The sudden onset of Covid-19 has impacted how we see the world, how we conduct business and how we go about our lives. Despite the human tragedy of lost lives and deeply scarred communities, there has been wide-ranging, severe economic and social changes caused by the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns.
With India in the midst of a second wave, the CSR space has been pushed to the forefront of most companies’ core approaches and requirements.
The Indian business landscape has seen a marked shift in the last few years towards becoming more responsible – with CSR becoming a leading indicator for how stakeholders expect organizations to operate. At the very beginning of the pandemic, there was an outpouring of relief efforts from the private sector, attempting to mitigate the damaging effects the lockdown had on the informal sector, the daily wage earners and migrant workers, as well as our frontline workers. A year later, and we find ourselves in nearly the same situation.
During the first and second waves of the pandemic, Embassy worked closely with the Government, local administrative bodies and state health departments to identify the needs on the ground and were able to partner with their Corporate Occupiers to mobilise much-needed relief efforts.
Supporting Police Forces And Healthcare Workers Pan-India – At the forefront of containing the pandemic, Embassy Office Parks has instituted a variety of initiatives for police personnel and healthcare workers across the country to aid them in conducting their duties in a safe and sanitary manner during both the first and the second wave of the pandemic.
Open since the beginning of the lockdown, Embassy set up hydration stations at City-based Embassy offices where police personnel could receive drinking water, snacks, coffee and tea, access to first aid, sanitisers and toilets.
Employees Give Back during the Pandemic
Employees at Embassy donated towards providing 5.6 lakh meals to alleviate the suffering of underprivileged sections of society during the first and second waves of the pandemic. Embassy continues to support marginalised communities and construction workers in North Bangalore and Karnataka with the provision of rations and cooked meals.
Support For the Karnataka, Department of Education
After Embassy, jointly with L&T Technology Services, AXA XL Business Services, Cognizant and Cerner, provided sanitizers for every day of the 2020 SSLC examinations, impacting around 9.2 lakh students, Embassy also distributed to face shields and temperature guns to over 9,000 Government High and Primary Schools across Karnataka.
Provision of Vital Medical Equipment
During the second wave, Embassy REIT and a consortium of corporate partners with a common alignment contributed towards ICU facilities and 49 beds in Government Hospitals in Bangalore. The REIT also provided lifesaving oxygen in Delhi and Pune.
Donating a Recording Studio to DSERT
Augment Online Learning Initiatives during Covid-19 Pandemic. 41 lakh Government School Students in Karnataka to Benefit
The Group will next support the Government with the acceleration and mobilisation of vaccinations for underprivileged communities and strengthen Government Hospitals and pediatric wards for a potential third wave.