Hindustan Unilever Foundation
According to estimates, by 2030 the supply of water in India will be half its demand. To understand and partake in meeting this challenge, we set up Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) in 2010, a not-for-profit company that acts as a vehicle to anchor water management related community development and sustainability initiatives of Hindustan Unilever Limited. HUF operates the ‘Water for Public Good’ programme, with specific focus on water associated livelihoods, in 54 districts across India in partnership with 20 NGOs and encouraging them to tie up various co-funding arrangements. HUF also supports several knowledge initiatives in this area.
Our water conservation programme undertaken through collective action and in partnership with NGOs, communities, other co-funders and partners across India has achieved the following by 2016:
- Water conservation: A potential of more than 300 billion litres has been created through improved supply and demand management of water
- Agriculture and Biomass yield: The projects undertaken by the Company have generated additional agriculture and biomass production of more than six lakh tonnes.
- Person days: These projects have generated more than 37,00,000 person days of employment.
- Capacity building: Over 1,70,000 persons have been trained in water conservation activities, better agricultural practices and related areas.
The cumulative impact of these projects initiated by HUF have been independently assured.
The ambition of HUF is to create 500 billion litres of water conservation potential in a cumulative and collective way.
- Charting Our Water Future, 2030 Water Resources Group
- Report of the Working Group on Water Database Development and Management. Planning Commission, September 2011