Embassy’s flagship Corporate Connect program was launched in 2016 with a vision to rekindle the spirit of collaboration among like-minded corporates and channel social investments on projects which are scalable, measurable and impactful.
Through the program, corporates implementing similar CSR programs in silos come together to identify the larger social issues and arrive at a collaborative solution to address it sustainably. By adopting the Corporate Connect model, corporates can increase their ability to impact a higher number of geographies and beneficiaries by converging goals with another corporate undertaking impactful initiatives in areas different from their own.
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Since 2018, Embassy has collaborated with Fractal Analytics to provide sweaters to the students of government schools in Bangalore as part of our health kit distributions. Over the last 3 years, we have also provided health kits and engaged employees in volunteering activities. In FY22-23, Fractal Analytics also provided health kits for an Embassy adopted government school in Chennai.
Embassy has partnered with ANZ to transform the Government Higher Primary Schools in Hegdenagar. The two adjacent schools jointly house more than 2,010 students – the first phase of the project was the completed in May 2019 with the Government Higher Primary School, Hegdenagar receiving a state-of-the-art school building comprising of 15 new classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, library, a computer lab, toilet blocks and accessibility facilities for differently abled students. The second phase of the multi-year partnership kicked off in October 2019 with the new build of the Government Urdu Higher Primary School. The project was handed over in December 2020. Since then, admissions have almost doubled, leading the partnership into its next project at Government Model Primary School, Thanisandra. The partnership will provide infrastructure upgrades, new toilet blocks and new classrooms for over 1000 students. 7 classrooms and a new toilet block have been constructed, while the third phase to provide 12 new classrooms has commenced.
"Working with Embassy, you are working with a specialist that has done this before. The fact that they managed to bring [the new school building] up in 9 months is a testimonial that the partnership works. What really tilted the balance for us is that Embassy not only constructs, but their values align strongly with our purpose – to shape a world where people and communities thrive. Not only does Embassy help build infrastructure, but it is also a very active participant in maintaining it after that."
-S V Venkataraman
ANZ Bangalore Service Centre
We also distribute Preventive Resources together, such as Health Kits, Sanitary Napkins and Nutritional Snacks and provide Preventive Awareness Campaigns ,Handwash Campaigns, Daily School Maintenance & security guards. With their support we set up a computer lab at a government girls’ school in Devanahalli, provide repairs and upgrades of School Infra, provide salary support to additional teachers and engage employees in volunteering activities.
"We, at Swiss Re Global Business Solutions Centre Bangalore, are driven by the CSR vision of a long-term and meaningful engagement to positively impact society. While we were consolidating our CSR efforts towards empowerment through holistic education, we wanted to join hands with the right organizations who can bring their strengths to fulfil our aspiration. In Embassy, we not only found a world-class real-estate expert that could help expand the Government Girls’ School, Devanahalli, in record time, but also an extremely committed partner that is passionate about activating its strong network to bring together multiple individual corporate CSR efforts, and thereby broaden the positive impact of societal change. We are now looking forward to an even stronger association with Embassy to make meaningful contribution to the society."
Head Global Services Bangalore and Managing Director
Swiss Re Global Business Solutions
Embassy’s partnership with Oracle Cerner began in 2016, and continues to work towards enhancing the health and hygiene conditions of 93 government schools across Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Noida and Mumbai. Our comprehensive health program includes annual health screenings and maintenance of medical records for 16000+ students, provision of health kits across all schools thrice a year along with regular health awareness sessions and daily school maintenance. The funds for these interventions are donated by Oracle Cerner employees every year.
Since 2019, Cognizant and Embassy have actively partnered to engage employees to increase our social impact. Through their volunteering program, they have distributed health kits to government school children, and conducted health awareness sessions as well. Embassy and Cognizant also partnered with other corporates to support the Department of Educaton during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing temperature monitors for 9.2 lakh students and invigilators during the SSLC exams in 2020 and 2021.
Embassy and Quest Global collaborated to upgrade Government Higher Primary School, Doddakannali. with a brand-new covered assembly area for protection from the rain and sun, new flooring, bench seating and a toilet block consisting of two new toilets. The amenities were inaugurated by Ajay Prabhu, Chief Operating Officer of Quest Global and Shaina Ganapathy, Head of Community Outreach, Embassy Group. Given the large student strength of 550, the school previously lacked a covered space with flooring where students could eat or assemble as well as enough toilets.
"Education is the most important thing that needs to be provided to all our children and it plays a critical role in shaping communities and their people. Through the joint initiative with Embassy Group, we were able to see the smiling faces at Govt. Higher Primary School, Doddakannelli. Through our CSR initiatives - ‘Smile Engineering’ - we focus on providing education for the underprivileged children, thereby creating an environment to nurture local talent and laying a strong foundation for a better tomorrow that will benefit the entire community."
President Technology Services
Embassy provided project management services for SLK Software Services as a part of their initiative to provide the Poojanahalli village with a new building for their Government School. The educational programs for our North Bangalore Government schools were also sponsored by SLK. For 2018’s Gift-a-Smile initiative, employees from SLK Software volunteered their time to engage with students at Government Urdu Medium Higher Primary School, Hegdenagar. They handed out gifts in a fun afternoon to celebrate the festive season. The event consisted of fun and exciting games and activities, which engaged both the employee volunteers and the students.
"Last year, we moved our office to a new campus to Poojanhalli village in North Bangalore. With support from Embassy, we were able to quickly connect with the local Panchayat to identify the kind of enhancements we could provide through our CSR efforts. It was apparent that the local Government Primary school needed help as the building and associated learning environment was just not up to the mark. Embassy Group supported us with their expertise in building as we embarked on our vision to build a model school. We are glad to say that the new building was handed over in February and seeing the joy on the faces of the children was all we needed as a true validation of our joint efforts. We hope to continue nurturing it in various ways for years to come."
-Hanuman P Chittem
SVP & Chief Client Officer
SLK Software Services
Seeking to plug newly identified gaps in education, Embassy Group joined with Mphasis and Stonehill International School to provide two new school buses to Stonehill Government School, Tarahunise. Mphasis provided the buses and will be funding costs for one year, while Stonehill International is providing ongoing management. The buses will help students overcome difficulties in commuting to school from rural villages and is expected to boost attendance.
"It is heartening to hear that the joint initiative between Mphasis and Embassy Group has improved accessibility and infrastructural support for Stonehill Government Higher Primary School, Tarahunise, where the donation of two school buses served to increase enrolments by 33% at the start of the 2019 academic year. We are hopeful that our support will continue to increase enrolment, attendance and more importantly learning outcomes for children."
Stepping in to ensure the health and safety of 9.2+ Lakh students and invigilators attending Karnataka SSLC Board Examinations, Embassy along with corporate partners L&T Technology Services, AXA XL, Business Services, Cognizant and Cerner, provided sanitizers at the exam centres across the state in 2020 and 2021.
Co-funded by the partners under Embassy’s Corporate Connect Program, Embassy procured, stored, packed and distributed the sanitizers to 2,897 centres across the state. Additionally, sanitizers were provided to the 9,979 evaluators for a 10-day period while the exams were marked.
In 2022, Embassy supported the SSLC Board Examinations by providing sanitizers and N95 masks for the safety of the students and invigilators across the state.
Embassy Group partnered with the Ugly Indians and corporates that occupy office space in Embassy Manyata Business Park to kick off the Hebbal Tech Hub Transformation. 19 CXOs from 8 corporates that included Cognizant, Lowes, L&T, Cerner and Mavenir were successfully mobilised to upgrade and paint the walls near the main entrance of the Park.
Around 300 employees from Nvidia joined hands with Embassy & The Ugly Indian, to provide the students of Hedgenagar Government Kannada and Urdu Medium Higher Primary Schools with a better school infrastructure. The activities included re-painting and beautifying the walls of the schools and cleaning up the school premises.
In 2020, Silicon Valley Bank and Embassy worked together on Covid Relief initiatives. SVB provided hygiene kits for those in need, endurance kits for the support staff and security personnel at Manyata Tech Park, traffic police officials, KSRTC hospital and Peenya hospital. In FY22-23, SVB employees came together to provide health kits and health awareness sessions to the students of Karnataka Public School, Hebbal. They also volunteered to provide door-to-door waste management awareness to the residents of 2 villages in North Bengaluru, with support from The Anonymous Indian Charitable Trust, under our EcoGram programme.
Embassy Group has partnered with Philips India to run their SimplyHealthy@Schools Program for around 65 students during the summer camp of our Stonehill Government School. Employee volunteers from Philips shared simple lessons on improving a student’s knowledge of healthy living, including oral hygiene, handwashing, exercise, nutrition and caring for one’s own environment. The interactive session included a game to underscore the day’s lessons, as well as a health kit giveaway.
As part of our mandate to ensure that the spaces around our parks is taken care of, we joined hands with the Ugly Indians, our Embassy Employees and our corporate occupiers including Target, Swiss Re and the Hilton, to beautify the walls leading from the back entrance of EGL to NAL Wind Tunnel Road. 50 volunteers joined to clean up, paint and better engage with the surroundings of the place in which they work.
To create awareness around the International Day of Disabled Persons, Embassy in association with the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC) hosted a session on ‘Optimal Implementation of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act’ to make urban spaces more accessible. The event hosted differently-abled speakers who shared their experiences, the issues they face with the current system and the necessity for sensitisation amongst various sectors.
To raise awareness amongst corporates about the promotion of Sport being included in the scope of CSR spending and encourage them to consider funding sport in their CSR efforts, Embassy curated a panel discussion, ‘Making Sport in India.’ This event a part of a series of round tables and forums called the Embassy Engage Series that provides platforms for corporates to deliberate on a variety of social challenges. The forum included a panel discussion involving cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar, Jitu Virwani – Chairman & Managing Director of Embassy Group and Founder of the Embassy International Riding School (EIRS), Kamal Bali, President & Managing Director of Volvo, Badminton star Aparna Popat and well-known cricket scribe Suresh Menon. The panel, moderated by Ashwini Nachappa, India’s ace sprinter and founder of Ashwini’s Sports Foundation, discussed the path towards a sports revolution in India, the challenges to creating a robust grassroots program for identifying and nurturing talent, and the need to reignite the love for sport in school.
Embassy, in collaboration with iVolunteer, hosted the 2nd Corporate Round Table on Employee Engagement. 36 participants from 11 corporates and 3 NGOs, including our corporate occupiers, Cognizant, ANZ, Concentrix, IBM, Mitel, Lowes, Fidelity and Ola, joined us at Manyata to present opportunities for sustainable action around our communities and case studies on successful impact through active employee participation. The round table resulted in the creation of a consortium of Corporates that were keen to engage their employees in collaboratating with the Ugly Indians to clean up and upgrade public spaces around their offices.
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, Embassy helped the Canadian High Commission to host a brunch for a host of senior corporate heads and 14 girl students from Shanti Bhavan school, followed by an opportunity for attendees to shadow a CXO for the day. Embassy was joined by Infosys, Novatek International, Amadaus Software Labs India Pvt. Ltd. among others to help familiarise girls with the corporate world and inspire them to aim for the top.
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).
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.
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.
In collaboration with ACT Grants and United Way Bengaluru, our 9th Embassy Engage Series hosted speakers such as Prashanth Prakash, Partnerat Accel, Aditya Virwani, COO at Embassy Group, Rajesh Krishnan, Executive Director at United Way Bengaluru and Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Chairman and Global Medical Director at Columbia Asia Hospitals. This was an online event, and was attended by 20 corporate partners, including IBM, ANSR, SVB, MBRDI and Biocon.
Our 10th Embassy Engage Series was on Inclusion in the Workplace for Persons with Disability was in collaboration with EnAble India. Our speakers included Mike Holland, CEO Embassy REIT, Nayanthara Janardhan, Program Manager at Enable India, and Shaina Ganapathy, Head of Community Outreach, Embassy Group. This was an online event and was attended by 11 corporate partners, including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mitel, Indegene, Target and Nvidia.
Embassy Group, along with our corporate partners, Cerner, SVB and Cognizant, hosted a discussion with a team of government authorities from the CPI’s (Karnataka) office on Namma Shaale Nanna Koduge (NSNK). NSNK is a website under progress through which corporates can find specifications of government schools and their requirements. The website aims to make it convenient for corporates to find relevant schools for their CSR initiatives and also to align CSR goals with that of the government, so as to avoid unnecessary repetition of efforts.