Gurugram: The senior management of PVR Ltd. and the representatives from various other corporates Bata, JLL, DLF, UCB, HP etc. gathered at PVR’s corporate office for a power session with GreenSole’s CEO, Shriyans Bhandari regarding their “Donating Walks” initiative and to garner support for the cause.
Donating Walks campaign is a social initiative, which envisions making shoe ownership a reality for all. It must be noted that according to a joint report by UNESCO and WHO, there are 1.2 billion people who wake up every day without any kind of footwear whatsoever while more than 350 million pairs of shoes are discarded each year.
Speaking at the ceremony, Shriyans Bhandari, CEO GreenSole, said, “We have received phenomenal interest from people of Delhi in the past few months and this event offers a great opportunity to interact with them and partner with corporates in the region to have collection centers and donation drives in the northern region”.
The event, which also had the presence of Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, JMD, PVR Ltd., was organised exclusively by PVR Nest, a decade old social arm of the company. Through this initiative, PVR Nest seeks to nurture and sensitize its employees as well as corporate sector to act as influencers of social change and emphasise on the deep-rooted impact that channelized philanthropic activities in making the world a better place for future generations.
Outlining the role of corporate sector in the social domain, Sanjeev Kumar Bijli said: “It is good to see the participation of executives from different organisations. We have a collective responsibility to contribute towards engineering a positive social change and ensuring that the economic divide in the society is reduced gradually through sustained efforts of like minded organisations and individuals.”
Commenting further, he said: “Such platform can be used for creating a space where everyone interested can brainstorm for disruptive innovations to eradicate poverty and build a robust and inclusive society.”
The event also witnessed Bijli gifting a cheque to GreenSole for 500 pairs of shoes meant for “children at risk” that PVR Nest supports through its “Childscapes” centres in the national capital.
Since its inception, PVR Nest has supported such causes and worked to create platforms and collaborations, which ultimately helps in building holistic communities.
About PVR Nest:
PVR Limited (the Company got incorporated in 1995,) has been an early adopter of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. Sustained economic performance, environmental and social progress has been our key factor for holistic business growth. PVR Nest was established in 2006 as a not- for profit nodal body aimed at providing dedicated approach to community development and also to fulfil our corporate social responsibility commitments. The foundation works extensively with Children at Risk (Childscapes) on their complete rehabilitation, education, nutrition, healthcare and employability, additionally, through its infrastructure-business enterprise- PVR Cinemas; it fosters the country’s largest film-based education program (CineArt). PVR Nest partners with local communities and builds its capacities to mitigate the issues and challenges the communities face.
We are an organization that refurbishes old shoes into comfortable and trendy footwear for hundreds of children who walk to school and otherwise are deprived of the joys of owning footwear. The venture started in 2013, with the shoes owned by the promoters. Today, Greensole has 17 corporate partners to support its initiative. These companies conduct collection drives in their offices and pay GreenSole to refurbish the shoes and donate them in villages. Additionally, the organization conducts collection drives across the country on its own too. It has tied up with many schools and colleges and installed drop boxes in public places like parks.
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