Employee Social Options
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Our Employee Social Options Program (Esops) connects Mahindra employees with people who need help. Each year, we organize ongoing initiatives or one-time programs to reach out to groups like the elderly, the disabled, disadvantaged students, or rural population. During the year from 2013-2014, 25,318 Esops volunteers contributed 459,836 man-hours. And each year, more and more volunteers join us in reaching out—we’ve grown more than four times in size since the first Esops in 2006.
From April 1, 2014, in line with the new Companies Act, we pledge to contribute at least 2% of the average net profits that the company made during the three immiedately preceding financial years, but we also believe in the importance of spending our own time and effort. Run by our Corporate Social Responsibility Department, Esops coordinates and focuses employees’ activities in order to create the greatest impact on the problems we tackle. Employees can select from a wide range of activities in the three focused areas of Health, Education, and Environment, or get involved in special local initiatives.
Our initiatives effect lasting change through education or permanent operation. Some of the notable Esops initiatives in the past year were the Lifeline Express at Karad, Maharashtra where 2614 patients were treated by performing surgeries, and distributing medicines, aids and appliances free of cost. We also over-achieved the one million tree plantation target of Mahindra Hariyali by planting more than 1.49 million trees.
Our education initiatives are designed in response to local needs. In FY 2009-2010, the Mahindra Spares business provided guidance and career counseling for 100 school dropouts and their parents. Our automotive plant in Mumbai ran a 14-day program for women to develop their personal skills, supporting female empowerment by training women to be effective self-advocates. And our farm equipment operations in Nagpur responded to the farmer suicide epidemic in the Vidarbha region with an initiative to identify and train resource-poor youth, empowering them to take advantage of other career opportunities.
The other Esops activities included numerous initiatives in Education, Health, Environment among others. Esops is also a culture that the Mahindra Group has cultivated as an ethic. Esops platform and a set of structures and protocols are created to make it easier and possible for every employee, who wish to make a contribution to society.
The other Esops activities included numerous initiatives in Education, Health, Environment among others.
Esops is also a culture that the Mahindra Group has cultivated as an ethic. Esops platform and a set of structures and protocols are created to make it easier and possible for every employee, who wish to make a contribution to society.