Champion initiatives through collaborative projects that Engage clients, employees, residents, government and external stakeholders for community development. Embassy has a vision to build a fine social infrastructure and sustainable ecosystem in and around the communities we serve. Thus, we see a great amount of scope for collaboration in the future as effective partnerships between industry, as well as foundations, NGOs and the Government put social development on the fast track.
On August 21st, Embassy Group hosted the third Embassy Engage Series: Conversations on Collaboration CSR Round Table. 50 attendees from 12 corporates and 4 NGOs came together to explore and discuss the advantages of collaboration in the space of Education in CSR. The panel included Shaina Ganapathy - Head of Community Outreach & Education, Embassy Group, Parul Soni of Thinkthrough Consulting and representative of the Karnataka Government Department of Education, representatives from ANZ, Swiss Re and JCPenney, as well as Myriam Shankar, Managing Trustee of TAICT (the Anonymous Indian Charitable Trust).
To enhance the areas around our Business Parks, Embassy employees and our Business Park occupiers actively volunteer in activities curated by the Ugly Indians to clean up and beautify various hotspots. Together we have brought out around 50 volunteers to join hands and give back to surrounding communities.
As a part of Children’s Day, our partners, Colours of Life and LXL Ideas, organised the Embassy sponsored Sinchana. Over 35 Embassy volunteers along with volunteers from our corporate occupiers volunteered their time to ensure that the day was a success for the students involved. Sinchana is an interschool competition meant to highlight the extra-curricular talents of the students in a day filled with activities such as dancing, singing, painting and quizzing.
Embassy group has collaborated with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO, to provide free mid-day meals to government school children. Embassy Group initiated an employee engagement program, where employees were given the opportunity to sponsor a mid-day meal for one child for an entire year. As an added incentive, for every child that an employee sponsored, Embassy sponsored two more with Embassy employees sponsoring 200 students and the company sponsoring 400 leading to a grand total of 600.
As part of our efforts to reiterate the importance of good health and hygiene practices, our employees curated an in-house program at two government schools as part of the summer camp run by our NGO partner, Colours of Life. 6 Embassy employee volunteers implemented the program based around two themes: the importance of brushing and the right kinds of food for to maintain good dental hygiene. With a total student strength of 70, each volunteer took on a small group of kids to lead them through activities followed by a discussion on what they learned and ended the program with a distribution of a toothbrush and a toothpaste to each child.
On Dec 12th, Embassy had the opportunity to co-host a CSR Forum titled CSR: Reaching your Impact along with the American Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton. This Forum brought together over 50 participants representing 30 American corporates, including many of our park occupiers such as JC Penney, PWC, Goldman Sachs, Cognizant and Lowes to share their learnings and challenges since the CSR Law came into effect in 2013.
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), in association with Stonehill International School, the Embassy Community Outreach Team and ChildFund India, hosted a forum on creating child-friendly CSR programmes in corporate India. The panel included speakers from corporates, NGOs and educational institutions, ending with Dr. PC Jaffer, Commissioner for Public Instruction, encouraging corporates to reach out to him with ideas, challenges and needs to further inspire collaboration.