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Details of the CSR activities of the 1-500 companies for the year 2007-2008

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Hindustan Unilever Ltd         

Sales (2007-2008) = Rs.14000 crores (rounded off)
Net profit after tax = Rs.2000 crores (rounded off)
CSR Budget: Not Available



Karmayog 2008 CSR Rating:  3/5


CSR activities:


Greening Barriers:


Water Conservation and Harvesting


(linked to product Pureit)

HUL's Water Conservation and Harvesting project has two major objectives:

a. to reduce water consumption in its own operations and regenerate sub-soil water tables at its own sites through the principles of 5R - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Renew;

b. help adjacent villages to implement appropriate models of watershed development.                     



SHAKTI - Changing Lives in Rural India


Shakti is HUL's rural initiative, which targets small villages with population of less than 2000 people or less. It seeks to empower underprivileged rural women by providing income-generating opportunities, health and hygiene education through the Shakti Vani programme, and creating access to relevant information through the iShakti community portal.


In general, rural women in India are underprivileged and need a sustainable source of income. NGOs, governmental bodies and other institutions have been working to improve the status of rural women. Shakti is a pioneering effort in creating livelihoods for rural women, organised in Self-Help Groups (SHGs), and improving living standards in rural India. Shakti provides critically needed additional income to these women and their families, by equipping and training them to become an extended arm of the company's operation.


Health & Hygiene Education


Lifebuoy Swastya Chetna (LBSC) is a rural health and hygiene initiative which was started in 2002. LBSC was initiated in media dark villages (in UP, MP, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Orissa) with the objective of spreading awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap.


The need for a program of this nature arose from the fact that diarrhoeal diseases are a major cause of death in the world today. It is estimated that diarrhoea claims the life of a child every 10 seconds and one third of these deaths are in India. According to a study done by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the simple practice of washing hands with soap and water can reduce diarrhoea by as much as 47%. However, ignorance of such basic hygiene practices leads to high mortality rates in rural India.

Economic Empowerment of Women


The Fair & Lovely Foundation is HUL's initiative which aims at economic empowerment of women across India. It aims to achieve this through providing information, resources, inputs and support in the areas of education, career and enterprise. It specifically targets women from low-income groups in rural as well as urban India. Fair & Lovely, as a brand, stands on the economic empowerment platform and the Foundation is an extension of this promise. The Foundation has renowned Indian women, from various walks of life, as its advisors. Among them are educationists, NGO activists, physicians. The Foundation is implementing its activities in association with state governments.



Special Education & Rehabilitation


Under the Happy Homes initiative, HUL supports special education and rehabilitation of children with challenges.


Asha Daan:

The initiative began in 1976, when HUL supported Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity to set up Asha Daan, a home in Mumbai for abandoned, challenged children, and the destitute.



In 1993, HUL's Doom Dooma Plantation Division set up Ankur, a centre for special education of challenged children. The centre takes care of children with challenges, aged between 5 and 15 years. Ankur provides educational, vocational and recreational activities to over 35 children with a range of challenges, including sight or hearing impairment, polio related disabilities, cerebral palsy and severe learning difficulties.



Encouraged by Ankur's success, Kappagam ("shelter"), the second centre for special education of challenged children, was set up in 1998 on HUL Plantations in South India. It has 17 children. The focus of Kappagam is the same as that of Ankur.



Yet another day care center, Anbagam ("shelter of love"), has been started in 2003 also in the South India Plantations. It takes care of 11 children. Besides medical care and meals, they too are being taught skills such that they can become self-reliant and elementary studies.



www.hul.co.in/investor/annual_report_2007.asp  Annual Report '07-'08 pg 21/ 25

HULís Global Compact Communication of Progress for 2008 (11 pages) is at http://www.hul.co.in/citizen_lever/Communication_of_progress_08.pdf

Full details at http://www.hul.co.in/citizen_lever/happy_homes.asp






Contact Information:

Hindustan Unilever Limited

Hindustan Unilever House

165/166, Backbay Reclamation

Mumbai - 400020


Phone      : 22-39830000

Fax          : 22-22871970 

E-mail      : Prasad.Pradhan@unilever.com  ,R.Ram@unilever.com

Website   : http://www.hul.co.in/


Industry Sector: Personal Care


Products / Services:

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is India's largest fast moving consumer goods company, with leadership in Home & Personal Care Products and Foods & Beverages

Other locations of factories / offices:

Daman, Daman and Diu


Kalwa, Maharashtra

Kandla, Gujarat

Nashik, Maharashtra

Pune, Maharashtra

Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Solan district, Himachal Pradesh

Basti district, Uttar Pradesh

Etah, Uttar Pradesh

Jalaun district, Uttar Pradesh

Haridwar, Uttranchal



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