrum of previously disadvantaged South African society. Our work covers computer literacy for youth, skills and entrepreneurship development and working with underprivileged schools.
Our chapters in Philippines, UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan have also been very active in engaging with local communities on a range of initiatives that include disaster rehabilitation, biodiversity conservation, health care, and education for disadvantaged children, particularly children with disabilities.