Deloitte’s CSR Initiatives in India
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At Deloitte, we are driven by one purpose – making an impact that matters. It is in keeping with this purpose that we seek out corporate social responsibility initiatives to address strategic, operational and financial challenges within our local communities and make an enduring impact. Focusing primarily on education and employability in India, our efforts in 2016 were aimed at contributing towards the success of India’s future generations.
This was accomplished through our six flagship programs:
- Impact Day – On its 14th Impact Day, Deloitte volunteered 143,000+ hours to touch over 9,42,000 lives through 175 education and skill development-related projects across 12 cities. One of Deloitte’s most visible programs, Impact Day has Deloitte professionals investing the entire work day to make tangible contributions through nonprofit projects, thereby supporting the underserved and strengthening relationships in local communities.
- Year-round volunteer projects – Sustaining what is achieved on Impact Day, year-round volunteering has Deloitte professionals lead strategic projects for long-term, sustainable outcomes. The volunteering program gives Deloitte professionals the opportunity to pay it forward by sharing their knowledge and experience with those less fortunate in our communities. In 2016, over 2,000 professionals volunteered their time and skills at 46 nonprofits and 92 public schools across 4 cities. For instance, Samridhdhi Trust in Bengaluru is educating 1,600+ out-of-school children, of which 500+ are in their bridge school this year, while 800+ out-of-school children have already been inducted into both mainstream private English medium schools and government schools in the last 5 years. Through its year-round involvement, Deloitte volunteers are helping improve the academic standards and English proficiency of children in nine locations across Bengaluru.
- Deloitte Employee Giving program (DEGP) – Our professionals have the option of monetarily supporting nonprofits, educational institutions or specific causes as listed under DEGP. In 2016, 6,350 Deloitte professionals came forward to make voluntary contributions towards nonprofit projects that Deloitte engages with.
- Strategic Donations – Deloitte makes meaningful investments in large-scale transformational projects that have produced proven outcomes in academic excellence and employability. In 2016, Deloitte supported 41 projects identified for the long-term impact they aim to achieve, in the areas of education and skill building, medical assistance and healthcare and better policy governance.
- Deloitte Center for Leadership & Community – We help nonprofits and educational institutions improve their skills and achieve higher potential by sharing knowledge through capacity-building programs.
- Pro Bono – We also leverage our intellectual capital to help strengthen nonprofits’ capabilities, with a focus on their long-term sustainability.
Through 2016, we furthered our flagship Courageous Principals program to cover another 200+ principals in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, successfully completing outreach to all model schools in the two states. Another 58 school principals from government schools in 13 districts of Karnataka were part of a pilot batch in Bengaluru. These model school principals impact close to 2,000 students. The Courageous Principals program extends Deloitte’s time-tested leadership development framework to India’s school system, empowering government school principals to be drivers of the change they want to see in their schools.
At Deloitte University: The Leadership Center in Hyderabad, Deloitte hosted “Step Up”, providing industry exposure for engineering students by helping them present their profiles more effectively. This program was initiated in response to an ask from the nonprofit organization – TASK (Telangana Association for Skill and Knowledge), and helps address employability challenges among government engineering school graduates. The program was rolled out in two waves, impacting 450 students.
Focusing on holistic transformation of communities, Deloitte continues to support a three-year project plan to develop ‘Bahadurpura Mandal’ – one of the largest divisions in Hyderabad, Telangana. According to a baseline study by the United Way of Hyderabad, the mandal has alarmingly low indicators in its quality of education – only 54% of the enrolled students attend school regularly; pass percentage for grade 10 is the lowest in Hyderabad (46%); and dropout rates are very high. Deloitte’s efforts, in collaboration with United Way Hyderabad and local nonprofits , can directly impact 14,000 children in the schools and the future generations of Bahadurpura.