We believe in generating a positive impact for the communities surrounding the areas where we make investments. Based on our ethos, we have instituted CSR guiding principles that support our investment philosophy and tie in closely with our E&S framework.
CSR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Sustainable Livelihood Development
OUR FOCUS AREAS
Enhancing Infra-related Livelihoods
Infrastructure is one of the largest employment generators in India. At NIIF, we believe this sector needs a skilled workforce, especially through the empowerment of women who have limited opportunities to work in this sector.
Access to healthcare and related services
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, NIIF is actively engaging with various local partners to support low-income communities in rural areas. Initiatives include training of healthcare personnel, provision of medical equipment and information dissemination.
Protecting the Environment
Protecting and nurturing the environment is an important pillar for building a sustainable tomorrow. NIIF takes active measures to mitigate the impact of climate change as a part of our investment thesis.
OUR IMMEDIATE COVID-19 RELIEF SUPPORT
Provision of medical equipment to rural Primary Healthcare Centers (PHC) in Telangana
Given the acute shortage of supplies in the rural healthcare areas, NIIF contributed to this cause by providing plug and play critical infrastructural support to three PHCs in Telangana. We provided oxygen concentrators, laboratory apparatuses and PPE kits. This allowed facilities to immediately increase their capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, as well as providing medium and long-term relief in managing cases of communicable and non-communicable infections.
Haqdarshak: A social enterprise working to make welfare schemes more accessible to citizens by creating a multi-state, multi-lingual, cloud-based, mobile technology platform that helps citizens discover, apply for, and benefit from, various Government and private schemes that they qualify for.
Initiatives: We have completed two programs that have provided screening, application support and physical monitoring for 700 households in Dichpally, Telangana and 3419 households in rural Thane and Pune, Maharashtra. Both the programs have provided them with much needed relief during COVID-19.
Orion: An NSDC affiliated skill development organization with the aim to empower the unemployed youth with the knowledge and skills required by the industry.
Initiatives: We are currently training 135 women in the age group of 18 – 40 years in areas of New Delhi to become General Duty Assistants(GDA) in the Healthcare Sector. This program aims to cater to the high demand for hospital staff that has been created especially during the pandemic and to provide placements and a sustainable livelihood opportunity to these candidates.
Noorahealth: A collective of subject matter experts, designers, and technologists - all tirelessly striving towards empowering people to become agents of their own health outcomes and wellbeing by equipping them with the necessary skills.
Initiatives: We are targeting specifically vulnerable women to provide quality training and digital support during pregnancy to mitigate gender impact of COVID-19. Through Noorahealth’s Care Companion Program, we are training more than 9000 healthcare workers and patients in rural Karnataka. This will lead to enhanced health outcomes such as reduced post-discharge complications, reduced re-hospitalization rates for mothers and improved efficiency of nurses working in the maternity centers.
C-CAMP: The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) is an initiative supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India to act as a catalyst of cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of life sciences since 2009.
Initiatives: We are focused on developing a healthcare manual for strengthening the healthcare workers’ capacity to deliver timely vaccinations on a large-scale using Information, Education and Communication (IEC) tools in order to facilitate future routine immunization efforts pan-India. This program will play an important role in supporting information dissemination to the most vulnerable populations in the low-income districts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. It will also address post-vaccination adverse events and re-infections, by enabling the creation of a trained health workforce.
Gram Vaani: A social tech company that was incubated out of IIT Delhi with the intent of reversing the flow of information to make it bottom-up instead of top-down. Using simple technologies and social context to design tools, they have been able to impact more than 2.5 million beneficiaries across South Asia and Africa.
Initiatives: We aim to provide an end-to-end offering to support the ongoing community engagement for the COVID-19 vaccination drive through a suite of innovative technologies developed in-house by Gram Vaani and IIT. This will increase the availability of actionable information on vaccinations at the last mile, strengthening coverage, timeliness, quality, and equity of the immunization drive for areas with low literacy, low tech penetration and low socio-economic backgrounds.
Tree plantation drive
NIIF colleagues engaged in a tree plantation drive at Bandra Kurla Complex Garden organised by Dr. Mukherjee of Green Mission on January 9, 2020. Many enthusiastic employees met in the morning and got to work on planting saplings of different sizes, after a demonstration by Dr. Mukherjee.
Covid-19 relief support through GOONJ
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the India wide lockdown meant loss of business activities, with adverse impact on daily wage workers and people in the unorganized sectors. Many jobless migrant workers were stuck in cities with limited resources.
Goonj, a Delhi-based NGO, was engaged in on-ground relief activities to provide humanitarian aid to these migrant workers. Their goal was to ensure that people on the roads or stuck anywhere survive this lockdown time, with access to basic consumables such as ready-to-eat meals, food ration and PPE kits.
In this time of need, NIIF employees collectively contributed towards the relief efforts that helped Goonj reach 57,600+ families by providing over 1 lakh ready-to-eat meals, more than 8 lakh kilograms of food ration, 17 community kitchens and 1 lakh PPE kits across the country.