HYDERABAD: It is a day when all of Deloitte’s workforce in India stops working. Not out of disrespect to their customers, but for volunteering in developing communities across the country that need them the most.
The organisation’s 360 degree approach includes empowering new mothers with knowledge of new-born care, supporting preschoolers and their families, ensuring children stay in school through remedial classes, helping them graduate successfully, and finally preparing the young adults for their transition into the workforce.
“Impact Day is a visible means through which Deloitte demonstrates its contribution to the society.
Community is our business and over the past 14 years in India, we have been investing in the society through several projects, primarily in the area of education, skill building and empowerment.
Impact Day is Deloitte’s way to volunteer the time and expertise of its professionals towards the socio-economic development of India,” said S V Nathan, Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India.
Focusing on holistic transformation of communities, this year, Deloitte has adopted Bahadurpura mandal - one of the largest divisions in Hyderabad - where it has committed to a three-year project plan to develop the mandal’s schools and enhance the learning abilities of its underserved children. According to a study by the United Way of Hyderabad (UWH), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the mandal had alarmingly low indicators in its quality of education - only 54 percent of the enrolled students attended school regularly; pass percentage for Class X students was the lowest in the city, at 46 percent, and dropout rates were high.
Deloitte is co-ordinating with UWH and local NGOs in developing the schools of Bahadurpura mandal.School Monitoring Committees (SMCs), comprising individuals within the community take part in the drive and ensure the progress of the initiative. “Our legacy is defined by what we do for our communities, which have given us so much over the years. This is why we proactively seek out projects where we invest our industry knowledge and professional expertise to address strategic, operational and financial challenges”, said Bruce Stewart, Principal, Deloitte LLP.
Summing up, Nathan says, “Donating money is not a big deal when compared to giving time. You can be sure of the impact being made by the joy on the faces of the kids when they see our professionals.” Intangible yet meaningful, what say?