Socially Responsible Business | HCL Technologies

HCL FOUNDATION

HCL Foundation (HCLF), established in 2011, as a not-for-profit organization, seeks to engage with various stakeholders to bring about developmental changes in a holistic manner. The Foundation was formed on the belief that every HCL employee can make a difference and is funded through employee and organizational contributions. Community-based programs and activities are planned with a keen focus on sustainability and employee engagement. Over the years, the Foundation has expanded its focus and activities and plays a significant role in realizing the overall sustainable agenda of the company. HCL Foundation has committed Rs. 1 billion towards CSR initiatives over the next five years.

HCL Samuday

HCL Samuday has been working toward the upliftment of rural community with a reach of six lakhs people residing across 765 villages of Uttar Pradesh.

Objectives

The program aims for all-round development in agriculture, education, infrastructure, health, livelihood, and WASH in the target villages.

Key highlights

  • Profiting over 16,000 farmers from various agricultural interventions
  • Providing nutritional food security to 2,000+ households
  • Allowing around 13,000 children in class one and two to receive ICT-based education in 300 government schools
  • Providing education to 3,500+ neo-literates and 6,500+ women
  • Treating 16,000+ patients through mobile health clinics
  • Installing almost 300 kWp of solar energy infrastructure
  • Improving the source of income for 18,000+ households through various agri-allied and entrepreneurial activities
  • Making 60 villages open defecation free (ODF)

HCL Grant

The HCL Grant aims to achieve sustainable rural development by supporting NGOs doing pathbreaking work India in thematic categories, such as environment, education, and health. A grant of INR five crores is awarded to one NGO in each of the three categories annually. In this year’s edition four HCL Grant, 4,245 NGOs have registered. About 1,035 NGOs have participated in the second HCL Grant symposiums conducted from 28 April to 31 May 2018 in 12 locations across India.

Key highlights

  • The annual HCL Grant commitment went up from 15Cr (US$2.1Mln) to ₹16.5Cr (US$2.4Mln).
  • For due diligence, HCL Foundation and the Grant team, along with HCL Grant consultants covered 47 NGOs in 45 days across 21 states of India.
  • As of November 2018, HCL Grant had reached out to 3,70,539 people across three categories – education, environment, and health –  in 3,567 villages, 26 districts, and 12 states of India, out of the total target of 9,11,736 through seven HCL Grant partners.

HCL Uday

HCL addresses its corporate social responsibility toward its immediate neighborhood through ‘HCL Uday’.

Objectives

This program reaches out to the areas that face challenges, such as urbanization and inability of communities. It addresses issues across the thematic areas of education, health (including WASH), livelihood, and the environment through an Integrated Community Development Approach (ICDA).

Key highlights

  • Taking cognizance of the migration and displacement, it works toward sustainable development of communities living below the poverty line in the urban areas.
  • It is currently reaching out to over 5,00,00 people through operations across 11 cities of India where HCL has a presence.

Integrated Community Development Approach (ICDA)

Our programs follow an ICDA to design inclusive and sustainable community-based solutions using the life cycle approach to break the cycle of poverty.

This is achieved through the following projects:

  1. My Community – The ‘My Community’ program is HCL Foundation’s endeavors in the urban slum communities. Through this unique model, HCL Foundation addresses diverse social issues in an integrated manner. The project involves improved access to existing government service delivery points by entering into strategic MoUs with relevant government departments. The model is designed to ensure that the target population experiences holistic development with a healthy lifestyle, and is educated and adequately skilled.
  2. My School - The State School Quality upgradation project is based under ‘right to education,’ to improve enrolment, attendance, and learning outcomes of students. This is achieved through a participatory approach of school development, which includes building capacities of all the relevant stakeholders in the school’s ecosystem.
  3. My Scholar – This includes sustainable career development for students from weaker economic backgrounds. Under this program, the HCL Foundation provides a long-term scholarship and mentoring support to meritorious and talented students from HCL project locations and children of HCL’s support staff. The scholarship is funded through ‘Power of One –‘HCL’s payroll giving program, and driven by HCL employees who provide mentoring support to the scholars.
  4. My Worth – The program uses a self-efficacy model to empower and enable the younger generation toward self-reliance through a gender transformative approach.
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Power of One

Under the 'Power of One’ program, 36,000+ employees contribute INR 1/2/5 per day toward the social and economic upliftment of vulnerable communities through a voluntary payroll giving program.

Major work, include

  • The funds collected are used to provide scholarship support to 172 academically bright students from low-income families belonging to places, such as NCR, Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Hyderabad, and Vijayawada; and 51 sports scholars who have performed exceptionally in sports like football, chess, badminton, kabaddi, and athletics.
  • HCLites also spend time in mentoring, counseling, and career development of these scholars.
  • Our HCL Community champions have shown great commitment toward all volunteer-based activities of HCL Foundation and have clocked over 1,60,000 volunteering hours.

Community initiatives in geos:

The United States

HCLA supports SOS Children’s Villages, the largest childcare NGO, which is reaching out to 290,000 vulnerable children and families by providing medical and nutrition services, educational programs (STEM programming), and emergency relief support.

  • HCLA’s sponsorship of Code the Dream, an initiative by Uniting NC, is supporting free-coding education classes for 40 youth from poor socio-economic backgrounds.
  • NPower Technologies (NGO) is providing employment by developing the skills of youth and war veterans via training, internships, and job placements.
  • Additionally, HCLites are also contributing to the local community by taking part in Autism and Breast Cancer Awareness Walks, food packaging events, building houses through Habitat for Humanity, blood donation camps, and food and toy drives.

The United Kingdom

HCL UK has been working with The Prince’s Trust for the last five years by helping disadvantaged people get trained in technology, life skills, and career skills to improve their prospects.

  • Through the ‘Get Started with Technology’ series, young people were trained in mobile application development and digital learning skills to improve employability.
  • The program is also helping young people from disadvantaged schools get exposure to how large organizations function and understand opportunities in technology post-school, thus securing job options.

South Africa

HCL has invested over INR 1.3M to promote high quality, technology-enabled environment for students at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Other contributions include:

  • Inaugurating an electrical engineering computer lab to which HCL has donated 64 computers.
  • HCL is also supporting bursaries to students pursuing computer science.
  • It is supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation by sponsoring the ‘Mandela Day Library Project’ as part of a literacy program in local schools like Thuthuzekani Primary School and Elethu Themba Public School and training teachers to utilize the space to educate community children.