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8 Mar 2014

HCL Technologies Recognized as a Champion of Women’s Empowerment Principles

Receives 2014 Leadership Award for its Commitment to Advance Gender Equality, Reduce Discrimination and Monitor Progress 

 

March 7, 2014:  HCL Technologies is very proud to announce that its CEO, Anant Gupta, received the 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Award – 7 Principles. This Award salutes CEOs for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support of the WEPs, in particular Principle One, which urges companies to establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.

Gupta was one amongst only five global business leaders recognized at the 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“A commitment to diversity and inclusion has been woven through the fabric of HCL Technologies’s culture since its very inception. As a company we are particularly focused on advancing gender diversity in the company’s management and executive ranks and to empower women to maximize their potential and aspirations”, said Anant Gupta, CEO, HCL Technologies. “This award validates our efforts to create a sensitive organization where employees can flourish and grow in their careers with a holistic approach towards performance and work irrespective of their backgrounds, experience and perspectives.”

“Meeting the global jobs challenge with approaches that ensure fairness for women and men is central to the business, gender equality and post-2015 development agendas. Indeed, success is interdependent,” said Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director. “We’re very pleased that so many companies are embracing the WEPs and helping to expand opportunities for women in the global job market and eliminate gender job discrimination.”

HCL Technologies’s championship of the seven Women Empowerment Principles earned it rich praise from the jury. The seven WEPs on which it was evaluated on included: Establishing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, treating all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination, ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers, promoting education, training and professional development for women, implementing enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women, promoting equality through community initiatives and advocacy and measuring and publicly reporting on progress to achieve gender equality.

 HCL believes in ensuring respect for each individual and creating a sense of ownership among its employees across the globe. This belief, rooted firmly in its Employees First, Customers Second (EFCS) philosophy, has driven the company to create a unique organization that celebrates diversity and inclusion at workplace, and in the communities that it works with.

 To learn more about HCL’s diversity and sustainability initiatives please visit http://www.hcltech.com/socially-responsible-business.

 

About the 2014 WEPs Leadership Awards

The 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles meeting inaugurates the WEPs Leadership Award to salute CEO commitment and innovation to realize gender equality. The Awards highlight concrete and innovative actions taken to advance the 7 Principles, and particularly showcases Principle One: Leadership Promotes Gender Equality. The WEPs Leadership Awards Committee is comprised of members of the WEPs Leadership Group, a multi-stakeholder volunteer body that provides strategic guidance to the WEPs partnership of the UN Women and the UN Global Compact. It represents business, academia, civil society, women’s organizations and international institutions. For complete information about the Awards, winners and Awards Committee, please visit www.weprinciples.unglobalcompact.org/site/WEPsLeadershipAwards.

20 Feb 2014

HCL WINS GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD 2014 FOR “BEST COMMUNITY ACTION”

HCL Technologies has been honored with the “Global Sustainability Leadership Awards 2014″ under the category  ”Best Community Action”. The award was handed over to the HCL at the World CSR Congress held on 18th February, 2014 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. Ajit Nayak from India Business Unit received this award on HCL behalf.

The award recognizes the Best Practices & Outstanding Individuals in Corporate & Social Responsibility.. The Award consists of a Statuette and a Citation to recognize the valuable contribution made by the organization which has made a difference to the people and the community

Nominations and a detailed report on our community initiatives were submitted by the HCLT Foundation and the winners were decided and chosen by a Jury comprising a team of six senior Sustainability professionals from across the world. The Jury Round was held on 6th February, 2014 at Mumbai.

Global Sustainability Leadership Awards is the leading industry event recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievement in Sustainability in the built environment and are a key benchmark for achieving best practice in the sector.. This Award is endorsed by World CSR Day, Asian Confederation of Business & World Federation of CSR Professional.. For more information please visit www.worldcsrcongress.com/sustainability.html

 

 

27 Jan 2014

Kodambakkam HCLT Youth Center Judged “Best Stall” at Youth Health Mela

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Kodambakkam HCLT Youth Centre, one of the 63 community education and skills development centers supported by HCLT Foundation, has been honoured with the “Best Stall Award” at the Youth Health Mela 2014, held between January 22 and 26 at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai.

This annual event is in its third year now and it is organize by the Cancer Institute, Adyar, in partnership with various NGOs, hospitals and colleges. It’s aimed at increasing awareness among the youth about lifestyle diseases.

The Mela hosted more than 80 stalls on health living, a traditional ethnic food court and seminars on lifestyle diseases. The themes chosen by the Kodambakkam HCLT Youth Centre were “Say No to Plastics” and Karupu Alagu(Dark is Beautiful) that used creative tools to create awareness against excessive use of artificial beauty products and to dissuade youth from being obsessed with white beauty and fair skin. HCLT Foundation sponsored the stall while employee volunteers from HCL guided the youth center students with the campaign. More than 60,000 people visited the stalls.

30 Dec 2013

Warming hearts to beat the chill…

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One Meal on the Road: On December 21, over 80 volunteers joined together for the One Meal on the Road program organized by the HCLT Foundation and the CSC team in Noida. Despite the cold weather, HCL volunteers and their families joined in wholeheartedly in making the day a big success. Right from chopping vegetables to cooking the food, packing and distribution, volunteers worked tirelessly. Around 1,600 street dwellers and migrant workers received hot food that day.

Similarly, this gesture of giving was replicated in Hyderabad on December 28. Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers and the CSC team, over 800 persons were served hot meals in and around 10 places in Hyderabad.

 

 

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Woolen Distribution Drive 

Over the months of November and December, more than 70 HCL volunteers were engaged in the distribution of woolen clothes to the less privileged people on the streets in NCR. More than 2,500 persons, including the homeless street dwellers, rickshaw pullers and slum dwellers received warm woolen blankets and other attires that would help them to survive the harsh winter months.

22 Dec 2013

HCLites express solidarity through Run for Inclusion

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Around 650 HCLites from Chennai and Bangalore expressed solidarity with more than a hundred thousand people who were part of the ‘Run for Inclusion’ held in three countries – India, Sri Lanka and Nepal – on December 22, 2013. The event was organised by Aide et Action South Asia, an NGO working for education and employability of children and persons from the weaker sections of the society.

This run, which is the first-of-its kind, was held simultaneously in four cities in Tamil Nadu and in 58 cities across India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The event was to commemorate World AIDS Day, International Day of Disabled Persons, Human Rights Day and International Day of Human Solidarity.

The runners belonged to different walks of life and represent inclusion in the true spirit viz. people with disabilities, transgender, youth, population forced to migrate under distress conditions, people from the positive network, corporates, from institutions, government departments, international volunteers, school students, scouts and guide groups, representative from national and international civil society organisations and media.

In Chennai, around 600 HCLites contributed through registration and over 200 of them participated in the run that was flagged off at the Marina Beach. In Bangalore, the event happened at Cubbon Park. 65 HCL employees nominated and seven employees joined in the Run.

Also, community volunteers from HCLT Youth Centers and our partnering Government schools participated actively in the Run. Employee contribution was matched by HCLT Foundation. The organisers from Aea, Chennai, expressed that they saw some of the highest contribution from HCL employees.

The resources mobilised through this mega event would be used for quality education of children and persons with disabilities, children and persons affected by HIV/AIDS, child laborers, children of migrant workers, children living in difficult situations, children of commercial sex workers, and enable better employment opportunities for the youth..

14 Dec 2013

HCL recognized for exemplary contribution in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility!

Amity Global Business School honours HCLT for its structured community outreach programs under Power of One

HCL Technologies has been recognized for Exemplary Contribution in the field of CSR during the Corporate Social Responsibility Award-2013 at Hotel Radisson Blu on Saturday. Delegates from more than 100 corporates participated in the prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility Award-2013 organised by Amity Global Business School, Indore. Commissioner of Indore, Sanjay Dubey and Padmashree TGK Mennon were the chief guest and special guest respectively.

This award has been instituted to acknowledge and recognise companies who through their Employee Engagement programs have evolved and implemented an impactful initiative to address sustainability issues.

HCL has been recognized for its commitment towards communities, including our support staffs and supply chain communities, through its CSR initiatives, implemented by the HCLT Foundation, and supported by the CSC and employee volunteers.

Our “Power of One” initiative was highlighted as one of the best practices for engaging employees, and sustain CSR practices of any company. This award is truly a recognition for employee volunteerism at HCL.

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12 Dec 2013

HCL Bags CRY “Child Rights Champion – Best Employee Engagement Award”

HCL Technologies has won the “CRY BEST EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AWARD” for the most impactful employee engagement programme to address Child Rights issue. The award was declared at the CRY Corporate Responsibility Summit held in Mumbai on December 12.

This Award has been instituted to acknowledge and recognise companies who through their Employee Engagement programs have evolved and implemented an impactful initiative to address child rights issues. The award jury comprised of eminent personalities representing the government, civil society and the corporate sector. Many large companies that have ensured that their business policies and practices include children as integral stakeholders, competed for the award.

HCL was recognized for its commitment towards child rights through its CSR initiatives, implemented by the HCLT Foundation, and supported by the CSC and employee volunteers. HCL has engaged its employees in protecting child rights as well as helping the children to lead better lives. HCL has always given children’s rights priority in a manner that is also good for business in the long run.

Our Power of One philosophy is by default a child rights champion initiative that imbibes the four key child rights – The Right to Development through Education (HCLT Youth Centers: Enables sustainable livelihood through education and employee volunteerism), the Right to Protection Against Abuse & Exploitation (“Don’t Keep Mum. Tell Your Mom” campaign against child sexual abuse), the Right to Participation and Expression (Training in Art & Sports by HCLites) and the Right to Survival, to life, health, nutrition (Just like us – Caring for children who are orphaned, differently-abled, HIV+ infected, and terminally ill).

Our “Power of One” initiative was highlighted as one of the best practices for engaging employees, and sustain CSR practices of any company. It hails HCL’s Power of One as the most impactful employee engagement program to address Child Rights issue. This award is truly a recognition for employee volunteerism at HCL.

The summit witnessed distinguished speakers from varied sectors speak on various aspects of Corporate Responsibility and sustainability in sessions spread across the day, including a one-of-its-kind session on live case studies, concepts and strategies by Ms. Srimati Shivashankar,Associate VP-HR, Diversity and Sustainability, HCL Technologies.

12 Dec 2013

HCL Bags CRY “Best Employee Engagement Award”; Power of One hailed the most impactful employee engagement program to address Child Rights issue!

HCL Technologies has won the “CRY BEST EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AWARD” for the most impactful employee engagement programme to address Child Rights issue. The award was declared at the CRY Corporate Responsibility Summit held in Mumbai on December 12.

This Award has been instituted to acknowledge and recognise companies who through their Employee Engagement programs have evolved and implemented an impactful initiative to address child rights issues. The award jury comprised of eminent personalities representing the government, civil society and the corporate sector. Many large companies that have ensured that their business policies and practices include children as integral stakeholders, competed for the award.

HCL was recognized for its commitment towards child rights through its CSR initiatives, implemented by the HCLT Foundation, and supported by the CSC and employee volunteers. HCL has engaged its employees in protecting child rights as well as helping the children to lead better lives. HCL has always given children’s rights priority in a manner that is also good for business in the long run.

Our Power of One philosophy is by default a child rights champion initiative that imbibes the four key child rights – The Right to Development through Education (HCLT Youth Centers: Enables sustainable livelihood through education and employee volunteerism), the Right to Protection Against Abuse & Exploitation (“Don’t Keep Mum. Tell Your Mom” campaign against child sexual abuse), the Right to Participation and Expression (Training in Art & Sports by HCLites) and the Right to Survival, to life, health, nutrition (Just like us – Caring for children who are orphaned, differently-abled, HIV+ infected, and terminally ill).

Our “Power of One” initiative was highlighted as one of the best practices for engaging employees, and sustain CSR practices of any company. It hails HCL’s Power of One as the most impactful employee engagement program to address Child Rights issue. This award is truly a recognition for employee volunteerism at HCL.

The summit witnessed distinguished speakers from varied sectors speak on various aspects of Corporate Responsibility and sustainability in sessions spread across the day, including a one-of-its-kind session on live case studies, concepts and strategies by Ms. Srimati Shivashankar,Associate VP-HR, Diversity and Sustainability, HCL Technologies.

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Visit https://www.facebook.com/HcltFoundation

1 Nov 2013

100 Volunteers from Team-VISA Reach Out to the Community on a Single Day

HCL volunteers from Team Visa organized their first ever Power of One program at three different places in Chennai and served three different communities on a single day in October.
The first event was a one day mentoring program for 85 students who belong to Rajamangalam HCLT Youth center. A series of events were organized for the children which include games and curricular competitions. This program was very much helpful for the children and it was a real big motivation. A general medical camp was organized in Rajamangalam, through which 250+ members (including students and members of the public) benefitted
The second event was a visit to Sevalaya Old age home where the team engaged 65 elderly persons in fun games which brought smiles to the elderly.
The third event was a visit Banyan, a shelter home in Kovalam where 70 mentally ill women stay. A full day event, comprising games, dancing and singing, was organized by volunteers for residents.
Over 100 volunteers engaged in community service on a single day and contributed their best to make the day a big success.

31 Oct 2013

HCL’s Campaign Against Child Sex Abuse Covers 5,000 People in One Week

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HCLT Foundation places strong emphasis on child rights, development, safety and welfare. HCL volunteers have been advocating relentlessly for a safe environment for our children and voice out strongly against any form of exploitation and abuse. In line with this commitment toward our children, HCL is very active with “Don’t Keep Mum; Tell Your Mom”, a campaign against Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). As part of the campaign, a child-friendly, educational film on the good and bad touch is being screened in schools, colleges and in our communities to create awareness on the issue.
In October 2013, this campaign reached a new height as it touched the lives of 5,000 people in just a single week’s time.
In Madanpur Khadar slum in NCR, a huge crowd comprising men, women and children turned up for the screening of the film. They not only watched it but also actively interacted with the HCL CSC volunteers and shared their views and experiences on the issue. A questionnaire was given to the audience before and after every screening to find out their level of understanding about chld sexual abuse. The post-screening feedback showed the impact of the film and the powerful message it delivered to the viewers.
Interestingly, a large number of women from the slum actively participated in the screening and boldly came forward to express their views. Usually women from this community seldom express their views in public. As a welcome development, many women, especially mothers freely voiced their concerns and thanked the volunteers for spreading this important message in their community.
In a matter of just three days, “Don’t Keep Mum; Tell Your Mom” campaign film was screened 21 times in Madanpur Khadar slum and close to 4,500 people were covered.
Following the success of the screenings at Madanpur Khadar, seven HCL CSC volunteers joined together and took the campaign to the students of the Light Public School and the Red Rose Public School in Hoshiarpur, on October 26.
All students from LKG to Class 8 at Light Public School, and from Class 1 to 10 at the Red Rose Public School watched the film and participated in the interactive session by the volunteers. The direct reach in Hoshiarpur was close to 500 including the children and staffs.

Child sexual abuse is a very delicate issue and people often consider it a taboo to be discussed in public or in the families. As a consequence, most of the cases go unreported and rarely the perpetrators get punished for their crime. Credit goes to HCL volunteers who very effectively communicated this crucial message to the students without invading their comfort zones. Their extraordinary efforts and commitment helped create awareness about a serious issue plaguing our society, and successfully reached out to 5,000 people within a week’s time.
• Pictures link – https://meme.hcl.com/node/291442