We believe we have a wider commitment to the places and communities where we live and work. This core value inspires us to undertake welfare activities, empower communities and build relationships to transform lives
Our corporate social responsibility efforts are largely focussed on healthcare, education, environmental sustainability, rural development, promotion of art and culture, gender equality and safety of the vulnerable sections of the society. Being a part of the Biocon Group, our responsibilities are discharged at a Group level through the Biocon Foundation. In addition, Biocon Foundation has aligned the social contribution priorities to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This helps us provide positive outcomes that have a lasting impact.
The year under review witnessed strong and determined efforts to come up with structured interventions in primary healthcare, education, rural development and environmental sustainability, to address crucial national and state level developmental challenges.
We focus on improving health awareness and addressing the issues of availability and accessibility to quality healthcare. Our initiatives span across preventive and primary care, NonCommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and child health.
Investments have been made in technology-enabled processes to build sustainable primary healthcare systems. The eLAJ Smart Clinic platform developed in-house is a case in point. These Smart Clinics maintain electronic records of patients to deliver evidence-based primary healthcare to underserved communities. The clinics are equipped with laboratories for conducting more than 50 types of tests. Reports from the laboratory are seamlessly shared with the physicians via live dashboards. In addition to clinical data, the dashboards also provide macro-level perspective of the performance of the health centre. We are also partnering governmental agencies in Karnataka to continue to address the critical gaps in the areas of primary healthcare through our digital platform. eLAJ Smart Clinics are an independent operation and as part of government Primary Health Centres in Karnataka.
Our NCD healthcare interventions increased in response to the growing need. The oral cancer screening programme is set for pan-India coverage with special emphasis on the North East region. Screening camps for breast and cervical cancers, clinics for diabetes management and to promote child health and nutrition were regularly organised. We also partnered programmes for geriatric care, mental health and school health.
Chinnara Ganitha, a workbook series exclusively developed by Biocon Foundation to provide children with a strong foundation in mathematics, is successfully running in its twelfth year. We distributed over 1 lac math workbooks across about 1,000 government schools in Karnataka in partnership with the Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC). While earlier the books were distributed only in rural and semi-urban areas, this year urban government schools were also included. This change resulted in greater effectiveness as well as valuable feedback from their resource persons.
The Aata Paata Wadi after-school enrichment programme in Kodagu, Karnataka, which was thus far restricted to day students of government schools of Standards 5 and 6, was relocated to the Ashrama Residential School run by the Social Welfare Department in Kodagu, and now caters to a larger number of children across Standards 1 to 7.
The growing threat of drinking water shortage has made it imperative that we preserve our natural lakes, the Biocon Foundation drew a multi-pronged strategy to rejuvenate the Hebbagodi Lake. This included adoption of bioremediation, a natural and eco-friendly sewage treatment method involving energy efficient cascading aerators and submersible mixers to enhance the level of dissolved oxygen in the water and floating wetlands treatment to further purify the water; filtering and prevention of solid waste from entering the lake; and creation of closed underground conduits to address sewage spill and stench. The construction of a children’s park has further transformed the lake into a scenic site. The learnings are now being incorporated for revival of another waterbody - Yarandahalli Lake in Bengaluru
The Foundation built classrooms for government schools and junior colleges. A new project undertaken was to construct a sub-road to connect Kyalasanahalli village to Jigani Town Municipal Council in Karnataka. This will improve accessibility and provide increased employment opportunities to the local rural population.
Hebbagodi Lake, once a garbage dump, has now made it to the Limca Book of Records for having India’s largest floating island.
Syngene won the FICCI CSR award for environment sustainability for its efforts (through the Biocon Foundation) to revive and restore the Hebbagodi lake in Bengaluru.