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 of Directors comprises 3 Executive and 7 Independent Directors. In keeping with the company’s Corporate Governance guidelines, the Board is comprised of a majority of Independent Directors. The Board of Directors has designated one Independent Director as Lead Independent Director . The Lead Independent Director is responsible for coordinating the activities of the other independent directors, and to perform various other duties. The general authority and responsibility of the Lead Independent Director are to be decided by the group of Independent Directors. The nomination and selection process for appointing Directors is led by the Board Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee. Nomination is governed by Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Board Nomination policy. Nomination criteria includes experience, expertise, and specific diversity factors such as Gender and Nationality, to promote diversity of composition and perspective. Further, importance is given to personal characteristics such as ‘awareness of the Company’s responsibilities to its customers, employees, suppliers, regulatory bodies, and the communities in which it operates ’. Familiarization programs are conducted for newly appointed Directors, through meetings with key officials and senior business leaders. During these meetings, Directors are familiarized with the roles and responsibilities of Directors, as well as other specific aspects such as governance, strategy, and related matters .
The Board Governance, Nomination and Compensation Committee is headed by an independent director, and also acts as the 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. This committee and the Chairman will discuss and sign off the goals and objectives along with the budgets of CSR programs at the beginning of every year. Subsequently, the sustainability team leadership will allocate the budgets in line with the defined priorities and goals. The sustainability / CSR leadership team also presents a quarterly report to the Chairman and the Board CSR Committee .
The Committee comprises Dr. Ashok Ganguly, Mr. N Vaghul and Mr. William Arthur Owens. During the financial year 2016-17, the Committee met four 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 also reviewed by the group executive council.
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 to ensure comprehensive reporting of material topics as well as seeking external assurance .
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.