Making a difference in a changing world
Empowering our wider communities
Rajiv Memani, Country Managing Partner,
Ernst & Young India
If the world seems cold to you, they say, kindle fires to warm it. It was the year 2005 and the Indian economy was surging ahead. But when we looked around us, there were many who were struggling to make ends meet. We asked ourselves, what we could do to make a difference?
As I reflect, I can remember discussing with my colleagues on how education could bring about transformational change in our society. Swami Vivekananda had once said that all the wealth of the world cannot help one little Indian village if the people are not taught to help themselves.
While the firm had always been involved in some philanthropic activities, we now felt a desire to increase our engagement with society. That led to the creation of the Ernst & Young Foundation.
Today, our educational programs have the potential to impact 1 million children. We support projects across several cities and states; both with the government and NGOs. We are also directly providing scholarships and mentoring to 3,000 students from weak economic backgrounds, of which 60% are girls. In putting their stories together, we have been guided by the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.
No initiative can be complete without caring for the environment. We have outlined here a few steps we are taking to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint.
A remarkable fallout of our social initiatives has been the growing number of volunteers from Ernst & Young. From running marathons for charity to mentoring to disaster relief, these people embody the spirit of selfless giving. Our purpose in sharing this snapshot with you is not to congratulate ourselves but to inspire each other.
While I believe that we have made some difference, our journey is far from over. The possibilities are endless and should you in any way be interested in becoming a part of this endeavor, we will be happy to hear from you.
Corporate responsibility and making a difference:
Ernst & Young India's programs have impacted lives of many children and continues to do so. Click here for an overview of the impact of the programs.