Bengaluru, NFAPost: Salesforce announced a $1.1 million donation to United Way of Hyderabad, Concern India Foundation, Rise Against Hunger India, and Youth for Seva, to support the Covid response across India.
These organisations are focused on procuring medical equipment and supplies, administering vaccine awareness and distribution, building community isolation centers, and providing food security for the most vulnerable populations in the country.
A global employee giving and matching campaign through GiveIndia will further contribute to supporting various organisations in India. To date, the campaign generated more than $1 million including the matching by Salesforce. Through corporate and employee donations, Salesforce will impact the lives of more than 2,00,000 people across the country.
Platform for change
Salesforce India CEO and Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said over the last year, Salesforce has demonstrated the power of businesses as a platform for change and the current Covid-19 crisis in India underscores how deeply interconnected the company is.
“The need of the hour for a future-ready India is vaccinations and I cannot emphasize enough the role of technology in the management of vaccines. I urge the healthcare system to leverage the power of technology to ensure equitable and speedy distribution of vaccines as it’s the only way we will effectively end the global pandemic. I am grateful to our team and our partners globally for their support to India while we continue to help the community, our team and their loved ones during this difficult time,” said Arundhati Bhattacharya.
In addition, Salesforce partnered with HSBC and the Khosla family to deliver medical supplies to different cities across the country. In total, 6000+ oxygen concentrators, 10,000 pulse oximeters will be delivered to critical locations through partnerships with the Red Cross and GiveIndia. Oxygen concentrators will also be available to all employees of Salesforce in India and outside of India with families here.
Through Salesforce’s Pledge 1% members and a global coalition of 43 companies have collectively contributed $28 million to support relief efforts focused on medical supplies, vaccine awareness and distribution, and food security.
Lastly, Salesforce employees in India and around the world have joined forces to staff a 24/7 volunteer helpline that provides employees and their families in India the latest crowdsourced information on hospital bed availability and how to access resources. This information also spans Covid-19 testing, doctor consultations, quarantine facilities, hospitalisation, medicine availability, and more.
Atul Satija, GiveIndia CEO and Founder 2.0, said, the support from Salesforce and Vinod Khosla is very timely as India continues to reel from the second wave of the pandemic.
“One of our first COVID relief efforts was to address the shortage in oxygen supply which was causing huge distress. The planeload of oxygen concentrators has the potential to impact over 34,000 patients with a severe drop in oxygen levels. We are very grateful that this will go some way in fulfilling our goal,” said Atul Satija.
Vaccine Cloud is part of Salesforce’s Covid-19 response technology solutions, which include vaccine inventory management, appointment scheduling, outcome monitoring, public health outreach and more.
Pledge 1% is a global movement that inspires, educates, and empowers every entrepreneur, company, and employee to be a force for good. Over 12,000 members in 100 countries around the world have used Pledge 1% ‘s flexible framework to ignite billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours in new philanthropy. To learn more about Pledge 1%, and how your company can get involved, visit pledge1percent.org.
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