CRISIL RE is committed to environment conservation through tree plantation and maintenance drives to increase green cover, along with solar electrification and sustainable waste management in disadvantaged communities, and to emergency response. Employees are also encouraged to design solutions that resolve problems deeply rooted in communities.
In 2016, CRISIL RE launched a social impact incubator, CRISIL RE Change the Scene. The objective ─ design solutions to resolve problems rooted in communities. The campaign entails a rigorous selection of projects conceptualized by employees in partnership with local NGOs catering to specific needs and problems, with defined community outreach and impact goals. The 2016 edition of the programme saw 16 projects across three cities focusing on women’s empowerment, environment conservation, education and integrated rural development selected for funding and implementation.
The project reached out to 40 adolescents in Mumbai, to help them manage pocket money and income from part-time jobs. The group effectively used videos, role plays, group assignments for engagement, combined with field visits to stores, shops, and a bank to enable understanding transactions, money management and bank facilities/procedures.
Vritti leveraged classroom and technology-aided sessions (Dur-Sabha) to raise financial awareness among persons with disabilities (PwDs) across Mumbai and Chennai. The project developed content ─ training modules in Tamil, Hindi, and English ─ to strengthen financial capabilities. These modules are being piloted in Chennai and Mumbai.
Saksham addressed the need for integrated development through health, education, and environment conservation interventions in four remote villages near Pune, Maharashtra. The project also constructed three vermi-compost pits for waste management, linked numerous villagers with the formal banking system, and set up a mini library in one of the villages.
The Smarter Village project addressed the problem of water scarcity with the construction of an groundwater reservoir, and a rooftop rain water harvesting system in Dharnichiwadi, Raigad, Maharashtra. The project also reached out to community members through health and hygiene, andfinancial literacy workshops.
Samutkarsh focused on the remedial development of 125 disadvantaged students in Mumbai through co-curricular activities, interactive sessions, and sports. Enabling infrastructure set up includes a library, three assembled desktops, and an electrical water purifier installed. The students also received health kits, school kits and sports kits, to sustain good habits.
Bookshare India collected more than 6,000 books from 65+ centres, and set up four mini libraries during incubation in Mumbai. The books were later distributed to 37 NGOs. As on date, BookShareIndia has collected 1.2 lakh books, ensuring book donations to organisations and libraries across India.
The project enabled volunteers to remotely record audiobooks using Daisy, an audio-recording freeware. During incubation, the project set up one studio in Bengaluru, and produced two books.
The group installed three napkin dispensers for affordable, accessible, and environment-friendly sanitary care, along with three incinerators in two schools for the underprivileged in Mumbai. The project also conducted interactive sessions, busting myths about practices followed during menstruation, distributed free kits to enable good practices, and encouraged usage of the machines.
Maitri held interactive sessions busting myths about practices followed during menstruation, and distributed free kits to enable good practices, in Mumbai.
AADM encouraged vermi-culture in a remote district in Maharashtra for home composting solutions.
CRISIL Recyclers set up a compost pit and kitchen garden for an orphanage, and helped housing societies compost kitchen waste using earthen vessels for home composting in Chennai. The project educated 200 households about waste segregation at source, and conducted an awareness session for employees in Chennai.
The project reached out to 400 families, creating awareness about waste management, the types of garbage (wet and dry) and how these should be disposed, and constructing two compost pits in Mumbai. Banners in communities are enabling consciousness about wet and dry garbage.
Sugran empowered marginalised women by strengthening their culinary skills across a range of cuisines, for gainful employability. A few of the 17 participants have begun taking orders and running tiffin services.
Mukti imparted life-skills such as decision making, time management, problem solving, and conversation skills to participants to complement NSDC’s vocational course for beauticians in Mumbai. 30% of the participants are financially independent after the intervention, having been recruited at prominent parlors/spas in Mumbai, or starting personalised beauty treatment services in their vicinity on a freelance basis.
BTG focused on Spoken English, Financial Literacy, and Personality Development for young adolescent girls residing in under-resourced communities in Mumbai.
The Patient Assistant Project held series of workshops on financial literacy and vocational skill building for nurses and patient assistants (specifically those unable to complete education). We also facilitated workshops and hospital visits for trainees who attended a 1-day certificate course – Basic Life Support Certification - conducted by Fortis Healthcare.
Disha engaged children of commercial sex workers through a skill development programme on jewellery design and quilling. Products made were subsequently sold through a pop-up stall at the office premise in Navi Mumbai.