NASSCOM Foundation and IBM’s Corporate Citizenship Team hosted an Employee Engagement Conclave

18th December 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

New Delhi, India, December 18, 2013: NASSCOM Foundation along with IBM’s corporate citizenship team organized a conclave to highlight the growing relevance of employee engagement within the realm of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. While CSR programmes can improve society, they can also strengthen the leadership, collaboration and professional skills of corporate employees who participate. These experiences can not only be personally rewarding to participants, but also enhance their loyalty to employers.

Such programs include IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC), which sends teams of some of IBM’s most talented employees to provide pro bono counsel to countries in the developing world that are grappling with issues that intersect business, technology, and society. With panelists such as Mamtha Sharma- Country Manager, Corporate Citizenship & Community Affairs, IBM India/South Asia ; Sheila Nambiar- Executive, Sales Transaction Support, also Alumni- IBM CSC programme; Srikrishnan Sundarajan- Lab Services Leader & Programme Director, India Software Lab & Alumni- IBM CSC programme; Arvind G. Risbudh- Executive Director Myrada, an NGO supported through CSC, the issues raised and discussed were the changing dynamics of CSR and stimulation of an individual through such skilled volunteering, problem solving initiatives.

Mamtha Sharma, Country Manager, Corporate Citizenship & Community Affairs, IBM India/South Asia, said, “CSR is in our very DNA and we are committed towards the development of society and communities. Our unique initiative “Corporate Service Corps” is completing 5 years of strong, impactful work in India. Part of our global CSR initiative, this project places high performing, talented employees from across the world in non-profit organizations in emerging countries for a period of four weeks. Globally, more than 2400 IBM employees have been deployed on more than 500 projects across 30 countries and continue to expand to more countries going forward. Nearly 328 IBMers from India have gone to other emerging countries on similar volunteering assignments. As we complete 5 years of our presence here, we are looking forward to touch many more lives through our CSC initiative and work towards betterment in areas of education, Rural Development, Women Empowerment, and more.”

The second phase of the event answered the why and how of corporate volunteering through a panel discussions with speakers such as Vijay Shankar-Head Public & Corporate Affairs, Intel India/South Asia, Intel;  Mena Ranganathan Director Community Outreach, GMR; K. Parthiban-Additional General Manager – HR, BHEL; Sunil S Bhat -GM Priority Banking and Financial Inclusion, Canara Bank who gave insights into various aspects of volunteering trends along with the challenges faced in employee volunteering.

On the occasion of the event, Rita Soni, CEO NASSCOM Foundation commented, “NASSCOM Foundation has always collaborated with the IT organisations to promote strategic corporate volunteering and its evolution as an employee engagement tool. Such events are aimed to provide a platform for cross industry sharing of the best volunteering practices and to understand the challenges faced. On the whole we aim to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism”.

The theme of the event was to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and the importance of volunteering as an effective tool for employee engagement. The event also aimed to pave way for greater thought leadership within the domain of volunteering; a process of learning, unlearning and relearning of what suits best for the respective industry in order to impact the lives across the globe.

 

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