As a corporate citizen, we want to engage in the local societies where we operate. In 2014, we focused our philanthropic donations on education for children and young people. We believe education is an important tool to prevent poverty and alienation and to build the foundation for a better life – it can be a life changer.
Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Steering Group systematically selects the beneficiaries of our yearly philanthropic donations. Selections are based on local community-needs assessments made in cooperation with our local business operations. Based on our approach, these donations should be aligned with our business strategy and purpose – to develop society – and have a close connection to our local businesses and operating countries. Depending on the local needs and our assessments, we strive to increase social wellbeing as well as support environmental protection. In addition, our philanthropic donations can be long-term programs as well as short-term initiatives, such as disaster aid.
In 2014, our philanthropic donations focused on supporting education for children and young people. The beneficiaries were Mattecentrum in Sweden, Me&MyCity in Helsinki, Finland, Identity Foundation, India, and Lila Poonawalla, India. In addition to this, we support the Uplift Health Program in India through pro-bono work. Naturally, we also comply with the applicable local laws on social engagement. In 2014, we established the set-up to comply with Indian legislation.
Mattecentrum (Centre of Mathematics) is a non-profit organization offering maths tutoring lessons called maths labs. Regardless of knowledge, curriculum or school, anyone is welcome to a Mattecentrum maths lab. The organization also runs an online tutoring site called Mattecentrum.se with video lessons, theoretical texts and exercises. All services are free of charge and available for all.
The Centre of Mathematics was founded in 2008. Today, the organization reaches out to more than 180 000 children and young people every month. We at Tieto started to cooperate with Mattecentrum in 2013, and are proud to be part of this work. In 2014, Mattecentrum was granted one of our philanthropic donations.
Me&MyCity (Yrityskylä) is an award-winning Finnish education innovation and learning concept aimed at primary school students. The concept brings together students and teachers, university students, companies and local authorities to foster young people’s employability skills. In the Me&MyCity learning environment - a miniature town - students spend a day as employees, citizens and consumers, gaining understanding of their own role as a part of the community, as well as information about economy and different actors in the society. In 2014, Me&MyCity was granted a philanthropic donation by Tieto.
Me&MyCity already reaches 70% of Finland’s sixth-graders each study year, and has been awarded by both the European Commission and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).
Identity Foundation, India
Founded in 2003, Identity Foundation is a charitable trust registered at the office of the Charity Commissioner of Pune, and working with underprivileged children. We have supported Identity Foundation's Mobile Learning and Infotainment Centre (MLIC) buses, running the streets of Pune, India, since 2007. In 2014, Identity Foundation was granted one of our philanthropic donations.
The MLIC programme revolves around the utilization of two mobile learning and infotainment buses. Here underprivileged children, such as street children, can get literacy as well as life skills education. The MLIC’s also serve as information facilities by giving children exposure to positive entertainment and providing useful information.
In 2014, over twenty different MLIC activities or sub-programmes were conducted together with thirty partnering NGOs, reaching more 7 000 children.
Lila Poonawalla Foundation, India
Lila Poonawalla Foundation is an Educational Trust in India whose vision is to contribute to the empowerment of Indian women by supporting academically outstanding and financially deserving girls through scholarship to pursue higher education. Since its inception in 1996, almost 3 000 scholarships have been granted to more than 1 900 deserving girls.
The foundation gives Scholarships to the girls from Pune District for School Level Education and Post-Graduation, as well as girls pursuing Under Graduation in Pune District. LPF scholarships are merit-cum-need based scholarships. The foundation gives an outright grant to all the girls who are selected by the foundation Trustees. In 2014, Lila Poonawalla Foundation was granted a philanthropic donation by Tieto.
Uplift India Association (Uplift) is an association of non-profit organizations who have come together to combine and share technical resources and to build consensus on community-led models for securing social protection for the unorganized. Its member organizations implement micro-credit business development and family development programmes to augment the standard of living of the communities they work with.
The Uplift Health program provides cheap health insurance to people in India who cannot afford medical insurance or medical care. Besides health insurance, the organization also provides medical advice via telephone to over 130 000 members, helping them receive proper medical care at hospitals and other health organizations. Uplift has even employed its own doctors who provide their services to patients free of charge.
We have engaged with the Uplift Health program since 2012 through pro-bono work. In 2013, in partnership with Uplift we helped to redesign a micro-insurance product into a web based solution, also offered by Tieto as a SaaS model, which facilitates the settling of claims with a faster turnaround. In 2014, this solution was rolled out to three Microcredit institutions with approximately 10 000 health insurance policies covering almost 40 000 members.