This year, there was enthusiastic participation from not just the CGMO employees but employees from other business units as well. In all, about 1000 employees participated in all the activities during the week. The weeklong campaign consisted of activities specific to day-wise chosen themes broadly on Elderly Care, Women Empowerment, Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Education & Children and the Differently Abled.
The Green Commando Program is an extension of the Green Champions Program which falls under the Hum aur Hariyali initiative of the Bank. Close to 900 Green Commandos registered to pledge their support and involvement to be a part of the bank’s sustainability journey. Green Commandos were inducted in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Pune and were educated on imminent social and environmental issues. Inducted Green Commandos have begun their calendar of activities for the year, ranging from volunteering at NGOs to creating awareness campaigns on saving electricity, water and paper in their offices. They have also been promoting different causes of the Share2Care Campaign
One Quarter with Water’, campaign on water conservation was launched in the first quarter of 2015 with an aim of creating awareness on water conservation among employees and to identify major areas of water use at various locations of the Bank. Amongst several other interventions on water saving, sensitization and awareness, the Green Champions with the help of Green Commandos and branch/Operation managers undertook water audits pan-India, to understand water consumption patterns in the Bank.
The Bank’s flagship Green Champions Program is a testament to the employees’ commitment towards good environmental and social stewardship. This year, the Annual Green Champions Training Meet (GCTM) was organized during 15-17 January, 2015 at Karnala, Maharashtra known for its rich biodiversity. The champions were given the opportunity to interact with experts in the field of environmental and social sustainability and draw up action plans for the year.
In the 4th edition of the CGMO Sustainability Week, we witnessed enthusiastic participation of about 400 CGMO employees in various activities like the Beach Clean - Up in Mumbai and Chennai, Organic Kitchen Workshops, Chat shows on Kitchen Gardening and Awareness on Elderly Care, Waste Segregation, Water Saving, Paper and E-Waste Recycling and contributing for various social causes. The activities struck a chord with not just the CGMO Team members but also with employees from other Business Units.
The bank empanelled NGOs working towards the cause of Environment, Social development and Education. An Employee payroll contribution drive was conducted wherein close to 2000 registered, proving that as a team, we are willing to go beyond our day to day work and make a difference for important causes. The employees had the choice of contributing to more than one cause. Due to the high participation and motivation level observed in the workforce, this is now extended into a continuous program.
Over the past three years employees from the CGMO division of the Bank have been conducting Sustainability Week to achieve the two-fold objective of creating a conducive environment for employee engagement and driving the sustainability agenda of the Bank. The event was organised in collaboration with the CSR team and created a stir among both old and new employees.
This year's 3rd Annual Sustainability Week focused on the overarching themes of Waste & Resource Consumption and Biodiversity & Greening. The primary aim was to create awareness about issues pertaining to these themes and their impact on the industry and individuals alike. Sustainability Week created an environment for exchanging best practices and tips via E learning and knowledge sharing sessions with experts.
Employees from the bank participated in a clean- up activity at Uttan beach. The activity helped in creating awareness amongst employees on health, hygiene and environmental degradation of water bodies in urban areas.
IndusInd Bank celebrated World Environment Day on the 5th of June through a series of events across the country organised by the Green Champions. Activities such as distribution of saplings under the Adopt-a-Plant program, plantation drives with customers from our rural communities, nature walks and a street play activity for employees were all a part of the day's program.
As part of its on-going efforts to support people with disabilities, IndusInd Bank associated with the Blind Welfare Organisation and sponsored the National Cricket Tournament for the visually challenged, held in January 2014. The competition was a huge success and a true show of sportsmanship and camaraderie.
Our E-waste recycling program has been running successfully since last year and this year we were able to increase our outreach to employees and customers. The campaign named Operation Tsunami was run by the Green Champions across the Bank locations. Nearly 21,455 kg of e-waste was collected and disposed of through Government authorised recyclers namely, E-Incarnation, Greentek Reman, Green Logistics and Attero.
IndusInd bank initiated a new CSR program called "WOW" – A Waste Paper Collection drive in partnership with ITC-PSPD LTD. & Ramky Reclamation and Recycling Ltd (RRRL) with the aim of protecting the environment and reducing Global Warming by recovering valuable resources and recycling them. The aim is to create awareness among citizens, institutions, business establishments and corporate offices on the need for waste avoidance, source segregation, maximum recycling and minimizing waste-to-landfill and thereby reduce the Bank's environmental impact.
Our Jammu Branch carried out a plantation drive with children from Apple Kids Kindergarten School. The message sent across was 'Grow more Trees and Save the Earth'. This was a first of its kind initiative that received a positive response from the entire community. Forty students and other members of the local community made the event a success. The Udaipur Branch also initiated an Adopt-a-Plant activity with the residents of Adinath Nagar & Panchratna Complex.
A blood donation camp was organised by the Green Champions of North Zone at their Zonal Office in Delhi to spread awareness on health issues associated with polluted environments. This camp was open to all employees and customers who together contributed to the collection of 71 units of blood, despite the cold weather.
On the Eve of Christmas the Green Champions from West Zone and the CSR Team organised an X-MAS sale. The sale was held in December 2013 at Solitaire Corporate Park. Handmade articles made by the children of SUPPORT, such as handmade bags, cloth pouches, key chains, earrings and table mats, were on display. Thereafter the children were taken to Credit Card Contact Center Office for an evening of entertainment.
We inducted 35 Green Champions into our Hum aur Hariyali program in a 3-day workshop in October 2013 at Mumbai at the Bank's corporate office, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Shantivan (a BMC dumping ground converted to an ayurvedic garden) where the CSR journey, their roles and responsibilities and activities were shared.
Joy of Giving Week was initiated at 25 branches and 5 corporate houses to support Mumbai Mobile Crèche, a NGO providing day-care facilities, education and other amenities to children of construction site workers. They currently operate from 36 sites across Mumbai. The Green Champions collected clothes for 2000 children (1 set per child), toys for 300 children (old and new) and new stationary for almost 500 children of the NGO.
Celebrating Indian festivals brings with it significant environmental impacts. To address this issue, IndusInd Bank continues to educate its employees and customers about the harmful impact of non eco-friendly Ganesh idols. This year 250 eco-friendly Ganesh idols made from clay were distributed across 8 branches in Hyderabad. We also created awareness about the pollution levels of Hussain Sagar Lake that receives 25,000 Ganesh idols of various sizes every year and the need to change our behaviour.
In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand causing devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. IndusInd Bank in partnership with HelpAge India supported the relief efforts in the weeks following the disaster. A team from the Bank as stationed in Narayanbad and aided in distribution of free medicines and disaster relief.