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Wipro chairman Azim Premji’s letter to employees


pro chairman Azim Premji has sent a letter to the company’s 170,000+ employees warning of dangers facing the world and the IT industry. Premji shares four principles that he says should guide the actions in the quest for a better world. The billionaire, who has committed half of his wealth to philanthropic activities, recalled a recent visit to a school in Sirohi in Rajasthan where a young girl asked him about his achievements.

Here’s the letter sent by Wipro founder to the company’s employees.

Dear Wiproite,

Four weeks ago in the gentle morning winter sun, I watched the assembly proceedings, of a school which serves a severely disadvantaged community, in Sirohi in Rajasthan. It was deeply engaging for me, because the children were completely and meaningfully engaged.

After the assembly, a confident young girl – probably no more than 11 years old – talked with genuine joy, about how good and satisfied she felt. This child was talking about the fulfillment that comes from something well done. Then, she posed a question to me: what was it that I have done, that makes me feel really happy and fulfilled?

It is not as though this question has not been asked of me before. But that moment and the question, was suffused with the child’s genuine curiosity and pure heart, and so became a moment of great clarity and insight for me. The greatest fulfilment is in knowing that the work that we are doing at the Foundation has some role in shaping confident, thinking, caring and ethical human beings like her.

For five decades, I have been completely invested in Wipro and its people. Wipro makes a real difference to its clients across the world, and this is what powers its success. It is your commitment and hard work, and that of every Wiproite, that actually makes this happen. I have the greatest pride in this.
The importance of this success of Wipro has become manifold more, because it’s the success of Wipro that enables the possibility of making a difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. This is because almost 40% of Wipro is owned by a philanthropic trust, which is completely focused on trying to contribute to developing a better world, including helping children like the girl that I met in Sirohi.

On the eve of the coming New Year, I must say that the year 2016, seems to have raised questions and obstacles, on the path to a better world, which cannot be ignored. These questions have arisen from developments in the political arena, from the fast unfolding environmental crisis and from forces that want to shape the world in to a place of exclusion, conflict and suspicion.

Once we start addressing these issues head on rather than ignoring them, I am confident that we will continue to make progress. It’s not that only people in public life can play a part, but each one of us in our own roles can make a difference, and we as a company can make a substantial difference.
For this, I feel that if we use four principles to guide our actions, we can be constructive without yielding on the quest for a better world.

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