Community participation and Public-Private Partnership are the mantras for the HCL-Harit program
HCL Foundation officially launched HCL Harit – The Green CSR Initiative as a distinct flagship program in June 2021 for Environmental Action. HCL Harit aims to engage with NGOs and governments and promote eco-friendly practices and Ecosystem Restoration. The vision is “to conserve, restore and enhance indigenous environmental systems and respond to climate change in a sustainable manner through community engagement”
HCL Harit follows ‘Participatory and Convergent Approaches’ and the program works on enhancing green cover, conserving native biodiversity, rejuvenation of water bodies, improving coastal and marine habitats and creating environmental awareness. The idea is to align the program with National Indicator Framework and Sustainable Development Goals. The Harit program is being implemented in 9 states of the country.
The engagement has already begun using the participatory approach in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha and West Bengal. The public-private partnership will strengthen accountability and involve district administration. Apart from this, through the HCL Foundation’s Grant, various NGOs working in the spheres of environment, waste management, environmental education, sustainable solutions, etc. have become a part of the HCL Harit program.