The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is a historic city, located at the bank of river Gomti. Also known as the city of Tehzeeb, Lucknow is famous for its unique culture. The people of Lucknow are known for their polite mannerisms and their love for poetry, literature, art and food. The city’s historic roots make it a popular tourist destination, with major attractions being Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, British Residency, Chattar Manzil, Hazratganj Market and many more.
This makes it very important to develop the infrastructure, safety and many other facilities in the city, in order to enable a pleasant stay for guests from across the globe. CSR has played a tremendous role in India in upgradation and development of infrastructure and safety measures across its territory. Let us look at top companies who have contributed in the development of Lucknow through CSR initiatives in 2022.
Reckitt’s ‘Diarrhoea Net Zero’
Reckitt, world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, under its flagship campaign Dettol Banega Swasth India launched ‘Diarrhoea Net Zero’ with support from the Government of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow in June this year. In the next 3 years, the program is expected to impact 10 million people across Uttar Pradesh addressing 26% of the burden of diarrhoea.
Dettol Banega Swasth India has been working with the Government of Uttar Pradesh since 2015 to improve knowledge, attitude and behaviour of children and community and ensure better hygiene and health outcomes. Reckitt claims that Dettol and its partners have reached over 10.8 million children with its ‘School Hygiene Education Programme’ leading to a reduction in diarrhoea cases in school children and a reduction of nearly 39% in school absenteeism due to health issues.
Reckitt’s various interventions across the state, include supporting villages to become Open Defecation Free, promoting hygiene and sanitation at India’s biggest religious gathering – Kumbh Mela, receiving multiple accolades and appreciation from the Government of India for its initiatives. With the launch of ‘Diarrhoea Net Zero’ programme in partnership with Uttar Pradesh government, Dettol Banega Swasth India will continue to bring positive change in the lives of children and reduce the prevalence of Diarrhoea in the state through a scalable and replicable model.
HCL Foundation’s MoU with Lucknow Development Authority for a greener Lucknow
HCL Foundation (HCLF), the CSR arm of HCL Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) in March, this year. The objective of the MoU is to increase green cover in order to improve habitat, enhance biodiversity, and restore the ecosystem. As part of HCL Technologies’ CSR Programme, afforestation will be done across a vast land along Sultanpur Road. This comes under the company’s flagship programme, HCL Harit, for the purpose of afforestation in Lucknow. The MoU is important for preservation of native species of plants and habitat improvement for birds, bees, and other animals.
Oxygen plant by Tech Mahindra in Lucknow
Tech Mahindra Foundation, The CSR arm of Tech Mahindra announced in July this year that they will be installing an oxygen plant at Vivekananda Polyclinic and Institute of Medical Science in Lucknow. This will be able to support up to 100 beds by increasing oxygen port capacity for the treatment of critically ill patients, they announced. This CSR activity is part of Tech Mahindra’s COVID-19 relief initiatives.