|Water, Energy, Biodiversity and Waste Management||
Energy:With CSTEP for undertaking research on “Design and Development of smart micro-grid technologies for large scale decentralized solar power applications in indian villages – The zero energy village concept
Water continued to be a major area of collaborative focus for us in 2016-17. The two major advocacy platforms that we have been deeply involved in are summarized below
Advancing the agenda of the Karnataka State Water Network (KSWN) along with the CII Karnataka chapter. The KSWN brings together stakeholders from government, academia, civil society and business to address the most pressing issues in water in Bangalore and surrounding areas. Five area-wise clusters and one horizontal cluster on lakes were formed with specific action plans drawn up for each
The Responsible Water program seeks to address the pressing issue of ground water in the Sarjapur area in Bangalore. It does this through a combination of scientific hydrogeology and the involvement several citizen groups as part of a unique decentralized governance framework.
Biodiversity: Our participation in advocacy on biodiversity issues was through two national levels forums – the CII-India Business for Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) and the Leaders for Nature program from the India chapter of IUCN.
Waste Management: As part of the CII Steering Committee Meeting on the Voluntary Rating System for E-waste Recyclers, we are bringing in our experiences with the e-waste recycling.
|Biodiversity||Our participation in advocacy on biodiversity issues was through two national levels forums – the CII-India Business for Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) and the Leaders for Nature program from the India chapter of IUCN.|
|Horizontal areas in Sustainability and CSR||
We continued to strengthen our participation in advocacy on the cause of corporate sustainability as a whole
As Co-Chair of the CII-GBC Greenco forum (Bangalore chapter), the goal is to drive the adoption of the ‘Greenco’ framework by the IT sector. The Greenco framework encourages companies to establish a multi-dimensional framework of ecological sustainability that spans the areas of Energy, Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Product Stewardship.
During 2016-17, Wipro has participated in various eminent forums by bodies like SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), NASSCOM, Catalyst, NHRDN (National HRD Network) etc. We continued our engagement with external stakeholders where we hold advisory board / core committee positions.
Speaking engagements in public forums play an important role in building sustainability awareness and advocacy. We actively participated as speakers in several events all through the year, some examples of which are: the GRI Conference on Disability Reporting, the CII Annual Greenco Summit, Xavier University Bhubaneswar’s Annual Sustainability Summit, CII-Karnataka’s Annual Conference on Water and Sustainability workshops at IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow and MDI Gurgaon”