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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 eleven states Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Assam, Delhi, Bihar and Telangana. 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. The below mentioned Nokia entities have actively contributed and supported several CSR initiatives under various projects including Care fund, Bal Raksha Bharat/ Save the Children (Smartpur), Samridhdhi Trust (Remedial education for out of school children of migrant population) among others. 

NSN India CSR committee

Sanjay Malik

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

Pratik Shah

Head of Finance, Mobile Networks, India, Member of CSR Committee

Sanjay Ajmera

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

NIPL CSR Committee

Pakkiri Murugan Mani Pakkiri

Chairman

Viswanathan Sundaram Kalyana

Member

Ankur Gupta

Member

Shivani Agarwal

Member

ALIL CSR Committee

Sachin Kohli

Chairman

Sushil Aggarwal

Member

Kailash Mohan Rustagi

Member

Comptel committee member

Rupesh Gupta

Chairman

Shivani Agarwal

Member

Details of projects where the CSR amount was used during 2021 for NSN:

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.  

Overall, we have extended our COVID support with partners including Save The Children, Samridhdhi Trust, WISH Foundation, Vijaya Medical & Educational Trust and Swasthi Health Catalyst

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.

COVID-19 Support   

As part of our community investment programs in India, we expanded Smartpur, our project to digitalize villages, to another 160 remote villages, reaching now to 260 villages across 9 states in India. The project transcends the idea of a ‘smart’ village as simply technologically equipped to a model that seamlessly integrates such technology into the daily lives of all, supporting villagers in accessing essential services such as education, health, livelihood, governance and financial inclusion. We continue to support education for out-of-school children from migrant communities through providing them with remedial classes in conducive environments. This year, we have further assisted in building back better, in our fight against COVID-19. Amid the crisis, we have assisted in humanitarian response through the provision of essentials such as hygiene kits and food supplies as well as PPE kits, face masks and sanitation material in our current areas of work. We have further collaborated with various hospitals and supported them in sourcing medical equipment including oxygen plants.  

Overall, we have extended our COVID support projects with partners including Save The Children, Samridhdhi Trust, WISH Foundation, Vijaya Medical & Educational Trust and Swasthi Health Catalyst.
 

WWF-BashetHalli Lake restiration

Details of projects where the CSR amount was used during 2021 for ALIL:  

Bal Raksha Bharat/ Save the Children (Smartpur)  

ALIL partnered with Save the Children (Bal Raksha Bharat) to carry out Smartpur, the flagship program, focused on creating digitally inclusive villages through interventions that function across five pillars- Livelihood, Governance, Financial Inclusion, Digital Literacy and Healthcare in 100 villages across the states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.  The project focused on utilizing digital connectivity technology to run the Smartpur centers and provide services with the larger goal of bridging the digital divide in India through digital literacy classes for children and adolescents, livelihood workshops and trainings for income generation, providing healthcare services to marginalized communities, accessing financial services using technology and benefiting with government provided social protection benefits. The vision behind establishing Smartpur centres is to provide a variety of services to the community members, enhance their access to basic services and empower the community.  

Digital Empowerment Foundation (Smartpur):  

ALIL partnered with Digital Empowerment Foundation to carry out its flagship program, focused on creating digitally inclusive villages through interventions that  function across five pillars- Livelihood, Governance, Financial Inclusion, Digital Literacy and Healthcare in 20 villages in Alwar and Bharatpur (Rajasthan). The project focused on utilizing digital connectivity technology to run the Smartpur centers and provide services with the larger goal of bridging the digital divide in India through digital literacy classes for children and adolescents, livelihood workshops and trainings for income generation, providing healthcare services to marginalized communities, accessing financial services using technology and benefiting with government provided social protection benefits. The vision behind establishing Smartpur centres is to provide a variety of services to the community members, enhance their access to basic services and empower the community.

NIPL & MFORMATION - Board decided to allocate the entire CSR fund to PM care fund.

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

Disclosure of the copy of the annual return in eForm MGT-7

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