Technology giant Wipro has spent Rs 181.8 crore towards corporate social responsibility activities in the financial year 2019-20, according to the latest integrated annual report released by the
Notably, the actual spend is much higher than the prescribed amount every year, for the past five
years, likewise for previous years as well, since the firm has been engaged in Nation Building
decades before the mandate came into effect.
Over and above the annual spend of Rs 181.8 crore, the company pledged Rs 100 crore towards
COVID-19 relief work.
The sum is being invested in helping frontline health professionals fighting the pandemic, medical
aid, and essentials for the most vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus pandemic and
resultant lockdown, the report states.
“As the world’s best scientific minds scramble to find a vaccine or a cure for the virus, as businesses we have a deep responsibility to the communities within which we operate. Our response is an integrated set of carefully targeted actions that we are implementing in close collaboration with the Azim Premji Foundation and Wipro Enterprises Pvt Ltd, where we have jointly committed Rs. 1,125
crore, Wipro’s Chairman Rishad A Premji said.
“Our commitment rests on two crucial pillars, the first is to balance short-term relief with medium-
term requirements over the next 12-18 months and the second is to prioritize our effort to the most
vulnerable sections of society who have been most adversely affected,” he added.
According to the report, the majority portion of the CSR budget is directed towards education and
skilling initiatives. “The belief is that a good education brings about a better society, as has been proven in countless impact studies. The interventions span primary and secondary schooling, and
higher education in India and abroad,” it states.
The company also empowers disadvantaged communities in a meaningful way through the
Community Care initiatives, which are run through Wipro Cares. The platform matches employee
contributions with Wipro Limited contributions in a 1:1 ratio (the company matched employee
contributions for COVID-19 in a 2:1 ratio).
In FY 2019-20, the CSR programme provided primary healthcare across five states to 1,22,000 people
and restored livelihoods of 8,000 unfortunate people whose lives were devastated by floods and
cyclones. The solid waste management project in Bengaluru and Mysuru reached out to 12,000
waste workers, the report states.
“From agro-forestry to urban solid waste management and sustainable farming, the Community
Ecology programmes cover diverse ground. It is helping farmers in rural Tamil Nadu be more
effective in their sowing practices. The cities of Bengaluru and Mysore have hundreds of workers in
the informal waste sector who have better health and food security via this CSR initiative,” the
By Murtuza Merchant