PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India Foundation

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PwC India Foundation

The PwC India Foundation was established in 2008 with the objective of making an impact in the areas of education and environment sustainability. Our thematic focus areas for five years i.e. FY 2016-2020 are water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), social entrepreneurship, issues of urban children, education and environment sustainability. Humanitarian response in times of disaster is embedded in our core objectives.

The foundation’s initiatives revolve around:

  1. Empowering communities: Supporting programmes run by NGOs
  2. Enabling participation: Involving employees across PwC network entities in India and using their expertise
  3. Special initiatives: Addressing some of the fundamental challenges of our country

Our corporate responsibility scorecard for FY 2019

  • Scorecard One
  • Scorecard Two
  • Scorecard Three
  • Scorecard Four
  • Scorecard Five
  • Scorecard Six
  • Scorecard Seven
  • Scorecard Eight
  • Scorecard Nine

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Take a quick look at the impact of our initiatives across the country.

PwC India Foundation Overview

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Swach: Pro-bono initiative

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Foundation day at PwC

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Changemakers' day out at PwC

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PwC mentor support

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Aurangabad drought intervention support

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Our theme areas

  • Education sustainability initiatives

    Education

    Through our education related initiatives, we're committed to making a positive and lasting impact in our communities. Providing non-formal education to underprivileged children, awarding scholarships to deserving candidates, mentoring students to complete their secondary and higher secondary education through bridge schools, linking students with apt career choices, developing leadership capacities in school children, and providing after school learning support, all form part of our work. Given our strong belief in inclusion, our education programmes include rehabilitation programmes for differently abled children.

    We also support skill development of youth and adults, with a special focus on skilling women, to increase their employability, and work on locally relevant alternative livelihood options. Gender empowerment through capacity building also forms an important part of our work.

  • Rehabilitation program

    Humanitarian Response

    We believe in responding swiftly to the areas affected by natural calamities. We provide sustained support covering all three phases of humanitarian response - relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

    Since 2013, we have responded to the following calamities and contibuted towards rebuilding lives of the affected populations:

    • - Uttarakhand floods, 2013
    • - Jammu and Kashmir floods, 2014
    • - Nepal earthquake, 2015
    • - Chennai floods, 2015
    • - Manipur earthquake, 2016
    • - Drought mitigation intervention in Uttar Pradesh, 2016
    • - Cyclone Vardah in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 2016
    • - Drought mitigation intervention in Maharashtra, 2017
    • - Assam floods, 2017
    • - Bihar floods, 2017
    • - West Bengal floods, 2017
    • - Kerala floods, 2018
    • - Cyclone Fani, 2019

    Each calamity brought its own set of challenges but with support from local partners we were able to sustain our efforts and help in rehabilitating the communities.

  • Environment sustainability initiatives

    Environment Sustainability

    Addressing environmental challenges in a timely and efficient manner is key to long term sustainability. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and taking measurable steps to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations. Our Chennai office undertook an organic farming initiative supported by a local NGO, focusing on de-weeding and protecting agricultural lands post rains, and assisting farmers in sowing, growing and harvesting agricultural produce. Our Bangalore and Kolkata offices undertake waste management programmes to build capacities of the waste picker community and sensitise the local community on waste segregation. Our Mumbai office is driving a soil and water conservation programme in the Girja river basin in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. We're also undertaking a project in the Chug valley in Arunachal Pradesh to promote community conservation and sustainable use of forests.

    As a foundation, we participate in global campaigns such as the Earth Hour and World Environment Day by undertaking employee engagement activities across all our offices to protect, preserve and promote the environment. Our offices also organise tree plantation drives, undertake waste paper recycling, conduct beach and forest cleanups at regular intervals throughout the year.

  • Urban planning for children

    Issues of Urban Children

    In 2015, children in urban India comprised 30% of the total population. However, children's needs are often not included during urban planning. The foundation collaborated with Save the Children, to launch a marquee report: Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India, which highlights problems, and suggests practical solutions for implementation of inclusive, child-friendly and equitable urban development.

    To ensure that socially and economically weaker children receive timely, primary healthcare, we support a mobile healthcare van in Delhi NCR to provide medical services to these children, as well as youth and other community members. The patients also receive medicines and secondary level referrals at this state-of-the-art van which operates five days a week. In Pune, we support a shelter home for girls which provides residence to girls facing social vulnerabilities.

  • Health and hygiene practices

    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Aligned with Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, we work with local NGOs to provide gender segregated sanitation facilities, and handwash stations in high need areas.

    Our WASH interventions exist in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, in urban areas, and Khunti, Pali, Jodhpur in semi-urban and rural areas. Our interventions are complemented by enhancing the knowledge, adaptation and aptitude of the beneficiaries through awareness generation sessions, some of which are implemented as employee engagement initiatives.

  • Social entrepreneurship, Social entrepreneurship programs

    Social Entrepreneurship

    As PwC India Foundation matures into an agent of societal change, supporting the development of the social enterprise ecosystem in India is an important parameter for us.

    We are proud to be the development partner for the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India, assisting them in setting up operations in India and developing the first fellowship programme offered by the school. Globally, PwC has been a key partner of SSE for over a decade. Since the launch of the 1st fellowship of SSE India in 2016, both PwC India and SSE India continue to empower talented Indian citizens with the right skills and knowledge to start their own social entrepreneurial journey. With PwC support, SSE India has impacted (through fellowship and mentoring) over 90 social entrepreneurs across India and an all-woman cohort from the UAE.

    The foundation supports a social entrepreneur working with selected farmer families in the northern part of Delhi. Through this project, livelihood development of farmers is being supported through a rooftop farming initiative, in addition to helping these farmers and their family members obtain citizenship identities.

Education

Through our education related initiatives, we're committed to making a positive and lasting impact in our communities. Providing non-formal education to underprivileged children, awarding scholarships to deserving candidates, mentoring students to complete their secondary and higher secondary education through bridge schools, linking students with apt career choices, developing leadership capacities in school children, and providing after school learning support, all form part of our work. Given our strong belief in inclusion, our education programmes include rehabilitation programmes for differently abled children.

We also support skill development of youth and adults, with a special focus on skilling women, to increase their employability, and work on locally relevant alternative livelihood options. Gender empowerment through capacity building also forms an important part of our work.

 

Humanitarian Response

We believe in responding swiftly to the areas affected by natural calamities. We provide sustained support covering all three phases of humanitarian response - relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

Since 2013, we have responded to the following calamities and contibuted towards rebuilding lives of the affected populations:

- Uttarakhand floods, 2013

- Jammu and Kashmir floods, 2014

- Nepal earthquake, 2015

- Chennai floods, 2015

- Manipur earthquake, 2016

- Drought mitigation intervention in Uttar Pradesh, 2016

- Cyclone Vardah in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 2016

- Drought mitigation intervention in Maharashtra, 2017

- Assam floods, 2017

- Bihar floods, 2017

- West Bengal floods, 2017

- Kerala floods, 2018

Each calamity brought its own set of challenges but with support from local partners we were able to sustain our efforts and help in rehabilitating the communities.

Environment Sustainability

Addressing environmental challenges in a timely and efficient manner is key to long term sustainability. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and taking measurable steps to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations. Our Chennai office undertook an organic farming initiative supported by a local NGO, focusing on de-weeding and protecting agricultural lands post rains, and assisting farmers in sowing, growing and harvesting agricultural produce. Our Bangalore and Kolkata offices undertake waste management programmes to build capacities of the waste picker community and sensitise the local community on waste segregation. Our Mumbai office is driving a soil and water conservation programme in the Girja river basin in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. We're also undertaking a project in the Chug valley in Arunachal Pradesh to promote community conservation and sustainable use of forests.

As a foundation, we participate in global campaigns such as the Earth Hour and World Environment Day by undertaking employee engagement activities across all our offices to protect, preserve and promote the environment. Our offices also organise tree plantation drives, undertake waste paper recycling, conduct beach and forest cleanups at regular intervals throughout the year.

 

Issues of Urban Children

In 2015, children in urban India comprised 30% of the total population. However, children's needs are often not included during urban planning. The foundation collaborated with Save the Children, to launch a marquee report: Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India, which highlights problems, and suggests practical solutions for implementation of inclusive, child-friendly and equitable urban development.

To ensure that socially and economically weaker children receive timely, primary healthcare, we support a mobile healthcare van in Delhi NCR to provide medical services to these children, as well as youth and other community members. The patients also receive medicines and secondary level referrals at this state-of-the-art van which operates five days a week. In Pune, we support a shelter home for girls which provides residence to girls facing social vulnerabilities.

 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Aligned with Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, we work with local NGOs to provide gender segregated sanitation facilities, and handwash stations in high need areas.

Our WASH interventions exist in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, in urban areas, and Khunti, Pali, Jodhpur in semi-urban and rural areas. Our interventions are complemented by enhancing the knowledge, adaptation and aptitude of the beneficiaries through awareness generation sessions, some of which are implemented as employee engagement initiatives.

Social Entrepreneurship

As PwC India Foundation matures into an agent of societal change, supporting the development of the social enterprise ecosystem in India is an important parameter for us.

We are proud to be the development partner for the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India, assisting them in setting up operations in India and developing the first fellowship programme offered by the school. Globally, PwC has been a key partner of SSE for over a decade. Since the launch of the 1st fellowship of SSE India in 2016, both PwC India and SSE India continue to empower talented Indian citizens with the right skills and knowledge to start their own social entrepreneurial journey. With PwC support, SSE India has impacted (through fellowship and mentoring) over 90 social entrepreneurs across India and an all-woman cohort from the UAE.

The foundation supports a social entrepreneur working with selected farmer families in the northern part of Delhi. Through this project, livelihood development of farmers is being supported through a rooftop farming initiative, in addition to helping these farmers and their family members obtain citizenship identities.

What's new

PwC India Chairman hands over refurbished water storage structures to Cyclone Fani survivors in Odisha
PwC India Chairman hands over refurbished water storage structures to Cyclone Fani survivors in Odisha
Ladakh project
#PwCIF is proud to partner with Sonam Wangchuk in his journey to fight water shortage and climate change in the fragile region of Ladakh.  #InternationalMountainDay #IceStupa #PwCProud
International Volunteer Day 2019
On this #InternationalVolunteerDay2019, we'd like to thank our volunteers for contributing their time and skills in creating an inclusive and empowered society. In FY19, 944 volunteers contributed 7,500 hours in making a fit-for-future society.

#HeroesOfPwCIF

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My experience

Giving collectively creates a powerful impact. Here is a collection of stories of our volunteers sharing experiences of their involvement in community initiatives.

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Manpreet Singh Ahuja

Manpreet Singh Ahuja
Partner & Leader

Happiness is a state of mind

The word "success" has different meanings for all of us. Ever since the start of my corporate career, being successful at work has been the prime focus. Earlier this year, my mentor challenged me and asked me to participate in community initiatives as that was something I hadn’t done so far.

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Jaivir Singh

Vice Chairman
PwC India Foundation, PwC India

Tel: + 91 124 4620114

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