NASSCOM Foundation celebrates World Environment Day 2014 with a Webinar and E-waste Collection drive
New Delhi, 5th June 2014: It is 8:30 AM and 20 year old, Mohan is busy setting his workplace for the day in front of a computer screen. Most of us will be checking our email and other social networking sites for updates but not him. Armed with a hammer, Mohan will be dismantling monitors, CPU, etc. amidst a heap of discarded electrical and electronic equipment. In many ways, he marks an important point in the life cycle of these marvellous devices which have changed the course of human history and ushered us into the digital age. Yet, ironically, he is a part of millions of people who have been left out of the digital revolution.
According to StEP, India produced around 2.75 million tonnes of e-waste in 2012. An Indian market Research Bureau (IMRB) survey titled ‘E-waste generation at Source’ in 2009 found that out of the total e-waste volume in India, 27 % per cent comprises of desktops. Almost 90% of this e-waste finds its ways into the hands of the scrap dealers like Mohan who use crude and potentially hazardous methods to dismantle these machines. At the same time according to a BBC news report only 3.1% of the population in India are connected to the internet. It is this very dichotomy that NASSCOM Foundation believes to resolve through its BigBridge program.
Given this background, NASSCOM Foundation in collaboration with Mphasis and Attero had organized a webinar for NASSCOM member companies on World Environment Day on 5th June, 2014. The webinar focussed on legal framework of e-waste management roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of e-waste. About 90 people from 45 companies participated in the webinar.
To mark the World Environment day, a week long e-waste collection drive was also organised with 14 companies spread across six cities namely, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune starting from 5th June 2014 to 12th June 2014. The objective of both the event has been to sensitize people towards the nuances of e-waste management process. Photo tour here: http://bit.ly/V61HOg
In addition to this, the Foundation along with Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Industrial Infrastructure Corporation(IIC) – Industrial Area Local Authority(IALA) also organised a month long collection drive from 5th June 2014 to 4th July 2014 as part of the Industrial Environment Improvement Drive in Hyderabad. Photo tour here: http://bit.ly/V63bIc
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman of NASSCOM Foundation said, "Bridging the digital divide is the first step in bringing about a paradigm shift; through BigBridge we are not only channelizing e-waste through proper recycling channels but also taking technology to the underserved through the used systems that are refurbished and donated to NGOs"
BigBridge e-waste collections drive to celebrate ‘World Environment Day’ on 5th June, 2012
The BigBridge program of NASSCOM Foundation in collaboration with Attero, a partner organization, hosted an e-waste collection drive to celebrate ‘World Environment Day’ on 5th June, 2012.
Steria NewGen and HSC-Hughes Systique participated in this collection drive by encouraging their employees to bring surplus- non-used electronic and electrical equipment to be disposed in designated spaces. The BigBridge team then collected and disposed the e-waste via an environmentally sound process.
E-waste is among the fastest growing waste streams across the world today, fueled by exponential growth in the use of electronic equipment, especially PCs and their rapid rate of obsolescence. They are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous, depending on their condition and density. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment.
NASSCOM Foundation’s BigBridge program gives new life to redundant computers and recycles e-waste in a responsible manner. In line with the celebrations and our commitment to the cause, the Foundation along with Steria and HSC Hughes Systique pledged for a sustainable future through responsible e-waste management.
Linsey Simpson, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters
"Education and Environment being the key focus areas of Thomson Reuters’ Corporate Responsibility strategy, it was only natural to team up with NASSCOM Foundation to support their BigBridge Program. This program truly plays a great role of bringing IT to the grassroots levels and at the same time providing a complete IT disposal facility to organizations. We are delighted to be partnering with NASSCOM Foundation in supporting this noble cause."
Christopher Turillo, Program Manager, Medha
“Medha recognizes the importance of digital literacy in employability development of the college going youth and included digital learning and basic software skills as an integral component in its Employability Development Program. Laptops donated by NASSCOM Foundation and Thomson Reuters, through BigBridge are used to set up internet-enabled computing facilities in Medha partner colleges. These facilities are used to familiarize students with computers, enhance their skills in Internet, MS-Word, PPT, and Excel etc. and to work on other program related assignments by the students”.
Medha is a new generation change organization with a mission to better prepare Indian youth for life after school. It supports existing college students with employability training, leadership development, and career services. Medha is a registered not-for-profit company in India under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 and in the United States as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Shubham Ravi, Coordinator, Janyoday Vikash Parishad
‘First of all, we would like to express our heart-felt thanks to both Thomson Reuters and NASSCOM Foundation for their help on making these systems available. The laptops and the desktops have served our purpose largely. We donated most of the computers to the centres that are teaching computer literacy in the far flung areas of Bihar and Jharkhand. One of the beneficiaries is a part of a self-help group, and the computer is helping them not only in their day-to-day processes but also in the process of communication with their markets. A few of these computers is being used by the members of our organization’.
Arth Raj, Member, Self Help Group supported by Janyoday
“The use of the computers has made the documentation process almost paperless. Further, the members of our organization are able to communicate better among themselves.”
Janyoday Vikash Parishad
Janyoday Vikash Parishad was founded in spring of 4 july 1994, is in action group formed by activists and professionals in Gaya, Bihar. We intend to mobilize the local community to collectively support this effort. The focus of the group is to raise the awareness among the students and the local community about the need for promoting basic education in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Sanjeev Jain, India Leader, GE Volunteers
“We have been supporting NASSCOM Foundation’s Big Bridge Program for the last three years. Education is a key focus area for our Volunteering activities. Through this initiative, we aim to empower the underprivileged members of Indian society by bringing computer education closer to them.”
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Rohit Kapoor, President and CEO, EXL Service
“We are happy to have partnered with NASSCOM Foundation for our computer donation and e-waste disposal drive. As a responsible corporate citizen, EXL has a significant focus on education and environment.”
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