In conversation with Ms. Seema Suman, CSR Program Head- Sports & Women Empowerment, SKF India Limited

By auther pic. CSRBOX

February 28, 2019

Seema has been working in corporate & development sector since last 13 years. Prior to SKF, she has worked with JCB handling their Maharashtra CSR program for six years. In JCB she has worked intensively on rural development with a focus on child & women development. Seema has also worked in NGOs like Smile Foundation & Vataslya Trust. In SKF she has redesigned SKF Sports Education Program and conceptualized Udaan- SKF Scholarship Program. She also works as a guest facility in the colleges offering social work programmes.


Introducing the organization, Ms. Suman Seema says that SKF India Limited has been serving the markets with high-quality bearings for the past three decades. It’s a Sweden-based company with 8 factories located all over India. The company houses over 2500 employees.


Talking about SKF’s CSR interventions, Ms. Seema says, the company started the CSR initiatives with the objective of making meaningful differences in the lives of the recipients residing nearby the SKF’s factories. There are three flagship interventions undertaken by the company, first being-


SKF Sports Education Program- the program focuses on developing the children for opting sports as a career. It is divided in three phases-


1.     SKF Sports in School

2.     SKF Sports Academy

3.     SKF Scholarship Program


The duration of this program is almost 12 years.


YES- Youth Empowerment at SKF:

Under YES, the youth from underprivileged communities are given training in ‘Garage mechanic course’ for the duration of 6 months along with 2 years of handholding to help youth to become entrepreneurs.


At present, there are 7 centers of YES across India in the cities of Ahmedabad, Pune, Haridwar, and Assam.


Women Empowerment – ‘UDAAN’

It’s a scholarship program based at Marathwada, a drought hit region in Maharashtra. A girl child is awarded 100% scholarships after the completion of 10th grade, till she completes her education. The scholarship covers college fees, hostel fees, tuition, stationery, travel expenses etc.


As per Ms. Suman, the company believes not only in providing scholarships but also in the holistic development of these beneficiary girls. Understanding that, they also run soft skill program, career guidance program, personality development program, health initiatives as well as individual leadership programs.


Environment- Under this, the company focuses on water and solar energy.


Commenting on the challenges involved, Ms. Suman says that each program comes with its own set of challenges. For example, under its YES- Garage mechanic training, it’s extremely difficult to convince the youth for this training as the youth isn’t very much interested in working as garage mechanics.


Under the Sports program, which is for the underprivileged children, the challenge is that 60%-70% of children enrolled in the program are anemic. They cannot play sports due to their poor health, which stunts their growth as a good sportsperson.


Ms. Suman says it’s also very difficult to maintain and sustain the beneficiary, which is a huge challenge.


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