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HCL Foundation addressing mass afforestation, water conservation

HCL Foundation addressing mass afforestation, water conservation

 August 21, 2019

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Working with HCL Technologies, a diversified global enterprise active across varied sectors including technology, healthcare and talent management, means working for an employer who cares about the environment and our planet. The company has a corporate social responsibility arm, HCL Foundation, that was established to bring about lasting positive impact in the lives of people through long-term, sustainable programmes. Although the HCL Foundation officially came about in 2011, its humanitarian journey pre-dates its inception and HCL's business model has always been aligned with the interests of society at large.

Giving back through helping preserve the environment

HCL Foundation has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lucknow Nagar Nigam for mass afforestation and water conservation initiatives.

Lucknow Nagar Nigam has assigned 5 hectares of land which will be developed as a mini urban forest named Atal Uday Upvan. HCL Foundation will plant nearly 100,000 trees in phases and will be responsible for their maintenance for next 10 years.

The MoU is part of Harit - an environment conservation initiative under the HCL Uday program. Harit is a green space initiative with the overriding objective to combat climate change through ecosystem conservation and restoration.

HCL believes in 'giving back' and strengthening the socio-economic ecosystem of communities it operates in. HCL is housed in large metro cities as well as upcoming Tier 2 cities, in India and across the world. These places are often faced with challenges of rapid urbanisation and inability of communities to be able to cope up. In most places there is significant population living below poverty line, in undignified conditions with negligible access to basic services such as education, health, livelihoods and overall environmental upkeep. Currently, HCL Uday is reaching out to more than 11 cities in India.

HCL MoU signing ceremony

Making a difference

HCL will also support mass communication campaigns for a larger citizen’s action on water conservation, restoration of traditional water bodies and intensive afforestation to enhance native biodiversity.

Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation said, ''At HCL Foundation, we are committed to ecosystem conservation and restoration. This MoU signed with the Lucknow Nagar Nigam is a step forward in our endeavors towards a greener city. I would like to thank the Lucknow Nagar Nigam for believing in our objectives and giving us the opportunity to work with them to enhance urban green cover and native biodiversity and to restore water bodies in the city.''

HCL Foundation has been working towards combating desertification, deforestation, land degradation and native biodiversity loss for many years and has planted more than 46,000 native species saplings in India with more than 90 per cent survivability. It has also been working on lake rejuvenation and conservation.

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