Schneider Electric India's leading sustainability programme
January 21, 2014
As I dive deeper into the sustainability field and meet more organisations and people committed to doing things differently and making a difference, it has really struck me that although there is still a long way to go, there are many organisations initiatives with real intent to create shared value (see Michael Porter's concept) at their core.
Established to answer the question:
What steps need to be taken in less developed countries to bring reliable, affordable and clean electricity that would empower the 1.4 billion people who have no access to energy?
Schneider Electric's BipBop (Business, Innovation and People at the Base of the Pyramid) programme is a leading example of how an organisation can line up its core business strengths to a social need and create the eco-system required for sustainable social innovation.
From the outset of the programme one of the objectives in bringing safe, clean electricity to some of the poorest communities globally has been the intention to involve local people and local stakeholders in each country. The BipBop programme addresses three key issues to provide sustainable access to electricity:
• the lack of appropriate equipment
• the lack of financial resources available for innovative energy entrepreneurs
• and the skills and expertise shortage
To create an eco-system that combines the business proposition with infrastructure development as well as education and training to maintain systems, can really unleash the collective potential of communities and create transformation.