Often, technological innovations have benefits that go beyond the expected business outcomes. One such example, cited by our CEO Rajesh Gopinathan, is the lesser-known sustainability benefit of cloud adoption. As more enterprises adopt cloud, hyperscalers are using renewable energy and energy-efficient infrastructure to power server farms, which in turn is helping companies reduce their carbon footprint. So, when we help our customers embrace the cloud stack, we know that we are also helping fulfil their sustainability goals.
Among other resource groups, our effort also focused on freshwater consumption reduction and zero waste disposal and zero discharge. TCS optimizes water consumption through conservation, sewage treatment and reuse, and rainwater harvesting. We aspire to recycle 100% biodegradable wastes by 2025 and eliminate single use plastics from our campuses in the current year.
Our strength lies in our people, and the diversity of our global workforce. It is no surprise that the Top Employers Institute, Amsterdam, recognized TCS as a top global employer for the sixth year in a row early this year (2021).
When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, it led to unprecedented disruptions. But it also led to innovations. As lockdowns hit, we responded by implementing the transformational work-from-home platform — Secure Borderless Workspace (SBWSTM) — for our five lakh plus employees spread across 46 countries.
Implementing SBWS is not a short-term response to a crisis, it is a transformational solution that is contributing to the wellbeing of employees and the creation of a more sustainable planet. Among the global companies that benefitted from SBWS are Dutch insurer VIVAT, ManpowerGroup, the global leader in innovative workforce solutions, and US-based Cardinal Health.
Beyond our own human capital, TCS believes in using technology as a catalyst to empower people and communities. Among the most powerful initiatives undertaken is the BridgeIT program. It was created to breach the ‘digital divide’ in rural India, especially for the disadvantaged communities and is active in nine states. The program equips youngsters with digital tools and nurtures them to become entrepreneurs, who then provide online services in their rural communities.
We are committed to empowering the youth in our community to solve complex societal challenges, and we continue to run several programs through which we inculcate a culture of technologically focused entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration. Our initiatives like Digital Impact Square in India, Leaders with Purpose in the US and Sustainathons across the globe are a testament to that.