To celebrate the spirit of volunteering, Transworld Corporate Responsibility Day is celebrated on 28th April 2020. The day is marked to pay homage to our founder, Shri R Sivaswamy. His belief in giving back to society is one of the foundational values of the Transworld Group. All the Transworld-ites come together to volunteer on the CR Day on the theme of the year and contribute in making a difference. The theme for the second Annual CR Day this year was to extend a helping hand to empower the disadvantaged elderly.
In 2019, there were an estimated 703 million persons aged 65 years globally – of which about 106 million were in India (UN & HelpAge India). A 2015-16 ‘All India Senior Citizens Confederation’ survey showed 39% had been either abandoned or living alone. The current situation of pandemic Covid-19 has put the elderly at high health risks and heightened their sense of loneliness.
We partnered with HelpAgeIndia to support the elderly living in old age homes. While the current situation brought in challenges for going out and volunteering, it also provided us with the opportunity to strengthen our value of helping people in need with more compassion. To mark the day, 8 digital volunteering sessions were conducted with 5 old age homes in India in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, and Punjab, reaching out to around 250 beneficiaries with the support of more than 100 volunteers along with family members from all across India and our global locations. The sessions included breathing exercises, yoga, sharing of experience, sing-along, papercraft, building emotional strength conducted by our volunteers engaging the elderly people. The sessions were full of interaction, learning, stories, and sharing of joy & happiness. We are also supporting these homes with their essential supplies with the support of the NGO partner.
According to the World Health Organization 10 per cent of the population of UAE is with special needs. Transworld Group Corporate Responsibility team organized a jewellery making workshop with Manzil Centre, Dubai in observance of International Day of Education in January 2020. A team of 20 volunteers participated and spent quality time with 12 students from Manzil learning the craft from them.
Cancer is a leading cause of death for children and adolescents around the world and approximately 300,000 children aged 0 to 19 years old are diagnosed with cancer each year as stated by the WHO. While early diagnosis and the right treatment can significantly mitigate future risks, community or home-based palliative care is an essential tool for improving the quality of lives of patients and their families. In observance of WorldCancerDay2020 Transworld Group partnered with organizations across its offices to celebrate the spirit of togetherness with children and their families. Transworld CR energizers in Kolkata and Delhi visited St Jude Child Care Centres and engaged the children in various activities planned by them. Team Delhi organized a special puppet show which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Both teams returned in high spirits after the activity.
In Dubai, Transworld partnered with Make A Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps children battling with chronic diseases by fulfilling children’s most wanted wishes. We were able to support a 3-year child in fulfilling his wish of getting an electronic black car. In Singapore the wish of a 5-year-old child was fulfilled to dress up like Minnie mouse in an event, ‘Disney on Ice’ in March 2020. In USA, Transworld partnered with Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey, where our volunteers actively participated in art & craft activity and supported in making paper flowers.
The holy month of Ramadan is all about celebrating the spirit of tolerance, respect and giving, As a part of our value of Corporate Responsibility, Transworld group is hosting the second year of Ramadan Community Fridge registered under Ramadan Sharing Fridges (Licenced by Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department and Emirates Red Crescent). In its first year, the Community Fridge catered to around 10,000 people. The social initiative organized by the Group and led by the employees from Dubai office aims to provide fresh water, drinks, fruits and packaged food items to the laborers, workers and anyone else in need of food. The community fridge was inaugurated by Mr. Ramesh S. Ramakrishnan, Chairman, Transworld Group; Mr. Ritesh S. Ramakrishnan, Joint Managing Director, Transworld Group and Ms. Anisha Ramakrishnan, Manager, Business Analytics and Development on 6th May 2019 with the presence of all the employees from Dubai office. This year, we invite our stakeholders, partners, customers and companies within and outside of JAFZA to contribute and join in this noble cause of giving. Reach out to us if you wish to contribute and participate in joyful giving and are happy to share that in the holy month of Ramadan, we reached out to 14,500 people working or living in Jebel Ali Free Zone Area, who benefited from Transworld Community Fridge. We extend our gratitude towards all our partners and contributors for extending their support.
The Bazaar was a platform provided to showcase handmade products crafted by people of determination, students, Artisans, women & children. Diya painting activity was conducted with our NGO partner Pragati Kendra wherein 20 volunteers from Transworld Mumbai participated. We extend our sincere appreciation to our NGO partners SNF Development Center, Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Manzil from Dubai, Sai-Kripa, Jamgar and TARA Projects, India from Delhi, Pragati Kendra, Dynanprabhat Pratishthan and Swayam (Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan) in Mumbai for putting up such a wonderful bazaar in our offices. Through this initiative, we were able to empower 695 beneficiaries in Delhi, 57 in Mumbai and 71 in Dubai.
A Stationery Collection Drive was organized from 1st Sep -9th Sep 2019 in observance of International Literacy Day 2019 across Dubai and Mumbai operations. The CR team collected 500 kgs of stationery and toys during the week-long drive. Collected items were distributed to 810 students of Government schools of Gokak town, Belgaum, Karnataka which had previously under red alert during monsoons through NGO partner Mahesh Foundation. Nearly 2.4 lakh people were displaced across the state and more than 1,000 villages were affected across the state. This initiative was aimed at providing resettlement and rehabilitation support to students of primary and secondary schools post disaster.
Transworld Corporate Responsibility Day was organised to pay homage to our founder Shri R. Sivaswamy on his birth anniversary on 28th April. The theme for this year was to support visually impaired communities through diverse initiatives such as talks, talent shows, visiting organizations supporting visually impaired communities, distribution of gifts and simulation exercises across sixteen locations.
Improving community water access individually and collectively is a key focus of Corporate Responsibility at Transworld. In observance of World Water Day, Water Relay was organized in Dubai office on 28th March 2019 and on 29th March 2019 in Mumbai and Cochin offices to salute the long journeys made by rural women in India daily to fetch water for consumption. 60 volunteers participated in this activity organized in Dubai and 60 in Cochin and Mumbai offices in India. The winning and the runner-up teams in all locations were felicitated followed by certificate distribution to all participants. A poster campaign was also run to showcase techniques and importance of water conservation across our Mumbai and Cochin offices.
Air pollution has become a global and national emergency as it is killing one lakh children under the age of five in India every year and is responsible for 12.5 percent of all deaths in the country. In Sri Lanka, 60% of outdoor pollution is caused by vehicular emissions in ambient air. With the given background, this year we organized a series of workshops on ‘Combatting Risks of Air Pollution’ in our Mumbai, Delhi and Sri Lanka offices. We partnered with TERI in Mumbai and Nanoclean in Delhi to discuss the local issues pertaining to air pollution and volunteering drives for afforestation in areas surrounding our offices. Nasofilters were distributed to each participant due to the poor air quality in Delhi-NCR region. The workshops saw participation by 43 employees across both offices. In Sri Lanka, we collaborated with Environment Foundation Ltd. The workshop addressed the causes of air pollution globally and in Sri Lanka, its legal framework in the country and strategic measures that can be taken to mitigate air pollution. 30 participants from Transworld Group Sri Lanka participated in the discussion and awareness session.
Every day the city of Mumbai produces 8600 metric tonnes of waste and not only has this become a health hazard to those communities residing around the dumping yards but also overall flora and fauna. To celebrate the UN Decade of biodiversity and its overall vision of ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’ we organized a ‘Wealth out of Waste’ workshop at our Mumbai office on the 1st of February 2019. The objective of this workshop was to sensitize our volunteers as well as Government school children on the importance of the Three R’s- reduce, reuse and recycle that help to cut down waste we throw away and that harms our environment and biodiversity. We were ‘wowed’ by slippers, flowerpots, piggy banks, pen/pencil holders, desk designer items made from plastic bottles, used newspapers and pens, cardboard, ice-cream sticks and paper cups. All products were conceptualized and curated by the children supported by Smile Foundation and our volunteers.
Transworld Group Corporate Responsibility Team organized a Corporate Bazaar in coordination with SNF Development Center in Dubai on 4th November 2018. People of Determination from SNF Development Center showcased their creativity through the display of handmade art and craftworks such as tea lights, keychains, greeting cards, photo frames, mugs, bracelets, neckpieces, earrings envelopes and paintings. Transworld-ites welcomed the team enthusiastically and purchased products made by the students. All the proceeds from the were to be used to support the works of SNF Development Center students. In Mumbai students supported by NGO Pragati Kendra were invited to conduct a Diwali diya painting workshop with our volunteers. Six talented children joined in this endeavor and along with volunteers 100 diyas were painted and 4 e-card designs were prepared. It was an interactive workshop wherein the children thoroughly enjoyed the exposure and volunteers got an opportunity to learn from them
To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Corporate Responsibility Energizers in Mumbai conducted a donation drive throughout the month of December 2018 and collected stationery, blankets, toys and groceries for children supported by the Bless Foundation, Panvel. Donation boxes conceptualized as ‘Samaritan Containers’ were placed on each floor of our offices for employees to donate. On 2nd January 2019, Transworld volunteers visited the beneficiaries and distributed snacks and handed over the collected items, fostering the spirit of ‘Giving Back’ amongst the staff as well as spreading awareness against any form of serophobia within all social settings.
Under the Corporate Responsibility pillar of Art, Education and Civic Engagement an interactive session with two young, talented and creative young people – Aarti Shah and Victor Sitali was organized in Dubai on 20th September 2018. Aarti, a happy child with Down Syndrome made everyone dance and brought in a lot of energy into the room. Victor, who communicates with people in American Sign Language (ASL) shared his story and the journey full of challenges to become an artist. The concept behind the workshop was to bridge the gap between society and individuals with special needs. He taught the participants English Alphabet and some basic words in ASL and encouraged them to communicate through that during the session. Facilitated by Victor, the team learnt some charcoal art and shading skills. He got the participants to work together in a fun and creative way on a joint artwork that took shape of a beautiful painting of a ship. The fun-filled workshop was aimed at providing an opportunity to learn from a person with special needs and reflect on how we cope with challenges in our work life by letting go of corporate paradigms and preconceptions. The session was attended by 25 members of the senior management team in Dubai.
On 5th December 2018, marking the significance of the International Day for the Persons with Disabilities, the Corporate Responsibility Energizers/Volunteers in Mumbai joined hands with Samarthanam Trust for The Disabled to showcase the extraordinary. Two contending teams comprising of Transworld volunteers and players of the Blind Indian Cricket team played cricket out of the spectrum of regular. Aptly titled 'One Spirit', a paragon of our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, the game was a unique demonstration of spirit of the game as well as of humanity. This interaction left us more aware and sensitive and has made our commitment to diversity unwavering