Wipro initiated an integrated response to COVID-19 leveraging the vast network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) supported by the Azim Premji Foundation, Wipro Limited, and Wipro Enterprises Limited. On April 1, 2020, we committed Rs 1125 crore towards addressing the unprecedented health and humanitarian challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Since April 2020, we have partnered with 500 CSOs and delivered humanitarian aid to over 83 lakh people.
A differentiating aspect of our COVID-19 response is the diversity of vulnerable communities reached out to – tea-garden workers, waste pickers, transgenders, sex workers, gipsy communities, women, senior citizens, children with disabilities, and migrant workers. We have been responding dynamically for the last year depending on how the situation has evolved.
A team from the Azim Premji University alumni network, in coordination with the university staff, has set up a Crisis Support Network for migrant workers and others who require aid. The network has a database of all relief services that are available in different geographies, making it easier to connect individuals who need support with the available services. Our field network and on-ground presence have also eliminated to a large extent, the possibility of duplication of relief efforts.
We had articulated some guiding principles to serve as a framework, and ensure an optimal approach and direction in our response to the COVID-19 crisis:
Holistic Approach: We had taken a holistic approach spanning our various businesses (such as Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises and Wipro-GE Health Care), Wipro Foundation and Azim Premji Foundation.
Flexibility: In response to the evolving nature of the crisis, we learned by doing and re-calibrated our responses as the situation changed.
Two Pivots: Our plan was based on two primary pivots of (a) Humanitarian support and (b) Healthcare support with the underlying theme across both being their ability to address the needs of the most disadvantaged sections of the community who were likely to be impacted.
Supporting Vendors & Suppliers: We are endeavouring to ensure minimal or zero loss of jobs and livelihoods of our suppliers and vendors who provide a range of contract services like housekeeping, security, etc.
Technology: We will continue to contribute to relevant technology to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
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Our focus was on identifying vulnerable individuals/communities such as daily wage earners, migrant workers, waste pickers; especially those who do not have access to social security