In its continuous effort to unlock the potential for growth in its local communities, Grant Thornton in India celebrated its fourth Global CSR day on 13 and 14 September where 174 Grant Thornton employees dedicated 700 working hours towards community development programmes across eleven cities in India.

From this year onwards, the Firm has adopted ‘Every Day CSR’ approach.  With this fresh approach, Grant Thornton aims to equalise the quality of education, improve the general health and well-being for underprivileged families and design and implement an industry recognised employment linked programme for underprivileged youth.

“We are redefining the way we approach CSR to be something much more meaningful and something which helps create purpose for our people beyond just their work commitments and career aspirations. We want to embed social responsibility into our Firm’s Culture and that is why we call it Every Day CSR. We have already launched 4 work streams each with their distinct focus i.e., supporting or empowering our support staff and their families, building financial and compliance capabilities among our clients in the NFP space and providing support to underprivileged children in the areas of health and education. The CSR team is enthused by the nearly 300 partners and staff who have volunteered their time across the work streams. We would encourage even higher participation and are committed to making a difference to our Communities thereby furthering our Firm’s purpose of contributing to a more Vibrant Economy,” said Vikesh Mehta, Partner, Grant Thornton India LLP.

Education, healthcare and skill development were the three thematic areas identified for this year’s CSR day. The Firm associated with U&I, a volunteer-driven charitable organisation and conducted curriculum aligned outcome based sessions on English, Mathematics, Science, Oral Hygiene and Waste Recycling at six locations including NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. We also collaborated with NGOs like Ektara in Kolkata, Humari Kaksha in Chandigarh and Sewa Sehyog in NCR, Mumbai and Kochi.

“In 2014 what started as a small initiative of extending support to our support staff through education assistance, training and health insurance covers, has grown to become a movement as our Ambition to grow with our Community has grown manifold.

In 2018, we at Grant Thornton have committed to volunteer our time throughout the year towards developing communities by rendering assistance in the areas of Education, Skill development and Health care. Because by giving we are contributing towards developing a vibrant economy,” said Kavita Mathur, People & Culture Leader, Grant Thornton Advisory Private Limited.