ICRA’s CSR Mission
ICRA envisions to make stronger communities and enrich the lives of underprivileged people through its programmes that endeavour to:
- empower underprivileged youths and adults (with special focus on women) with employable skills, create livelihood opportunities for them so that they may contribute to the economic development of the society;
- promote education;
- support environmental sustainability.
It may, however, undertake and support projects/programmes in the other areas as may be recommended by the Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, if the same are permissible under Schedule VII of the Act or any other provisions of the Act and the Rules.
Digital Inclusion for Young Aspirants (DIYA)
This programme is launched 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 is implemented on a yearly basis, in collaboration with the Anudip Foundation for Social Welfare in rural areas of West Bengal. During the Covid scenario the programme was operational by adopting alternative online tools and applications.
Till FY2020-2021 the programme has benefitted more than 2100 youths with nearly 71% being gainfully employed. This programme is approved by the Board and will be continued in FY2021-2022, targeting a new set of 500 youth and women from two centres in West Bengal.
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 linkages for financial assistance to make their enterprise a sustainable one.
During the Covid scenario, trainings will be imparted through various means, through group messaging, audio and video calls, etc. Later, with the approval of the local government authority and following proper guidelines, skill training will be imparted physically to the women in small groups.
This programme is running in Gujarat, in collaboration with the Friends of Women World Banking, India. As per the Boards’ approval this programme will be continued for FY2021-2022 with 700 women.
Residential Learning Camp (RLC)
As we know, out-of-school children become a part of the young workforce, with physical and psychosocial problems.
To resolve this,ICRA collaborated with Seva Mandir to mainstream these out-of-school children. 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. During the pandemic, students have been trained in on-site learning pockets instead of at the residential camps. This programme was launched in 2015 and since then through its yearly intervention it has benefitted approximately 750 children in Udaipur, Rajasthan. For FY2021-2022, the Board has approved the programme with the aim of mainstreaming 100 out-of-school children.
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.
This 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. Like all other programmes during the Covid scenario, digital classes and online tutorials are being conducted through various mediums for the students. Almost 24x7 assistance is provided by the teachers to the students who have accessibility issues. Students were also engaged virtually in physical activities like yoga, exercises, dance, music, etc for their physical and mental well being.
ICRA is currently sponsoring approximately 241 children from the above programme. As per the Board’s approval this programme will be continued for FY2021-2022 with sponsorship of the same set of 241 students.
Lake Restoration Project
ICRA’s environmental sustainability programme is currently focused on lake restoration.
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 has been completed in FY2021 in two phases – resulting in better cropping patterns, more productivity of land, and reduction in water wastage near the area. ICRA has also planted more than 2000 trees to increase the green cover and floral diversity around the lake. The project was implemented in collaboration with Eco-watch.
The Covid-19 pandemic is the most alarming global health crisis at present. As a responsible corporate citizen, ICRA has also contributed a part of its CSR budget to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Funds (PM CARES Fund) and will also continue to do the same for FY2021-2022.
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. In these pandemic times various virtual activities were organised to connect employees with our ground level programmes.
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