Capco India supported 11 CSR projects in 2020-21
Capco India supported 11 CSR projects in 2020-21 – Capco India’s CSR Committee was created in April 2020 with the goal of enabling the business to engage actively in the development of communities & the environment in a more structured way. Made up of 20 Capco employees, the Committee’s vision is clear: to make a difference & add value to the lives of individuals, businesses, & communities.
To this end, its mission is to empower marginalized sections of society, help change the lives of people with disabilities and care for the terminally ill, promote environment conservation efforts, and provide disaster relief to affected areas. Capco is a global technology and management consultancy specializing in driving digital transformation across the financial services industry.
In December 2020, the CSR Committee organized an auction and fundraising event, GET CRAFTY@CAPCO, where all Capco India employees and their families were invited to participate in an arts & craft competition. The 11 winners’ artwork was put up for auction, raising a total of Rs.1,51,000; part of the proceeds was directed towards supporting Shishu Mandir – a govt-funded institution that runs an orphanage of 46 children below 6 years of age – with the remainder being allocated to future initiatives.
As the human damage caused by the pandemic escalated in the early part of 2021, Capco’s Global CSR team committed US $10,000 to funding COVID-19 relief projects in India. Capco India matched this contribution with the further US $4,862 & a total of Rs. 11.09 Lakhs was directed to support the work of 3 NGOs.
– 1. Khushiyaan Foundation – Capco funded the procurement of 50L oxygen cylinders for hospitals and two oxygen concentrators for home emergency use.
– 2. Uday Foundation – 400 Wellness kit and 5000 cooked meals have been funded for homeless footpath dwellers.
– 3. DAVO – funding for medical supplies (pulse oximeters, nebulizers, PPE kits, and 500 N95 masks) and machinery for producing biodegradable sticks for use in cremations.
As it transpired, the advent of COVID meant that the past 18 months have proved a particularly grueling experience for India as well as the wider world. However, as Sarmistha Bhattacharjee, Capco India CSR Champion, notes: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going – and that is exactly what the committee chose to do, extending our support to communities and engaging in social welfare activities.”
Since physical volunteering activities were not an option due to pandemic-related restrictions, the Capco India CSR team chose to partner with a diverse range of non-governmental and charitable organizations while also driving internal fundraisers and donation drives.
As part of Capco’s global engagement with Bankers Without Borders, Capco India worked with Jan Sahas, an NGO committed to protecting rights and promoting the development of socially excluded communities, with a special focus on girls and women. Jan Sahas was facing challenges in the collection of data, latency in updating data to its centralized database, and a lack of legal and technical competencies among its staff, among other challenges. A three-member Capco team implemented solutions to input data automatically via Google Forms and Sheets and conducted multiple sessions with ‘barefoot lawyers’ [self-taught legal activists] and their teams to train them to update and submit the forms. The Capco team also helped to address accessibility and accuracy shortcomings and implement real-time data maintenance and data storage.
Capco India has also been supporting the work of Give India, which has been collaborating with NGOs across the country to provide medical equipment and other resources. Capco’s contribution Rs. 10.58 Lakhs provided for the purchase of beds, oxygen cylinders, and oxygen concentrators.
Reflecting on past achievements and next steps, Sarmistha says: “Through the hard work of my fellow CSR Committee members and the dedication and generosity of our colleagues across Capco India, over the past 18 months we have achieved incredible results in fulfilling our CSR mission. We are now looking to build on that momentum in the second half of 2021 and into next year by focusing on a further seven projects we have in scope. We are also looking to facilitate educational classes for the marginalized children, conduct social events for the aged living in care homes and hospices, and devise programs to help employ differently-abled people.”
Hiri Kowshika, the Managing Partner for India, said: “In India, we’re passionate about CSR, with a significant no of our employees demonstrating a high level of commitment & support for a range of projects. Alongside her CSR committee colleagues, Sarmistha has led from the front, forming teams from among our employee volunteers to spearhead initiatives across a range of good causes within India & partnering with other Capco CSR programs at the global level. On behalf of all our colleagues in India, I’d like to thank the Committee & all our volunteers for their commitment and contributions & wish them ever greater success & satisfaction with their upcoming initiatives – our humble way of giving back to our communities & to society.”
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