Monday, 20 March 2017

Sustainability at Wipro

As a part of Wipro’s deep commitment to ecological sustainability Wipro has been involved with multiple environment related programs both, within our business ecosystem as well as in the civic and social sectors outside.  Commonly called eco-eye, the inception of our sustainability program goes back to 2008.  Eco-eye, helps introduce Wiproites to different perspectives in sustainability, and also allow them to understand their ability to make a difference in everyday lives.

Our urban biodiversity program includes the twin goals of (a) converting five of our existing campuses to biodiversity zones and (b) ensuring that all new campuses incorporate biodiversity principles into their design.  Our first flagship project in the Electronic City campus in Bangalore was initiated two years back with the first phase of a unique Butterfly Park now completed. Our next phase includes an innovatively conceived wetland biodiversity zone that will use recycled water. For our Pune campus project, the first phase has seen a trebling of the number of species of flora and fauna from to more than 200+ native species.

While there are different initiatives in different locations that engage employees through the year-the months of May and June in particular are months where we host a series of engagement activities to familiarize and involve employees in specific areas to support the International day of Biological Diversity and World Environment Day respectively. One of these initiatives is what is featured below-

About the Initiative: Nurture Your Green Patch

Biodiversity @ Wipro Electronic City (EC) 4 Campus: A Community Garden by Wiproites and an initiative supported by teams @ Wipro EC across sustainability team and the facilities team.

"Nurture your green patch" is an opportunity for Wiproites to grow and harvest vegetables and other plants. This is their space their space for showcasing and learning horticulture at the workplace.
Living in urban spaces, we seem to be moving further away from natural environments. A large part of our lives is spent indoors staring at devices. Some of us are lucky to have found a favourite nature-spot around where we live and work to help us relax, unwind and be one with nature.

Ten teams at EC 4 have a 10x10 sq ft area of land and they have a chance to grow flowers, vegetables, spices of their choice on their green patch. These green patches are built along the circumference of the dome/Center Court which houses the campus cafeteria as a part of the EC 4 Biodiversity Park Project.The teams which comprise of more than 30 employees are part of Phase 1 of this program. An external resource person/expert Mr.Nadana Sigamani, guides the teams regularly by showing them basic understanding in terms of how to plant, nurture and maintain the saplings on their patches. Through this program we are building connects with other ecology projects on campus. For example, recycled water from the campus is used for watering the patches. It has been a refreshing experience for employees as a lot of them attempted gardening for the first time. The teams tend to their patches during the lunch breaks and after hours. The gardening staff have also pitched in to make watering on the weekends easy. We also plan to start similar projects in other Wipro campuses.

The teams have made a great start and have harvested various vegetables like beans, palak, methi, raddish, amaranthus, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cluster beans, cucumber, bitter gourd among others from their patches. A whatsapp group has enabled live updates every day!

“Green Spots can be created at any place - be it home, neighborhood or @ office.  Growing some greens in office is absolute fun and it gives sense of stress free atmosphere when we nurture the green patches at office after a daylong work in IT world. Green spots help us to unwind.

Wipro came up with this idea of engaging interested employees to grow and nurture their own patch. Employees formed their own teams. In the beginning employees sowed what they liked and was not much interesting to begin. But once the greens started giving yield, the enthusiasm of teams increased. Each of us wanted to experiment with different kinds of produce.  We have sown beans, palak, methi, raddish, amaranthus, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cluster beans, cucumber, bitter gourd, drum sticks and list continues.  We are eager to experiment more and each team is asking for more plots

Biggest support is from FMG and the gardening staff  who help with digging and watering over week ends and on request. They are the energy source.

Sigamani sir and his team are a great help to the teams - be it clarifying doubts, helping to procure seeds, organizing meetings near plots and giving feedback etc.

Testimonials from Wiproites:

Hope every corporate encourages their employees to grow and nurture some green patch and this is sustainability and giving back to nature.” Lalithamba Vishwanathaiah

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy, plus you get to keep the produce” – Nadana Sigamani

“Pledge to make our Environment clean and reduce waste” – Uttam Shukla

“It is heartening to see the enthusiasm and dedication amongst all team members. From sowing to harvesting, these teams are committed to the upkeep of their plots. Excited to see this initiative spread across and outside Wipro”- Arathi Hanumanthappa

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