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IT a huge enabler for sustainability: Girish Ramachandran

In a special feature titled “15 on ’15 Global Insights on the year ahead” by the Eco-business magazine, Girish Ramachandran, President, TCS Asia Pacific says that regardless of whether a global deal on climate change is achieved by year end, climate change is happening and it’s time for businesses to be the driving force.

Girish firmly believes IT as a key enabler for sustainable growth. TCS has demonstrated this vision through the launch of Computer Based Functional Literacy a decade ago, an initiative to help people literate and teach them new languages through a free computer program, thereby exemplifying how IT can be used to improve lives and sustainability.

Girish predicts that in the coming years, the role of IT in delivering efficient systems and information exchange will only grow. This will help “green” supply chains the world over. Regardless of governments arriving at a decision on climate change, it’s time for businesses to be the driving force, explaining corporates have a responsibility to be sustainable organizations.

TCS’s CSR is focused on three areas – education, health and environment, where the organization uses IT as an enabler for sustainable growth and development in some of these initiatives. TCS has been well recognized for making sustainable efforts, including being named number one in the Channel NewsAsia 2014 Sustainability Ranking of the top 100 most sustainable companies in 10 key Asian economies. “We are immensely proud that our sustainability practices are recognized as amongst the best in the world”, says Girish to Eco-Business in the interview.