While all CSR interventions shall fully comply with the relevant laws of the land in which they operate, they will strive to meet core needs, even if it is beyond what is mandated.
Interventions will focus on the impact on communities, and to this end, all companies will work collaboratively and synergistically on a set of agreed ReNew Initiatives.
All companies may seek business benefits and leverage their core competencies while undertaking CSR activities. However, community benefits will have to be paramount and clearly defined.
The CSR initiatives must be closely aligned with and relevant to the local and national contexts in which the company is located.
All CSR interventions will follow sustainable development principles - they will factor social, human rights and environmental impacts in their design and execution.
Communities must be central to the interventions and they must be actively involved in identifying the issues to be addressed and in the management and monitoring of the interventions.
Special care must be taken to ensure that the needs of the most disadvantaged in the community - in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and occupation - are addressed.
By design, all CSR initiatives shall ensure that communities can sustain them on their own, beyond the involvement of the ReNew. Hence, the initiatives must be part of a long-term CSR strategy.
All CSR interventions will be done in partnership with institutions that are close to the ground - community organisations, NGOs, companies (within & outside the ReNew) and government: local, state and central.
The CSR initiatives will be designed to provide a range of volunteering opportunities for ReNew.
The Lighting Lives program focusses on last-mile electrification of schools that receives less than 3 hours of electricity through solar energy. As part of the program we also aim at transforming the delivery of education by establishing digital labs and working with students to shape up their minds for a cleaner and greener future. The objective is to ensure rural children have access to a modern, technology-aided learning experience. The main objective of the program is to transform education through energy access and sensitize the youth towards the importance of using renewables. Through this program, we have directly impacted the lives of many students by facilitating a better learning environment through electricity access, better education delivery through ICT, enhancing digital knowledge, and increasing learning levels and enrolment and decreasing drop-out rates.
A unique online curriculum for middle school students sensitizing them on the concepts of sustainable development, impact of climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable individual behaviours. The curriculum is aligned with Hon’ble PM Modi’s clarion call for LiFE movement. This multilingual 10-hour curriculum is being rolled out in online and offline modes in government schools across our areas of operations.
We are implementing a very unique energy inclusion initiative in the rural Rann of Kutch region of Gujarat, where we have partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Self Employed Women's Assocation (SEWA) for training over 1000 women salt pan workers as renewable energy technicians. This initiative will see them leapfrog from low remunerative livelihoods such as salt farming into modern clean energy ecosystem. We will also work to facilitate their employment with support from other renewable sector players in the region.
In partnership with UNDP and IIT Delhi, we are working on a business impact accelerator program for women climate entrepreneurs who would be solving the most complex climate and energy-related issues. The first cohort of six climate entrepreneurs covers areas such as energy efficiency, storage, electrodes, circularity, sea water desalination. The goal is to continue this program year-on-year and ensure a cadre of women climate entrepreneurs to contribute to India’s climate action agenda.
India is staring at a looming water crisis. Today, as water scarcity becomes an increasingly challenging issue globally, India, too, is facing a severe and unprecedented water shortage. A report by NITI Aayog states that 54% of India’s ground water wells are declining and 40% of India’s population won’t have access to drinking water by the year 2030. In arid regions of Rajasthan, particularly in Jaisalmer, we have made efforts to ease the water crisis situation in the district by reviving two major traditional water harvesting structures - Taankas (traditional water conservation units at the household level) and Naadis (community ponds). Along with these, biosand filters have been installed in Taankas, which ensure removal of heavy metals, turbidity, bacteria, and pathogens from the water. Since the structures are indigenous to the project area, use indigenous knowledge, are low in cost, easy to maintain, and require only local materials and labour, similar interventions can be replicated in other rural desert and dryland environments successfully, potentially impacting tens of thousands of lives.
The effects of climate change have adversely impacted human kind. Over the last few years the winters have become harsher in northern parts of India. Scores of homeless people, including women and children are subjected to the falling mercury levels and icy cold winds which plague them during the peak winter season. In most instances, simple warmth provided by a blanket makes paves way for hope. Launched in the year 2015, with the vision - “no one in India should suffer due to cold weather”, Gift Warmth is ReNew’s effort to bring a little comfort to the underserved suffering from harsh winters in the coldest regions of India. Every year ReNewers from across the country reach out to the needy sections of the society and distribute blankets to bring about a little comfort to their lives. Another important objective of the campaign has been to create awareness and advocacy about the adverse effects of climate change at the community, national and global level.
According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, climate change is among the leading causes of rising global hunger. Extreme weather events, water scarcity, and land degradation have a cumulative negative impact on global hunger. As of 2022, India occupies the 107th position on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) out of the 121 ranked countries. The ‘Rice Bucket Challenge’ is an employee engagement initiative which contributes towards ensuring people do not stay hungry on the streets. Launched in 2015, the 'Rice Bucket Challenge' has been instrumental in mobilizing employees for contributing rice towards this cause. The quantity of rice donated by the employees is matched by ReNew and the total amount is distributed amongst the vulnerable sections of our population.