Dalmia Bharat Foundation, popularly known as DBF, is a registered not-for profit organization set up under the Income Tax Act, 1961. It is committed to carry forward the seven-decade long legacy of Dalmia Bharat Group through conscientious corporate citizenship. The Foundation started its journey in the year 2009, as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the company. The focus on our various programs was driven along the lines with UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We delivered and reached our goals under various outreach programs, with significant contributions, making each program people inclusive and holistic, in all respects for a better tomorrow.
As we get closer to achieving the goals related to MDGs set earlier, we have started to calibrate the focus on issues which are more material, both to the communities and to us. One such issue is Water. Therefore, we are working both on water harvesting and on water usage with the neighbouring communities. The other critical issue that is relevant to us and that’s critically needed in our programme villages is energy conservation. Therefore, we are concentrating on this issue as well and as a spin-off, are offsetting communities’ carbon foot-prints. We are also focusing on skill development and growing that extensively as the 3rd vertical of our program, as we continue to work on MDGs till we achieve the goals in a year or so.
The Dalmia Bharat Foundation, DBF, is a registered not-for profit organization set up under the Income Tax Act, 1961. The Foundation was set up in 2009 to expand the programmes and projects of the Dalmia Bharat Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) division. Dalmia Bharat Foundation, is an independent entity and is determined to be an aware and effective corporate citizen. We believe in the limitless potential of the human being and we focus on community driven, beneficiary centric development programmes. DBF is the natural evolution of corporate social partnership beyond CSR compliance. It is our conviction, that progress and sustainable development depend greatly on partnerships and shared values.
The geographical footprint of the Foundation covers vast regions in the South, North, East, North-east and some initiatives in the West as well. We are working in 14 districts across 10 states.
In the Southern region we work in 4 locations across 3 states, Ariyalur and Dalmiapuram in Tamil Nadu, Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh and Belgaum in Karnataka. In the North-East our programme locations are Lanka and Umrongso in Assam and Lumshnong in Meghalaya. In the North, we operate in 3 locations in Uttar Pradesh, Ramgarh, Jawaharpur and Nigohi. In the East, we have initiatives in 5 locations in 3 states, Rajgangpur, Lanjiberna and Cuttack in Odisha; Medinipur in West Bengal and Bokaro in Jharkhand. In the West, our nascent initiatives are present in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
The programme focus areas of the foundation have been selected with stakeholder engagement and need assessment studies of the community. The study highlighted the basic needs of water for domestic use, energy sources for cooking and lighting, livelihood opportunities and community development.
Accordingly the focus areas of the foundation are
- Soil and Water Conservation
- Energy conservation and Climate Change mitigation
- Livelihood Skill Training
- Social Development