HYSEA CSR SUMMIT 2021: Volunteer to Make a Difference


Hyderabad, January 22, 2021: HYSEA organised the 4th CSR Summit at HICC. The theme for this year’s summit was ‘Volunteer to Make a Difference’ and explored volunteering opportunities for corporate employees in three key areas of Education, Environment and Health & Well-being. While many corporate employees want to contribute to society, they often do not know where or how to start or are concerned about balancing work, home and society. The Summit helped them to understand the different avenues available to volunteer was also an excellent opportunity to interact with several participating NGOs in the EXPO.

Paul Raddon, Head of Operations, Global Service Centers, HSBC delivering the Keynote address said, “Giving back to the society is at the core of HSBC corporate philosophy and a way of life at GSC India”. He also added, “HSBC has launched more than 70 projects benefiting over 2.94 million people, and HSBC Skills for Life, a Rs 100 Crore flagship initiative is benefitting 1.3 million. Over 21400 beneficiaries have got access to WASH facilities across 17 villages in India and more than 3100 youths trained and employed in the last year, despite the pandemic,” he said.

Delivering the mentor note, Venkatesh Murthy, Founder & Chief Mentor, Youth for Seva, said, “I truly appreciate HYSEA’s decision to take volunteering as the theme for this conference. Employee volunteering programmes, if well designed, can be very impactful. I hope HYSEA will provide a model for collaboration and co-creation of effective volunteering programmes in Telangana.”

Earlier, Bharani K Aroll, President, HYSEA welcomed the participants to the summit and said, “HYSEA has been committed to CSR for more than a decade and a half now, with our focus primarily on Education and Environment. Our education initiative DDI (Disruptive Digital Intervention) has now reached more than 12000 students in 30 schools statewide. HYSEA has had tree plantation drives in HITEC City and Gachibowli regularly since 2009 and has been an active partner for Haritha Haram.” He also said, “This year we have added one more important focus area, ‘Health and Well-being’, where our CSR Forum volunteers will focus on projects related to livelihood creation, poverty alleviation, housing, women empowerment, child development, and infrastructure creation.” HYSEA he said, in collaboration with other industry bodies in Hyderabad channelised approximately Rs 100 Crores from the IT industry through a campaign called IT4TS towards procurement of medical infrastructure for COVID relief activities.”

In her opening remarks Manisha Saboo, AVP and DC Head, Infosys Pocharam Campus & HYSEA CSR Forum Leader, said, “We aspire to make volunteering as a way to build a cohesive society.” She invited all NGOs, Corporates and Volunteers to make use of HYSEA Volunteering platform https://volunteer.hysea.in, an end-to-end solution for volunteering.

Some of the prominent speakers at the summit included Dr Christina Z Chongthu, IAS, Secretary – Tribal Welfare Dept, Govt of Telangana, Divya Devarajan, IAS, Secretary & Commissioner Women & Child Welfare Department, Govt of Telangana, Priyanka Varghese, IFS, Special Officer on Duty, CM’s Office, Dr Rajeev Vijay Kumar Menon, Consultant Cardiologist,  AIG Hospitals, Vikas Gupta, MD, Talent, Deloitte, Krishna Deevi, Head of CSR, CYIENT, Gunaranjan P, Founder of YouSee (United Care Development Services), Ramesh Kaza, SVP & Chief Information Officer, State Street, Vinay Agrawal, Global. Head, Business HR, Tech Mahindra, Konda Srikanth, Founder & President, Sparity – NGO, Kalpana Ramesh, Founder, Blue Hyderabad Project & Water Warrior, Nitu Narula, Chief of Staff for Experiences + Devices, Microsoft IDC.

As a finale to the event, the Chief Guest, Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Coach, India Badminton Team gave away the prestigious HYSEA CSR AWARDS. Nine companies were awarded in three different categories for Innovative and Path-breaking initiatives in the areas of Education, Environment and Health & Well-being.

Speaking after presenting the awards, Pullela Gopichand, President, Lead India Foundation, said, “Individual development is the nation’s development. Lead India Foundation is engaged in transforming the youth through a values education model using Acharya Kalam’s Human transformative model. So far, it has reached over 18 lakhs students across the country. I am happy to be a part of the HYSEA CSR Summit. I congratulate everyone who strives for the development of the needy. Our country has a lot of potential and volunteering is one of the best ways to harness the same.”


Top Two Companies – Education Initiatives

  1. Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad
  2. Infosys Ltd., Hyderabad
  3. Realpage India Pvt. Ltd. (Jury Appreciation Award)

Top Two Companies – Environment Initiatives

  1. Infosys Ltd., Hyderabad
  2. HSBC Electronic Data Processing India Pvt. Ltd.
  3. Us Technologies International (UST) (Jury Appreciation Award)

Top Two Companies – Health & Well-Being Initiatives

  1. Micron Technology Operations India LLP.
  2. Tech Mahindra Ltd, Hyderabad
  3. Colruyt IT Consultancy India Pvt. Ltd. (Jury Appreciation Award)

Special Recognition for Contribution to Beautification of IT Corridor
Raheja IT Park (Hyderabad) Ltd.