The sustainability governance mechanism at Wipro derives greatly from the above guiding principles. At Wipro, sustainability is every one’s job. The responsibility is spread across hierarchies, functions and businesses with multiple functions seeing themselves as key stakeholders in its success; among these, the Global Operations team, the People Function, the Investor Relations team and the Legal team play a major role in several of the programs. However, the oversight of sustainability programs rest at the corporate level with our Chairman, Board of Governors and Group Executive Council.
The Board Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee headed by an independent director acts as CSR Committee - an apex body that oversees Wipro's sustainability policy and programs. The Committee comprising of entirely independent directors has the additional responsibility of reviewing the Company’s policies on Corporate Social Responsibility, including public issues of significance to the Company and its stakeholders. The Committee comprises Dr. Ashok Ganguly, Mr. N Vaghul and Mr. William Arthur Owens. During the financial year 2015-16, the Committee met five times and in each of the meetings, update on CSR initiatives were discussed.
The overarching responsibility for our sustainability charter rest with our Chief Sustainability Officer who reports to the Chairman. The CSO is also part of our Group Executive Council, the senior most executive body in the organization which comprises of a core group of corporate leaders.
All sustainability programs of Wipro follow the regular planning and budgeting cycles of the company and are reviewed quarterly at multiple levels – by the board, by the group executive council and by the chairman.
The operating structure of Wipro’s multiple sustainability initiatives is based on the idea of building a Coalition or network of partners – internal and external – with nodal responsibility lying with a distinct group. The initiatives are handled by four functional groups at the corporate level which carry distinct responsibility and accountability but are part of a common sustainability charter under the Chief Sustainability Officer. The operational oversight of sustainability programs as well as reporting rests with Head of Sustainability. This includes the responsibility of formally reviewing and approving sustainability disclosures and seeking assurance for reports.
The sustainability organization includes four functional groups namely ecoeye, Wipro Cares, Wipro Applying Thought in Schools and Wipro – earthian.
Collectively, these four groups pull together the different strands of our sustainability initiative and steers it in the defined direction. The reporting structure is illustrated below.
All key organizational stakeholders have vested responsibilities related to planning, execution, evangelization, review, as well as advocacy of the sustainability agenda of the company. Given below is the responsibility matrix for our environment programs (energy, water, waste and biodiversity). Other sustainability programs have similar matrix pertinent to their operations.