Embassy champions collective action to engage and empower a larger number of beneficiaries
Driven by this idea, the Community Outreach team at Embassy Group has initiated a unique platform called the ‘Corporate Connect Program’ that champions inter-company collaboration towards achieving social development. With the vision to contribute to the social and economic development of under-served communities around its properties, Embassy Group hopes to join hands with the 190+ Corporate occupiers within its 3 Business Parks to create a larger radius of social impact through collective action.
Embassy Group believes that collaboration is the path forward to closing the gaps and creating long-term, sustainable change. With a strong aligned focus on partnering together – identifying innovative solutions, executing projects, and bringing in the involvement of stakeholders is the path we see towards future success.
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Embassy Group has partnered with ANZ to transform the Government Higher Primary Schools in Hegdenagar. The two adjacent schools jointly house more than 1,200 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 will be completed in 2020.
"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
Embassy has partnered with Swiss Re, as well as Bangalore North Round Table Trust, to develop a new school building for the Government Girls Higher Primary School, Devanahalli. The build was completed in July 2018 after 7 months of construction and will benefit the 260 students enrolled at the school. The new build includes classrooms, staff rooms, a library, science labs, a multipurpose hall, a kitchen and a toilet block.
"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 and Cerner have created a consortium of corporates and NGOs to enhance the health and hygiene conditions of 133 Government Schools in Bangalore, Pune and Noida. Since 2016, Cerner and Embassy have worked together to provide free health check-ups and maintained a medical record for more than 4,000 students of 14 Embassy adopted Government Schools. With attendance levels in schools dropping, recurring conditions noted each year, and a general lack an understanding of preventative measures to combat common health problems, Embassy and Cerner invited other organizations to join them in combatting these issues in a holistic manner.
Embassy Group therefore signed an MoU with Cerner and Bangalore North Round Table Trust to implement a seven-step Health & Hygiene approach in the 133 schools.
Embassy and Cerner also partnered with other corporates to support the Department of Education during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing sanitizers for the 9.2 lakh students and invigilators sitting their SSLC exams.
Cognizant and Embassy have actively worked to engage Cognizant employees to increase our societal impact. Cognizant had joined Embassy and Cerner’s health consortium to complement the existing interventions. Through their employee volunteering program Cognizant Outreach, they have distributed health and hygiene kits to 550 students across six of the targeted Government Schools and has conducted short awareness sessions for them. Further, Cognizant has joined Embassy in boosting awareness of waste management by including their employees in Ecogames, a community engagement event that encourages residents in North Bangalore to be more aware of their environmental impact.
Embassy and Cognizant also partnered with other corporates to support the Department of Education during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing sanitizers for the 9.2 lakh students and invigilators sitting their SSLC exams.
Embassy Group and Quest Global collaborated to provide students of Government Higher Primary School, Doddakannalli 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 the around 9.2 lakh students and invigilators attending this year’s Karnataka SSLC examinations, through a joint initiative with L&T Technology Services, AXA XL Business Services, Wells Fargo, Cognizant and Cerner, Embassy has provided sanitizers for every day of the exams.
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.
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.
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.