Sustainability

Social Contract

  • Piloted Individual Productivity Framework (IPr), a novel initiative to drive performance
  • Launched First Take, a communication campaign to sustain direct connect with employees
  • Partnered with TV18 to present ‘Innovating for a Better Tomorrow’ series on CNN-IBN and CNBC
  • Filed 79 patents during fiscal year 2014
  • Received silver recognition at the Express IT Awards for Health Assessment and Lifestyle Enrichment (HALE)
  • Covered 372 colleges under Campus Connect, our industry-academia partnership program
  • Launched Responsible Supply Chain Policy, and brought key suppliers under the Infosys Supplier Code of Conduct

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Social contract

Enterprises have an extended set of stakeholders. These stakeholders have the potential to influence the future of business. These stakeholders also have ethical, social, and environmental expectations that extend beyond financial goals and legal requirements. We believe that these social covenants are fundamental to nurturing stakeholder trust and ensuring business continuity. One of the cornerstones of the Infosys social contract philosophy is to work towards the upliftment of society, provide opportunities to our employees, and to stay relevant to their needs. Through numerous initiatives, we are bringing innovation to the table, thereby creating a smart workplace where our employees can work as one to achieve a common dream.

We see Infoscions world over as advocates of a better tomorrow; a tomorrow that is peopled by those who care; a tomorrow where everybody prospers; a tomorrow that is a gift to the next generation. Today, in this dynamic and changing business environment, our business leaders increasingly recognize the crucial role employees play in driving and delivering a sustainable business strategy.

While we are integrating sustainability into corporate culture and fostering 'sustainable development capabilities,' in practice we are being able to engage, inform, train, equip, direct, motivate and incentivize employees, in a way that is aligned with sustainability principles and creating business value. In other terms, it is a circle we created where one gives to another to 'gain' self-satisfaction, 'achieve' self-development, or 'acquire' self-realization from another. This circular nature is also the key characteristic of synergy in the triple bottom line of 'profit' maximization, 'people' development, and 'planet' conservation reflected in today's business sustainability literature such as circular economy, cradle to cradle, and social investments.

To mainstream and integrate sustainability principles in practice, Infosys believes that it is important to go beyond celebrating individual heroes to creating a culture of heroism through responsible citizenship.

I, Citizen of Earth (iCOE) is the Infosys program to build responsible citizenship among Infoscions around the world.

Through the iCOE forum we have put in place some concrete actions to make this effort count by:

  • Envisioning a common purpose for the larger ecosystem
  • Enabling voluntary efforts to integrate with the organization vision and sustainability goals
  • Engaging in a manner where collaboration reinforces achievement with a common purpose
  • Empowering stakeholder engagement with Infoscions as change agents and ambassadors for a better tomorrow
  • Embedding a culture of global citizenship and innovation for sustainable development for a better tomorrow

This initiative derives its energy from senior leadership who are passionate volunteers and contributors themselves in the larger social space. The Infosys organization with its large CSR initiatives in education including Campus Connect, Project Genesis, and SPARK provides a great volunteering platform for Infoscions. That apart, every development center campus has local CSR chapters, which provide a platform to employees to engage with social and environmental initiatives locally.

iCOE efforts span five broad areas including:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Art and culture
  • Rural upliftment and rehabilitation
  • Destitute care

In the last fiscal year, Infoscions have been able to deliver and create a positive impact along the above focus areas. Apart from these, Infoscions also actively participate in the larger organizational goals and have proved to be instrumental in achieving them. To know more about our employee volunteering activities, please refer to the employee volunteer groups section in our Infosys Sustainability Report 2013-14

We believe responsible citizenship behaviors can be developed through social leadership competencies. We set up Infosys Framework for Learning Using External Community Engagement (InFLUENCE), a framework to recognize employee volunteering efforts and to develop social empathy. Through InFLUENCE, employees can get additional learning credit under our Competency Development Program 3.0 for their volunteering efforts.

At an organizational level, the Infosys Foundation, with its focus on healthcare, education, culture, destitute care and rural development, continues to impact the lives of the poorest of the poor.

The Infosys Prize awarded by the Infosys Science Foundation aims to enhance the prestige of scientific research in India and inspire young Indians to choose a vocation in research.

Our flagship industry-academia partnership program, Campus Connect, has benefitted over 200,000 students from a large number of engineering colleges. Education continues to be a focus area of our CSR investments. We have also formed a CSR committee, which will formulate and monitor the CSR policy of the company. Infosys uses the ten principles of the UN Global Compact covering four major dimensions — human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption as a good foundation for building and improving sustainable supply chain practices. Our Sustainable Supply Chain Policy is intended to work with various other policies in the organization and follows our philosophy of sustainability. This year, a supplier code of conduct was administered to all our key suppliers. We also revised our empanelment guidelines to screen our suppliers on social and environmental parameters, in addition to the existing economic criteria.

To know more, please read our Sustainability Report 2013-14

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