Corporate Projects / Initiatives

“Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India”

A CSR Initiative of YES Bank for Achieving Sustainable Growth in Indian MSMEs


Enhancing the competitiveness of MSME clusters and improving their environmental and sustainable development has been the focus of the YES Bank supported project titled ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’. The project aims at promoting energy efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures in MSME clusters, and has been implemented in eight states namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh. Under the programme, MSMEs have been sensitized on the importance of energy efficiency and occupational health and safety measures. They are also being supported with target energy audit, whereby the energy auditors assess and highlight potential areas for energy saving.


Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Tamil NaduUttar PradeshKeralaAssam

Targeted MSME Sectors

Dyeing, Rubber, Plastic, Painting, Textile, Rice Mills, Auto ancillaries, Sports goods, Pharmaceuticals, Printing & Packaging, Chemicals, Food Processing, Industrial Engineering (Foundry, Industrial tools and pumps, General Engineering, Electrical etc.)

Project Highlights:

  • 27,450 workers from 14,947 MSMEs have been sensitized on energy efficiency and occupational health & safety measures.
  • Sensitization Workshops for promoting Sustainable MSMEs in India
  • Promoting Environmental Sustainability in MSMEs through Energy Conservation
  • Promoting Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in MSMEs
  • Entrepreneur Development Programmes
  • Entrepreneurship awareness programmes for Women artisans and Skill–based entrepreneurs

Core Initiatives Over the Years​​​

Project Udaya

EDII joined hands with TATA Communications Ltd. in ‘Project Udaya’ to promote entrepreneurship among women from SC/ST, weaker sections and SHG members for sustainable income generation through enterprise creation.

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Entrepreneurship Development Programme for SC/ST in Pune District (2015-19)

Sponsored by TATA Communication Ltd. Pune, the programme ‘Promoting Entrepreneurship amongst Individuals and Self-Help Groups from Affirmative Action Communities in Pune District’ aimed at developing entrepreneurial capacity and business competence among SC/ST, people from weaker sections and SHG members, for sustainable income through enterprise creation in communication. The 54-month project began in December 2015.

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Skills to Succeed 2020 Goals

EDII has joined hands with Accenture in their ‘Skills to Succeed’ project which intends to develop micro entrepreneurs from among the marginalized and backward communities.

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Hand Made in India

The project which commenced in 2019 would be implemented over 3 years. ‘Handmade in India’ is a 3-year project focused at evolving an entrepreneurial ecosystem around 6 selected handloom clusters spread across five states – Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha & Tamil Nadu (Kamrup, Surendranagar, Bhuj, Maheshwar, Bargarh, Salem handloom clusters in India). EDII is anchoring the project in consultation with Ernst & Young (Knowledge partner), and with support from HSBC.

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World on Wheels (WOW)’ Project of Hewlett Packard

As part of the MoU signed with Hewlett Packard (HP), EDII and HP are creating digital literacy among the rural population under the project ‘World on Wheels’. The project focuses on building and deploying internet-enabled digital inclusion and learning labs to facilitate digital literacy, education programming, entrepreneurship training, and other community services in rural India. Mobile computer labs (big multi axle buses with computer lab set up) have been equipped with necessary paraphernalia. During its stay at the designated villages, the bus extends its services for 10 hours, of which 4 hours is devoted to school children, 3 hours to youth, 1 hour for dispensing common services like Aadhaar, MeeSeva services etc, and 2 hours for creating awareness on government schemes and various development themes.

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Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India

EDII has been roped in by YES Bank to implement its CSR project ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’. The primary goal is to promote energy efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures in MSME clusters, leading to enhanced competitiveness of MSMEs and improved environmental and social performance.

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Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ of Walmart

EDII was engaged by Walmart to impart training to women entrepreneurs under its ‘Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WEDP 3.0)’. The WEDP aimed at building capacity of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) across India by imparting professional and life skills to build robust and sustainable businesses.

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Implementing Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Interventions at Karnali under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana ​

In this 3-year project which began in 2015, EDII has empowered, educated and engaged women and youth of Karnali by providing them entrepreneurial skills and capacity building training in various trades. Interventions also included financial handholding support to the participants to start a micro venture. Participants were given hands-on-training to manufacture different types of products including coloured candles, face cream, and snacks and sweets, and were also given training in digital literacy. Several beneficiaries have set up micro ventures and are scaling up in terms of production capacity.

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Boost your Business’ programme with Facebook (2017-18)

EDII collaborated with Facebook to implement its National Project – ‘Boost Your Business’. Conducted in 15 states, the programme focused on training entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses with the requisite knowledge, skills, and technology to facilitate growth of their businesses online. They were equipped with skills to use Intensive and interactive flash workshops were conducted to orient micro/small enterprises/shopkeepers/traders with various aspects of using Facebook to ‘Boost Your Business’.

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