GLOBAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES 2017-18
As a global company operating across 39 countries, HCL’s commitment to corporate social responsibility goes beyond our Indian roots. From key offices around the world – like South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States – HCL Foundation reaches out to local communities to ma=ke life better for people in need. A key focus of our work globally is to support the development of sustainable livelihoods, including programs in education, employability and skills development, and women’s empowerment.
Here is a selection of just some of our programs:
I. THE UNITED STATES:
In the recent past, HCL had partnered with the United Way of Greater Triangle (Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina) for the Youth Success Program which aims to help young people succeed in school and life. The partnership is focusing on academic and educational support, financial literacy, family and peer support services, mentoring support for young adults, expanded learning opportunities through summer training, after-school and in-school coaching, mental health services, and employment readiness and training. HCL also partnered with NPower Technologies (NGO) to promote employability by developing the skills of youth and war veterans via trainings, internships, job placements and alike.
In FY17-18, HCLA supported the Salvation Army in its disaster relief efforts following recent Hurricanes (Harvey Irma and Maria). Apart from deploying mobile kitchens, support for staging emergency supplies, despatching disaster leadersip teams, HCL supported the Salvation Army to provide water and food to victims of hurricanes and earthquake, with the support of employees and customers. Through its partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, HCL is supporting vulnerable children and families in need of medical and nutrition services, educational programs (STEM programming) and emergency relief efforts. Through Uniting NC’s Code the Dream Program, HCL is supporting free coding education classes for youth from socially and economically compromised backgrounds.
II. HCL UK: Get Started with Technology
HCL Great Britain Ltd has been working with The Prince’s Trust to help disadvantaged young people to get trained in technology, life skills and career skills which helps them with better livelihood opportunities. HCL is currently supporting 110 young people through this initiative. The programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. In FY 17-18, HCL supported Prince’s Trust through two Get Started Programmes in Manchester and Liverpool, The Get Started With Technology series is a special partnership between HCL and Prince’s Trust and lately with our customers and is a one-of-a-kind learning program, aimed at providing mobile application development and digital learning skills to a group of underprivileged young adults in UK. The aim of the program is to make young adults employable and job-ready through a number of skills development and training opportunities. Through this program, 58 young people (24 in FY17-18) have been trained and 18+ customer organizations have been engaged so far through 3 events and plans are on for 2 more events in the coming months.
HCL UK also partnered with Manchester United and Prince’s Trust involving customers to participate in a football match on 2nd June 2017 in Manchester Old Trafford Stadium. The day-long event also had mentorship opportunities to 25 Princes Trust identified kids and opportunities to donate to Princes Trust through this event. Around 65 customer employees participated in this event.
III. South Africa:
In the recent past HCL has been working to bridge the ICT divide across disadvantaged communities in South Africa, by investing in community IT Centres, donating computers, enabling opportunities to become economically independent, providing technology and training to homeless, underprivileged and people with disabilities and encouraging job creation for the youth.
In FY 2017-18, HCL signed an MoU with the University of Johannesburg for supporting a 64-seater fully equipped Computer Lab. University of Johannesburg is a University of prime importance, not only in Africa but also in the world. Comparatively a young university, UJ has made a headway in promoting a diverse, inclusive and transformative learning environment for students from all over the world. HCL’s financial partnership with UJ aims to promote a high quality technology enabled environment for students such that they are present and future ready. The idea is ensure that the education offered at UJ is holistic, futuristic and helps the world come together, such that we have growth and development achieved for all.