Hyderabad/Bengaluru/Chennai, October 5, 2015: Believing that small efforts can make a big difference, Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services (EGS) successfully completed its fourth annual volunteering month in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai throughout September. As part of this year’s event, more than 2,150 employees partnered with several non-government charitable institutions to contribute more than 12,000 hours of service to positively impact their communities.
Throughout the volunteering month, Wells Fargo employees supported causes such as community development, education and the environment. Whether it was a conversation to build a career, a helping hand for a community kitchen, or supporting education for children, Wells Fargo EGS volunteers actively took part in more than 100 projects to improve their local communities.
“In Wells Fargo, we encourage our team members to volunteer and support causes they are passionate about. We believe that working together and contributing in small ways collectively makes a big difference to the communities we are part of,” said Vishnupriya Saksena, Head of Corporate Sustainability for EGS.
Some of the highlights from this year’s volunteering month included:
- Planting trees: More than 2,500 saplings planted across Bengaluru and Hyderabad
- Recording of audio books for blind students: More than 150 books recorded for blind students in Hyderabad
- Eye screening, health camp, career orientation for youth, and interaction with and learning sessions for special children
- Participating on in the Swachh Bharat campaign in Chennai
- Collecting and distributing of food to the needy and the homeless
Volunteers felt they gained more than they gave.
“It was a wonderful experience to be with the kids. The unconditional love I experienced was just unmatchable,” said Vijay Ravuri, who volunteered to teach at a school in Hyderabad.
Some of the Wells Fargo volunteers also promised to do more.
“It was a great experience to contribute towards cleaning the Kowdenahalli Lake precincts. I would love to go back and do much more,” said Lina Nair, who took part in a project to clean this natural resource and improve the environment.
The volunteering month gives Wells Fargo team members an incredible opportunity to get involved in our communities — by volunteering time, giving financially, or both — to help them grow strong and to bring our Culture of CaringSM way to life.
Social Responsibility at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo’s social responsibility efforts are focused on five strategic areas: ethical business practices, product and service responsibility, team member engagement, environmental stewardship and community investment. These areas form the foundation of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and are brought to life through its initiatives. Wells Fargo EGS – India continuously works towards ensuring that while doing business, the company considers the environmental, social and economic needs as part of its everyday decisions.
Wells Fargo wants all its team members to be community leaders. Team members, regardless of rank or title, are the eyes and ears of the company in the community, helping to identify and decide how Wells Fargo should respond to community needs. Team members pledge their time and money to teach, build schools, work on environmental projects, raise funds and serve in non-profit organizations. The work is driven by genuine social impact brought about by contributing resources and time through volunteering efforts