ICRA’s CSR Mission
ICRA envisions to make stronger communities and enrich the lives of the underprivileged through its innovative programmes that help:
- empower underprivileged youths and adults (with special focus on women) with employable skills and create livelihood opportunities for them so that they may contribute to the economic development of the society
- promote education
- undertake environmental sustainability projects
The social initiatives have been nurtured and branded coherent with the community development activities covered under the following thematic areas.
Digital Inclusion for Young Aspirants (DIYA)
This programme was launched in West Bengal in 2015 with a focus on creating digital-age career opportunities for the underprivileged youth. This unique technology-driven skill development programme provides foundation training in IT skills, workplace English and workplace readiness and subject-specific training like financial management, retail management, Tally and hardware and networking. This project has been implemented in collaboration with the Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare.
Till date the programme has benefitted more than 1600 youths with nearly 71% successful in being gainfully employed.
Making a Difference (MAD)
This programme is aimed at developing sustainable livelihoods for the upliftment of the socio-economic status of the underprivileged youth through skill training in the banking, financial services and the insurance (BFSI) sector. The project focuses and contributes to the multi-development aspects of the community, which includes youth empowerment, community engagement activity, job-oriented skills enhancement and placements. Youth from the marginalised communities and from below poverty line (BPL) families are the target beneficiaries. They are prepared for jobs in the BFSI sector by undergoing training in sector-specific course curriculum, soft skills and personality development and a highly skilled workforce is thus created. Every year, the project aims to train 300 students with nearly 70% of the students finding employment as business correspondents or loan approval officers.
Women Entrepreneurship Programme (WEP)
We at ICRA, recognised that in addition to limited access to credit, women face several hurdles on their path to economic empowerment - illiteracy, lack of awareness about finances, and enterprise management to name a few. However, our experience also shows that many women have the potential to be successful entrepreneurs if they are given proper support. Keeping this purpose in mind,
the Women Entrepreneurship Programme was conceived to fill these skill and knowledge gaps by providing skill-building training along with hand-holding support in business and financial management to the women. Efforts were also made to facilitate the building of linkages for financial assistance to make their enterprise a sustainable one.
This programme has reached out to 650 women in its first year, out of which approximately 300 women have started their own small-scale businesses. Currently this programme is successfully running in the four districts of Gujarat, in collaboration with the Friends of Women World Banking, India.
Residential Learning Camp (RLC)
Rajasthan is among the states that have India’s lowest literacy rates. Studies show that more than half of the children between ages 6 to 14 years do not attend school and over a third have never been to school.
These children then become a part of the young workforce, with physical and psychosocial problems.
With the purpose of intervention in this area, ICRA collaborated with Seva Mandir to help these out-of-school children to read and write independently with comprehension. Three different camps are organised during a year for a batch of 100-150 children. These camps are fully residential for both children and teachers, where the children are exposed to self-learning through activity-based and multi-level programmes. After the camps these students are inducted into the formal system of learning. This programme was launched in 2015 and since then has benefitted approximately 600 children in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
ICRA firmly believes in promoting inclusive education for the children. It means we strive hard to nurture ecosystems that enable learning for all. With this vision in mind we are currently involved in a few such initiatives.
We have partnered with the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust in Delhi to provide education to the specially-abled children.
The other notable programme is being run with the Vidya Integrated Development for Youths & Adults (VIDYA) and Deepalaya. These are NGO-run schools that house classrooms, laboratories, computers, and a library. The quality of education and facilities are at par with some of the best public schools in the city. These schools provide over 2000 marginalised children with quality education and improved infrastructure and facilities in Haryana i.e. in the slum areas of Gurgaon and villages of Mewat respectively. ICRA’s aim is to equip the children with the opportunities of India’s emerging economy and motivate them to excel in their varied fields and lead India into the future.
ICRA is currently sponsoring approximately 300 children from the above programmes.
Lake Restoration Project
ICRA’s environmental sustainability programme is currently focused on lake restoration and tree plantation drives. The programmes strive to constructively engage employees in environment conservation.
The lake restoration project is designed with the primary objective of improving and enhancing the water-holding capacity of the Singahalli Lake, Bengaluru.
The project will be completed in two phases – resulting in better cropping patterns, more productivity of land, and reduction in water wastage near the area. ICRA has also pledged to plant more than 2000 trees to increase the green cover and floral diversity around the lake.
The Covid-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time. As responsible citizens, ICRA has contributed Rs 1 Cr to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Funds (PM CARES Fund). These funds will be used for essential activities like testing, setting up of isolation wards, procurement of personal protective gears, ventilators, post-rehabilitation provisions, etc.
Employee Volunteering Programme
While we work with several external agencies for our various outreach programmes, we firmly believe that more needs to be done. Hence, several volunteering initiatives are organised within our organisation. It is a great platform for ICRA employees to engage in the social outreach initiatives and community programmes, it also strengthens our ongoing projects wherever necessary. Employees are also sensitised about the challenges that our society faces today and thus helps create a larger impact. We strive hard to ensure that each employee contributes towards the society in some way, thereby enabling people to become responsible and work towards the larger agenda of social responsibility.
01 Sep 2020
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Education programme
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Skill Development Programme
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Environment Sustainability Programme
02 Sep 2020 : Glimpse of Employee volunteering Activity