Advocacy and Community Outreach

GEP cares about the communities in which we live and work. We consider corporate social responsibility (CSR) to be one of our highest priorities.

We share a common purpose — to help inspire positive and lasting change. Our core values of leadership and integrity underscore each action we take and every decision we make, and we understand that even the smallest act of kindness can change a life.

We honor the philanthropic spirit initiated by our founders in 1999 and are committed to charitable and worthwhile causes. Our employees are catalysts for change in the areas where we work and live, and we take pride in providing community service. Our outreach programs are focused on hunger, poverty, education and health.

So, whether it’s hosting a day of reading and crafts for children, or partnering with organizations such as the United Way or the American Cancer Society, we accomplish great things when we work (and play) together. We hold ourselves to the goals we’ve set for corporate social responsibility, and we take those goals seriously ― even when we’re having fun achieving them.

GEPSI

Our founders established GEP with a philanthropic spirit back in 1999 and continue to carry that spirit today. “Initiatives that are near and dear to me are elimination of hunger, education and entrepreneurship, particularly for women,” says Roopa Makhija, GEP President.

GEPSI began, as many success stories do, with the efforts of one person. A consultant based in the United States took a trip to Ethiopia and came back filled with gratitude and a desire to help those who are less fortunate.

The effort was launched in the United States office in 2009. This endeavor then spread to our offices in India in early 2010, when Women@GEP India got together to spread awareness about contemporary social issues, engage with non-profits and local communities, and collaborate with them to help meet their needs.

All our offices around the world participate in GEPSI activities and fundraisers, and remember, even the smallest gesture can make a huge difference to one person.

Be a catalyst for change ― because we can achieve great things together.

 

  • Backpack Buddies aims to provide the children living in homeless shelters with the school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. GEPSI supports the WIN shelter in New York City, serving close to 12,000 women and their children each year
  • The GEPSI US team also partnered with WIN on April 21, 2017 to celebrate Earth Day. GEPpers taught 25 kids the importance of saving our environment and painted and planted flower pots
  • Several U.S. team members ran the Rutgers half marathon and 8K together. To cheer them on, GEPSI organized a fundraiser where we contributed to each runner. All contributions went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • GEPpers worked with Jersey Battered Women Services (JBWS) to provide basic toiletries to 12 families and decorated journals with inspiring messages
  • The GEPSI U.S. team organized a career fair for women in homeless shelters in the NY and NJ area. They also assisted the women in putting together resumes and gave job advice

  • Reaching out to the underserved in society has for long been one of the foremost ideals of corporate social responsibility at GEP. In August 2017, GEPSI joined hands with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to flag off a fleet of food delivery vehicles that will support distribution of daily meals to underprivileged children in government-run schools. The goal is to provide over one million meals that will feed poor school children all over India, every day.
  • GEPSI India regularly invites esteemed speakers like Saskia Bruysten from the Yunuz Foundation and Nimish Patel from Empty Hands to meet with and influence employees to spread kindness and giving
  • Our GEPSI India team works with Happy Feet Home hospice for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses
  • Twenty-two GEPpers from our Hyderabad office ran a 5K/10K on 22nd January 2017, as part of a GEPSI sponsored fundraising event to support Seva Bharathi’s “Kishori Vikas” ― a program designed to educate and empower adolescent girl children in slums

  • GEPSI Prague works with the children in Motol Hospital, most recently organizing a theater show for the children in the oncological department
  • GEPSI also works with FFCON (facility for children of foreign nationals), spending free time with the kids and planning activities like picnics, ice skating, and cinema visits. GEPSI Prague also regularly donates clothes, shoes and other accessories to the facility ― most used as birthday and Christmas presents for the children
  • Our Prague GEPpers also helped refurbish a local animal shelter. We did some gardening as well as cleaned windows for the owner of the facility. In addition to the physical help, we provided the shelter with food and equipment for daily maintenance

  • Most recently, GEPSI London worked to educate and raise awareness on the conflict in Syria. GEPpers visited the British Museum and toured the excavation room, learning about current research sites in the Middle East and the threats they face
  • They also learned about the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI), which offers academic and cultural support to a country in constant upheaval. As part of our social initiative, GEPSI London collected £400 to help BISI scholar Omar Jassam, who visited the U.K. for his research on “Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Regions of Armed Conflicts: Iraq.”

Clinton Global Initiative

One of GEPSI’s most ambitious efforts to date is the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Founded in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI brings together global leaders to brainstorm and implement innovative solutions to improve the lives of millions of people. Since 2005, the CGI has developed 2,300 initiatives affecting 430 million people. The CGI annual meetings bring together an impressive group — from dignitaries to philanthropists to Nobel Prize winners to heads of state and CEOs, united by their shared commitment to building a strong, sustainable global community.

Companies are organizing their own initiatives and committing to completing them — things like providing renewable energy, universal education, or empowering women with employment or schooling in third-world countries.

Subhash Makhija, CEO of GEP, is proud to be a member of the Clinton Global Initiative since 2015.

During the annual 2015 meeting, attended by GEP President, Roopa Makhija and Vice President of Marketing, Al Girardi, President Clinton stressed the power CGI members have as innovators in their given industries to address pressing global issues. According to the CGI portfolio, India, Kenya, and the United States are the three countries with the highest number of active humanitarian projects ― dovetailing nicely with our own GEPSI initiatives.

“Broader social thinking and social action are part of the very fabric of GEP values and culture,” Girardi noted. “CGI gives all of us at GEP an opportunity to join with like-minded people, companies and organizations to help people across the world live a better life.”

Similar to GEPSI, CGI’s mission is to turn ideas into action. Learn more.

 

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