As a corporate citizen we aim to engage in the societies where we operate. Every year we do philanthropic donations to support different sustainability needs. In 2016 (for 2017), three of the recipients were supporting education for children – our future. We will also engage in the Finland 100 programme, and the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017.
Based upon authorization of Tieto’s Board of Directors, the recipients of Tieto’s yearly philanthropic donations are systematically selected by Tieto’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) steering group. The decision is confirmed by Tieto’s Leadership Team. Selections are based on local community-needs assessments made in co-operation with the local business operations. Based on Tieto’s approach, our donations are aligned with the business strategy and purpose – creating value for people, business and society – and have a close connection to local businesses and operating countries. Depending on local needs and assessments, Tieto strives to support social wellbeing as well as environmental protection. In addition, the philanthropic donations can be long-term programmes as well as short-term initiatives, such as disaster aid. Tieto also complies with applicable local laws on social engagement.
Apart from doing philanthropic donations, Tieto is also engaged in pro bono work. To facilitate the settlements of health insurance claims for underprivileged people, Tieto has developed and provided Uplift Mutuals, India, with a SaaS offering.
My Dream Now helps children pursue their future dreams
My Dream Now is an organization in Sweden focusing on building a bridge between companies and schools with the aim of inspiring young students to fulfill their future dreams. In 2016, My Dream Now received one of Tieto’s philanthropic donations.
Tieto has engaged in My Dream Now in different ways over several years. Tieto employees have volunteered as class coaches, among other things. In addition, students have participated in study visits and job shadowing at Tieto to inspire and increase their understanding of daily work life.
TIETO JOINS THE FINLAND 100 PROGRAMME
Finland became an independent state on6 December 1917 and will hence turn 100 years in 2017. Founded in 1968, Tieto has been part of almost half of the journey in building today’s Finland. To participate in the centenary and celebration, Tieto has decided to support the Finland 100 Programme.
The centenary of Finland’s independence will be the most significant commemorative year for this generation of Finns. The theme of the year is ‘Together’ and the programme is developed together with participants. Tieto will be supporting projects in line with the company’s corporate purpose of creating value for life.
Identity Foundation helps underprivileged children
Founded in 2003, Identity Foundation is a charitable trust in Pune, India, working with underprivileged children. Tieto has supported Identity Foundation's Mobile Learning and Infotainment Centre (MLIC) buses since 2007. In 2016, Identity Foundation received one of Tieto’s yearly 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 an exposure to positive entertainment and providing useful information. In 2016, over 18 different MLIC activities or sub-programmes were conducted together with 24 partnering NGOs, reaching more than 6 100 children.
Lila Poonawalla Foundation empowers women to pursue higher education
Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF) 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. In 2016, one philanthropic donation was made to Lila Poonawalla Foundation as part of Tieto’s local engagement in India.
Since its inception in 1996, over 12 220 scholarships have been granted to 5 848 deserving girls. The foundation gives scholarships to the girls from Pune, Amaravati and Wardha district. LPF scholarships are merit-cum-need based scholarships. The highlight of the foundation is that it gives an outright grant to all the girls who are selected by the foundation trustees.
Uplift Mutuals facilitates easy access to quality health care
Uplift Mutuals is a local not for profit organization, which has emerged out of the need for access to quality health care at reasonable costs. Under Uplift Mutual’s model, low-income families in the unorganized sector in India can share their health risks and get access to mutual micro insurance for financing their medical treatments and hospital visits. Besides health insurance, the organization also provides medical advice via telephone, and has even employed its own doctors who provide their services to patients free of charge.
Tieto has engaged with Uplift Mutuals since 2012. Based on pro bono work, Tieto has developed and provided Uplift Mutuals with a SaaS solution, Uttam, replacing the often time-consuming manual work needed to settle health insurance claims. With the help of the easy document uploading functionality, Uplift has been able to process claims in a matter of 48 hours, where the usual turnaround time is about 20-25 days.In addition to easing the burden for low-income families to fund their health issues, Uttam also provides an easy-to-use process for expanding the micro insurance for health programmes to cover more communities. Furthermore, it has helped to reduce operational costs for Uplift Mutuals. Going forward, Tieto will help launch Uttam as a mobile solution, supporting Uplift’s expansion to larger communities.
Me&MyCity's learning concept fosters students employability skills
Me&MyCity (Yrityskylä) is an award-winning Finnish education innovation and learning concept aimed at sixth-graders and ninth-graders, covering society, working life and entrepreneurship. In 2014, Me&MyCity was granted a philanthropic donation by Tieto covering a three-year engagement with this organization.
The Me & MyCity learning environment for sixth-graders is a miniature city where students work in a profession, and function as consumers and citizens as part of society. In Tieto's office, children can try out to be a project manager or sales manager, as well as a specialist who works on customer cases, for instance related to smart home innovations.