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 next five years i.e. FY 2016-2020 are Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), social entrepreneurship and issues of urban children. 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 our employees and using their expertise
  3. Special initiatives: Addressing some of the fundamental challenges of our country

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Where we work

PwC India Foundation's projects and pro bono initiatives are implemented in high need areas across 25 locations in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Our purpose

“Working with our volunteers and communities to build trust in society and solve important problems.”

 

  • Education sustainability initiatives

    Education

    We're committed to making a positive and lasting impact in our communities. This includes providing non-formal education to underprivileged children, awarding scholarships to deserving candidates to pursue their education, and mentoring students to complete their secondary and higher secondary education through open schools. Given our strong belief in inclusion, our education programmes include rehabilitation programmes for differently abled children.

    We also support adolescents and youth to choose apt careers by providing them with vocational training opportunities, and helping them choose courses and institutions to further their education. Additionally, we support programmes that provide non-formal education to children living on the streets in urban areas through mobile education facilities.

  • Rehabilitation program

    Humanitarian Response

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

    Since 2013, we have supported the following affected regions by contributing towards rebuilding lives of the victims:

    • - Uttarakhand Flood response, 2013
    • - J&K Flood response, 2014
    • - Nepal Earthquake response, 2015
    • - Chennai Flood response, 2015
    • - Manipur Earthquake response, 2016
    • - Drought Mitigation Intervention in Uttar Pradesh, 2016
    • - Cyclone Vardah response in Chennai, 2016
    • - Drought Mitigation Intervention in Maharashtra, 2017
    • - Response to Flood in Assam, 2017
    • - Response to Flood in Bihar, 2017
    • - Response to Flood in West Midnapore, 2017

    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 community.

  • Environment sustainability initiatives

    Environment Sustainability

    Addressing environmental challenges in a timely and efficient manner is key to sustainability. We raise awareness on different aspects of protecting the environment such as reducing our carbon footprint and taking measurable steps to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations. Our offices regularly organise tree plantation drives where our volunteers plant saplings in the most affected areas. For instance, in Gurgaon, we have planted 2,800 saplings and have pledged to maintain them for the next three years. Our Chennai office, undertook an organic farming initiative supported by our local NGO partner, focusing on de-weeding and protecting agricultural lands post rains, and assisting farmers in sowing, growing and harvesting agricultural produce. Our Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata offices have undertaken similar initiatives by partnering with grassroot organisations. They have extensively run waste management programmes to build capacity of the waste picker community and senistise the local community to improve waste segregation practices.

    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.

  • Urban planning for children

    Urban Children

    In 2015, children in urban India comprise 30% of the total population. However, children's needs are often not included during urban planning. As a first step, PwC India Foundation collaborated with Save the Children, India, to launch a marquee report: Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India, that highlights problems, and suggests practical solutions for implementation of an inclusive, child-friendly and equitable urban development. It focuses on children, especially those from vulnerable sections, and enables decision makers to integrate the requirements and entitlements of these sections in the urban planning and implementation process.

    To provide access to health care services, our partner NGO reaches out to orphan and vulnerable children, youth and community through a mobile healthcare van in and around Delhi. In Pune, we support a shelter for women which provides residence to girls facing social vulnerabilities.

  • Health and hygiene practices

    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    We support the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of providing sanitation facilities and services in high-need areas. We worked towards providing healthy and safe school sanitation facilities especially for girl children across government schools in Ajmer with support from our partner NGOs and Department of Education, Ajmer, Rajasthan.

    Replicating the model of intervention in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru, we collaborated with on-ground partners to provide adequate sanitation facilities to children in schools. We have recently expanded our reach to tribal belts such as Khunti in Jharkhand and Pali in Rajasthan.

  • Social entrepreneurship, Social entrepreneurship programs

    Social Entrepreneurship

    As PwC India Foundation matures into a more relevant agent of societal change, supporting the cause of developing the social enterprise ecosystem in India is the next step.

    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 the SSE for over a decade.

    Since 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.

    We have also collaborated with Ambedkar University to support a fellow for creating a social enterprise that works with selected farmer families living in northern part of Delhi.

Education

We're committed to making a positive and lasting impact in our communities. This includes providing non-formal education to underprivileged children, awarding scholarships to deserving candidates to pursue their education, and mentoring students to complete their secondary and higher secondary education through open schools. Given our strong belief in inclusion, the comprehensive education facilities are focused on children with disabilities.

Since 2008, we have implemented more than 30 projects for children from various backgrounds. Some of our projects provide comprehensive educational and rehabilitation programmes for children with hearing impairment, and support for development of visually challenged and differently abled children from a residential school in a tribal area. Apart from this, we are supporting teenagers to choose apt careers by providing them with vocational training opportunities, and helping them choose courses and institutions to further their education

Humanitarian Response

We believe in responding immediately to the areas affected and ravaged by natural calamities. We provide sustained support covering all three phases of Humanitarian Response-relief, recovery and rehabilitation. Donations have been raised from volunteers and which helped us in mobilizing our resources and timely support.

Since 2013, we have been supporting the following affected regions by contributing towards rebuilding lives of the victims:

  • Uttarakhand Flood response, 2013
  • J&K Flood response, 2014
  • Nepal Earthquake response, 2015
  • Chennai Flood response, 2015
  • Manipur Earthquake response, 2016
  • Drought Mitigation Intervention in Uttar Pradesh, 2016
  • Cyclone Vardah response in Chennai, 2016
  • Drought Mitigation Intervention in Maharashtra, 2017

Environment Sustainability

For us, respecting the environment is key to our sustainability. We raise awareness on different aspects of protecting the environment such as reduction of carbon footprints and take measurable steps to minimise the environmental impact of our business operations. More than 10,000 volunteers contributed in this cause and participated in planting saplings in most needed areas.

Our offices regularly organise tree plantation drives where our employees plant saplings in the most needed areas. For instance, in Gurgaon, we have planted 2800 trees and maintain them for the next three years of their plantation. Our Chennai office runs an organic farming initiative with the support from our partnerNGO, that focused on de-weeding and protecting agricultural lands post the rain, and assisting farmers in sowing, growing and harvesting various agricultural produce.

Urban Children

Children in urban India comprise 30% of the total population, but their needs are often not included during urban planning. As a first step, PwC India Foundation collaborated PwC India and Save the Children India, to launch a marquee report: ‘Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India’ that highlights problems, and suggests practical solutions for implementation of an inclusive, child-friendly and equitable urban development. It focusses on children, especially those from vulnerable sections, and enables decision makers to integrate the requirements and entitlements of these sections in the urban planning and implementation process.

To provide access the health-care services, PwC in partnership with NGO called BUDS will reach out to orphan and vulnerable children, youth and community to provide access to health care services through mobile health van running in Delhi &NCR.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

We support the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan of providing sanitation facilities and services in high-need areas. As a first step, we worked towards providing healthy and safe school sanitation facilities especially for girl children across government schools in Ajmer with our NGO partner FINISH Society and support from Department of Education, Ajmer, Rajasthan. The intervention involved supporting the construction of toilets, a soft-skill training with 90 days curriculum on health and hygiene practices for students, and support towards operations and maintenance of these toilets for a year. It also involved school management committees, parents and student bodies to ensure its sustainability and ownership.

Replicating the model of intervention in Hyderabad and Kolkata, the emphasis was on to support the children with visual impairment for whom adequate toilet infrastructure is imperative.

Social Entrepreneurship

As PwC India Foundation (PwCIF) matures into a more relevant agent of societal change, supporting the cause of developing the social enterprise ecosystem in India is the next step.

We are proud to be the Development Partner of the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India, supporting them to set up operations in India and develop the first fellowship programme offered by the new organisation. Globally, PwC has been a key partner of the SSE for over a decade.

Over the next couple of years, both PwC India and SSE aspire to empower talented Indian citizens with the right skills and experience, for them to start their own socially relevant entrepreneurial journey. Our volunteers are embedded part of the programme bringing their business and financial skills to mentor and coach the Fellows.

Additionally, to encourage young minds foray into this sphere, we have collaborated with Ambedkar University to support a student for creating a social enterprise in Delhi.

What's new

PwC celebrated the Environment week in June by undertaking activities like seedball making, clean up drives, e-waste management and plastic waste collection.
PwC celebrated the Environment week in June by undertaking activities like seedball making, clean up drives, e-waste management and plastic waste collection.
PwCIF installs solar lights at Khariya Sodha village of Rajasthan.
PwC employees clock 6300+ volunteering hours towards CSR activities of the Firm.
PwC employees clock 6300+ volunteering hours towards CSR activities of the Firm.

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.
Jaivir Singh

Jaivir Singh
Vice Chairman

Making a difference beyond boundaries

It was a matter of time; a question of when, not if. Located in a high seismic zone in the Himalayas with active tectonic processes, Nepal has always been prone to earthquakes, like many other countries that are located in the Himalayan region. On 25 April 2015, Nepal was struck by what has come to be regarded as one of the worst earthquakes in the history of humanity—both in terms of intensity and the lives it claimed.

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Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India

Forgotten voices: The world of urban children in India

The report titled 'Forgotten voices: the world of urban children in India' is a joint report by PwC India and Save the Children India. In our report, we focus on the needs of urban Indian children, especially the deprived children living on the streets and slums, working children and orphans. The report looks at key issues such as urban governance, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, child protection and urban resilience.

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