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India Corporate Social Responsibility

Nokia’s active CSR programs in India are aligned with Nokia’s key themes of Corporate Community Investment and with Section 135 and Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 and Companies (CSR Policy) Rules 2014. These programs actively seek to improve the overall quality of life and to have a positive impact on the local communities where the company operates as well as the society at large. Nokia partners with credible and engaged implementation partners in this endeavor. At present, Nokia’s CSR activities are spread across eight states Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh,  Karnataka and Assam . Nokia focuses on leveraging technological advancement for improved delivery of basic services and involving local communities and government for enhanced capacity for action in each of these interventions.

Nokia India CSR Policy

India CSR Committee

Sanjay Malik

Senior Vice President | Head of India Market, Chairman of CSR Committee

Saguna Vaid

Head of Legal & Compliance, APJ & India, Member of CSR Committee

Sanjay Ajmera

Head of Country Controlling, India Market, Member of CSR Committee

Connecting the unconnected: building a more digitally inclusive India

As a telecommunication technology company, we believe connecting the unconnected opens-up opportunities in life in many areas and has tremendous potential to enable socio-economic empowerment of individual as well as communities. We support the United Nations stance that access to telecom connectivity is a basic human right, as it facilitates the realization of many other rights such as right to education, healthcare, infrastructure like roads, electricity, water and sanitation. Nokia, therefore, works globally with Governments, NGOs, our customers, and vendors to drive access for all. Our commitment is to contribute to delivering the benefits of broadband infrastructure and services to the ‘telecom-dark’ areas. In partnership with NGOs such as Save the Children and Digital Empowerment Foundation, we have rolled out the ‘Smartpur’ project to develop a digital village ecosystem with the objective to positively impact socio-economic development through interventions across 5 key pillars – education, healthcare, e-governance, financial inclusion, livelihood – combined with a sixth pillar of entertainment. 

With Nokia’s rich innovation heritage, Nokia also aims to engage with the academia to advance the latest technologies that can benefit communities. In a collaboration with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the country’s leading institute and university for research and higher education in science and engineering, Nokia is supporting the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Networked Robotics at the institute. The CoE will promote inter-disciplinary research involving robotics, advanced communication technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop socially relevant use cases across areas like emergency management, agriculture and industrial automation. The centre will promote engagement and cooperation between academia, start-ups and industry ecosystem partners in research and development of use cases.    

Environment & education

Nokia’s CSR also focusses on a few areas that need societal attention. These include keeping the environment cleaner and giving deprived children an opportunity to join mainstream education.  

Nokia has partnered with Samridhdhi Trust to provide remedial bridge education to the out-of-school children particularly from migrant families, helps them overcome the barriers to entry into schools and mainstreams them into age appropriate classes.  

Read more Remedial education in India with the Samridhdhi Trust

Samridhdhi Trust_classes
Samridhdhi Noida

Nokia had partnered with WWF to contribute to rejuvenation, restoration and further conservation of 2 wetlands, Madiwala and Bashetihalli around the city of Bengaluru.

WWF-BashetHalli Lake restiration

Read more about our CSR activities in India in our latest India CSR report