05 December, 2020

‘We Are Doing Far Too Little Compared To What Needs To Be Done’

Azim Premji, Best Socially Conscious Entre­preneur at the Outlook Speakout Awards 2017, feels we are doing far too little when it comes to caring for our environment.

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
‘We Are Doing Far Too Little Compared To What Needs To Be Done’
outlookindia.com
2017-08-26T11:25:19+05:30

Azim Premji was in his 20s when he took over his father’s vegetable oils business. Back in the 1970s, the firm, then only just diversifying into manufacturing soaps, set out to hire from one of the top B-schools in the country, but had to ret­urn ­empty-handed—for nobody, as Premji once recoun­ted, had heard of them.

The Wipro story—the transformation of a family business into a professionally-run one and, then, its early bet on infotech as the future—is one of ­India’s corporate legends.

Premji, 72, who has been at Wipro’s helm for half a century, believes owners of corporates are trustees of the wealth that has to drive social causes. He is among India’s most generous businessmen, having pledged 39 per cent of Wipro’s shares for philanthropic initiatives.

Premji, Best Socially Conscious Entre­preneur at the Outlook Speakout Awards 2017, feels we are doing far too little when it comes to caring for our environment. “Issues of...

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