Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted with the objective of stimulating action over the next 15 years in areas which are of critical importance for humanity and the planet. These goals focuses on achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner. These goals call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet and covers a wide range of issues like poverty eradication, economic growth education, health, social protection, climate change, environmental protection.
Given the ambitious nature of the targets for 2030, magnitude of efforts required to achieve them and the scale of challenge, it is not possible to achieve the goals without meaningful partnership between different stakeholders. Businesses as drivers of economic growth and employment and a source of finance, technology and innovation is a key stakeholder and it has great potential to contribute towards the implementation of the SDGs. They can use SDGs as a framework to explore new opportunities and pursue responsibilities, thereby assisting in the implementation of the goals at national level.
At Wipro, we are actively working on multiple aspects of development which are aligned with the different themes of SDGs. Our initiatives and their alignment with the SDGS are explained below.
|Sustainable Development Goals||Our Programs|
|Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages||Well-being and safety is a critical component of doing business at Wipro and it is embedded in our core values of acting with integrity and sensitivity. We work towards enhancing well-being of our employees through workplace safety and security initiatives with special focus physical and emotional health.
For more information, refer to ‘Employee Well-being and Safety’
|Goal 4: Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all||Education is one of the themes identified by Wipro to help in societal change and development. Currently, there are multiple distinct tracks running on school education, each with its own overarching goals but with shared synergies wherever relevant. Wipro Applying Thought in Schools works towards systemic reform of education in the country. The Wipro Cares program in school education focuses on supporting access to and ensuring continuity of school education for underprivileged children as well as children with disability, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Wipro School Education Fellowship (SEF) was started with the purpose of strengthening Science and Math teaching in schools through teacher capacity building.
For more information, refer to ‘Partnering for Social Change’
|Goal 5: Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls||At Wipro, diversity and inclusion principles are embedded in our organizational values, culture, policies and processes. We have a structured program ‘Women of Wipro’ to develop and nurture the women talent in the organization.
For more information, refer to ‘Diversity and Inclusion’
|Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all||Wipro’s water stewardship program has water efficiency, responsible sourcing and water security as its stated objectives. Our engagement with water include a broad range of programs, both, within Wipro and outside like recycling waste water, use of water efficient fixtures, rain water harvesting and Participative Ground Water Management.
For more information, refer to ‘Water Stewardship’
|Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all||Wipro contributes to the cause of affordable and sustainable energy by investing in renewable energy resources, adopting energy efficient practices as well clean energy technologies and infrastructure.
For more information, refer to ‘Energy Efficiency and GHG Mitigation’
|Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth – Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all||Wipro is a global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company with 170,000+ workforce and revenues of $7.7 Billion. The company contributes to the economic growth and development for all by creating jobs while upholding highest labor standards across operations and the value chain.
Refer to ‘Workplace Sustainability’ and ‘Financial Stewardship’
|Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation||Inclusive and sustainable industrial development and technological progress furthers the cause of income generation. Wipro continues to work on technological innovations which can drive sustainability by way of digitalization and dematerialization, system integration and optimization and offers a range of sustainability inspired solutions to our customers.
For more information, refer to ‘Innovation’ and ‘Sustainability Inspired Solutions’
|Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable||Wipro through its community programs is working closely with industry, government and communities on different challenges posed to urban living. We have identified mobility, waste and water management as the themes of engagement.
For more information, refer to ‘Urban Resilience’
|Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns||Wipro sustainability program aims to reduce its ecological footprint and a number of initiatives have been developed to improve resource and energy efficiency across its value chain. The focus is on energy efficiency, responsible water use, and pollution and waste management.
For more information, refer to ‘Ecological Sustainability’
|Goal 13: Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts||Understanding the implications of climate change to the planet and business in specific, Wipro has set ambitious scientifically valid and traceable goals to reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 people emissions intensity figures. In 2015-16, we undertook a target setting exercise to propose targets for the period 2015-16 to 2019-20. We used the science based target setting framework from WRI (World Resource Institute) that tries to align itself with the 2 degree imperative i.e. global emissions by 2050 to be 20% of 1990 levels so as to stay within the threshold of 2 degree rise in average surface temperature. We have adopted targets for 2025 and 2030 also and these will be revisited at the next target review exercise in 2020.
For more information, refer to ‘Energy Efficiency and GHG Mitigation’
|Goal 15: Life on Land – Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss||Wipro currently runs a significant initiative around campus biodiversity in two of our campuses in India. It is our objective to convert five of our existing campuses to biodiversity zones and design all our new campuses based on biodiversity principles.
For more information, refer to ‘Campus Biodiversity’