What can be a better day other than the birthday of Mother Teresa which is celebrated all over as the UN International Day of Charity to host the Global Forum of the XIN Philanthropy Conference 2018, by the Alibaba Foundation, a private charity fund established by Alibaba Group, jointly with UCWeb (‘UC’), a business within Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group. It is the first conference of this kind to be held out of China.
“Public service is not about grandiose gestures, but the accumulation of small, thoughtful and compassionate acts from individuals each day”, said Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma Wednesday. “Charity is about how much you donate, but public service is about giving one’s time, actions and heart. It is a passion and force that come from within,” said Ma, speaking at the second Xin Philanthropy Conference, hosted by Alibaba’s Public Welfare Foundation. “Public service is the best medicine to all ailments…and by getting involved and doing your part to make the world a better place, you will be the biggest benefactor.”
Launched in 2016, the biennial conference is an important representation of Alibaba Group’s commitment to encouraging inclusive, universal and sustainable growth for businesses and communities alike – all for the greater benefit of people. The Global Forum held in Delhi under the theme of ‘Love and Infinity’ advocates for a wide public awareness and actions on Education, Children Protection and Women Empowerment. With global impacts and local insights, Alibaba Group regards India as a major part of its philanthropy roadmap, while UC’s philanthropic mission in India is to bridge the Digital Divide as much as possible.
Hosted by Indian actress and Founder of Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation Gul Panag, the Global Forum of Xin Philanthropy Conference has become a prominent gathering of Indian renowned philanthropists and public welfare advocates. Popular Hindi film superstar Kangana Ranaut has joined the roundtable to share personal experience being a frontline advocate of women equality; outstanding speakers within the global welfare and business domains includes Robin Raina, the Chairman, CEO & President of Ebix Inc. and founder of the Robin Raina Foundation, Abha Singh, lawyer, social activist and founder of Rann-Samar Foundation, etc. Current status of women equality and education, innovative solutions with “Internet plus philanthropy” model are discussed, given the trend that internet has brought disruptive change to every aspect of our lives. According to Alibaba’s philosophy of philanthropy, technology can help to lower the barrier for each individual to participate in philanthropy and unleash “The Power of Small” to drive big change for public welfare.
Arunima Sen, Programme Analyst for Governance, UN Women India MCO, Meagan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College International, Soha Moitra, Regional Director of Child Rights and You, Saurabh Jain, Vice President of Paytm and Head of Paytm Build for India Initiative and Alex Li, Managing Director of Alibaba Cloud India, joined Shunyan to officially kick off the 5th September Philanthropy Week during which different business units of Alibaba Group will have multiple philanthropic programs for public participation on a global scale.
With its user influence and brand reputation in the Indian market, UC launched a series of philanthropic projects on three main perspectives: Children Protection, Education, and Women Empowerment. UC joined hands with Indian Charity group Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation and initiated the #SafeChildhoodSafeIndia campaign on June 12th, the International Anti-Child Labor Day. The UC Anti-Child Labor Initiative has gained supports from 60,000 users within one day only.
Education wise, in line with India government policy, Alibaba Group launched the “Mission Million Books”. Initiated in 2016, the project aims to donate 1 million books to underprivileged schools and colleges across India to help educate and empower the country’s children and youth. Books collected via various donation routes are distributed to these educational institutions at no cost. In a short span over 8 lac books have already been collected and close to 7 lac donated impacting close to 2.5 million students across more than 2000 institutes in India. Another effort to improve children education is UC Shiksha campaign. UC Shiksha is a user-powered online-to-offline book donation program, attracted a participation of 1.5 million users within two months and benefited 50,000 students. UC is planning to expand the reach and depth of the project to help more children in need in a more comprehensive way.
In light of the positive result of UC Shiksha, UC determines to fully utilise the influence of its platform for philanthropy. In collaboration with 10 charitable organizations and philanthropic advocates in India, UC Browser is about to launch the UC Hope, a charity channel for local charitable content. The channel aims to increase users’ awareness on the social issues in India and to nurture empathy by news-feeding the philanthropic content.
In 2011, Alibaba Group established the Alibaba Foundation, a private charity fund which has earmarked 0.3% of Alibaba Group’s annual revenue to fund efforts designed to support environmental protection in China and helping the disadvantaged. In the fiscal year 2018, Alibaba Group and the Alibaba Foundation made approximately RMB230 million (US$37 million) in donations.
The Alibaba Foundation and UCWeb will host a global forum of the XIN Philanthropy Conference 2018 in India starting September 5 encouraging public participation in philanthropy.
The week-long conference which will focus on education, child protection and women’s empowerment will be held simultaneously in Hangzhou and in Delhi. UCWeb which is a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group launched India’s first women only news channel earlier this year.