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 Programme’ that champions inter-company collaboration towards achieving social development. With the vision to contribute to the social and economic development of underserved communities around its properties, Embassy Group hopes to join hands with the 220+ corporate occupiers within its business parks to create a larger radius of social impact through collective action.
1600+ Corporate Employees Engaged
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.