The success of CSR lies in practicing it as a core part of a Bank’s sustainability strategy. RBL Bank has been contributing to the agenda of sustainable development through its programmes in the thrust areas of Sustainable Livelihoods, Education, Preventive Healthcare and Women Empowerment. Under its partnership with Samarthanam Trust, the Bank is promoting livelihoods for youth with disabilities through structured training in Pune. The Bank aims to see this partnership grow to accelerate the inclusion of people with disabilities in the society.
“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.
Education in India faces many challenges, more prominent being budget constraints, teacher training and retention, and standardized testing patterns. CSR has an important role to play in the education sector by contributing towards mitigating the skills gap with experimentation, and ‘learning-by-doing’approach.There is a need to restructure the education system at all the levels i.e. elementary, secondary and higher education level.
We at Manhattan Associates have focused on promoting education and help provide this basic need to underprivileged and differently abled children of our society.Manhattan Associates has partnered with Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled to drive this initiative and help children in need of primary and higher education. Education, as I believe, will empower the child with life skills, build character, help assimilate information, imbibe values, teach them to respect and act with responsibility.
Our employees believe that they can play an important role in contributing to the needs of our society. We have in the past years partnered with Samarthanam Trust to create various opportunities for employees to volunteer and become community ambassadors. ‘Cooking for a cause’ sessions were one of our initiatives that served as an opportunity for our employees to cook and serve meals to the children at the Trust. Many more such opportunities are being planned later this year.
Manhattan Associates values its partnership with Samarthanam Trust and believes that this collaboration can contribute towards making a difference, and support deserving kids at the Trust.