Dalmia cement foundation
Dalmia cement foundation

Giving Back To The Society

Dalmia Bharat Foundation, popularly known as DBF, is a registered not-for-profit organisation set up under the Income Tax Act, 1961. It started in the year 2009, as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, along the lines of UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is committed to maintain the eight-decade long legacy of Dalmia Bharat Group through conscientious corporate citizenship. It functions in 18 districts across 12 states, covering vast regions in the South, North, East, North-east and some areas in the West as well.

Creating Opportunities, Achieving Potential

Creating Opportunities, Achieving Potential

CSR Vision

To create an opportunity for every stakeholder to reach their full potential.


To facilitate the stakeholders hasten their social, economic and environmental progress through effective management of human and natural capital.

As DBF is getting closer to achieving the goals related to MDGs, it has begun to calibrate the focus on issues which are more material, both to itself and the communities.

One such issue is water. Therefore, it is working both on water harvesting and water usage in neighbouring communities.

The other critical issue is energy conservation. Therefore, it is concentrating on this issue as well and a direct effect is the offsetting of communities’ carbon footprints.

DBF is also focusing on skill development and social growth while it continues to work on MDGs until it achieves the goals in a year or so.

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Climate Action – Water

Dalmia Bharat Foundation creates solutions for water conservation and usage in nearby communities.

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Climate Action – Energy

Dalmia Bharat Foundation provides renewable energy solutions to reduce the global carbon footprint.

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Dalmia Bharat Foundation equips individuals with vocational skills to enhance their income.

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Social Infrastructure

Dalmia Bharat Foundation promotes health, sanitation and education for village development.

Climate Action – Water


Harvesting and Conserving Water for Productive Use

Land and water support all life on earth. Communities depend on both to carry out daily activities, look after their homes, take care of cattle and livestock and irrigate their fields. Healthy landscapes and water systems are essential for livelihoods, wellbeing of future generations and environment to be secure. 


If 97% of the total water available on earth is in oceans and 2% is in glaciers, there is only about 1% of fresh water left for usage. It is, therefore, a challenge and necessity to conserve freshwater. 


It is true that many DBF programme locations face a challenge of maintaining the water table at 500 feet below the ground level due to unchecked withdrawal for agricultural purposes. Therefore, the foundation is working both on water harvesting and water usage in neighbouring communities. It is expanding its partnerships with institutions like NABARD to scale-up the programme at various locations and in new geographies. The programme also aims at checking fast soil erosion in its areas.

Climate Action Water



crore litres of water harvesting capacity created


crore litres of water harvested annually


water harvesting structures created


acres of land brought under micro-irrigation


percent increase in crop yield


percent average increase in income

Climate Action Energy

Climate Action – Energy


Ensuring Access to Clean Cooking and Solar Lighting

The challenge concerning energy is an industrial issue and also an issue for the rural population. Whether it is depleting fuelwood resources for cooking or erratic power supply at homes, access to clean energy is a struggle. Coupled with this are health and environmental challenges due to the smoke coming out of millions of wood-burning stoves. Moreover, energy conservation is equally important to mitigate climate changes and their consequences.

Burning fuel remains the principal energy source in rural and traditional sectors, and contributes to a third of India’s energy. Incomplete combustion is one of the main sources of indoor air pollution which is contributing to greenhouse gases.

The foundation addresses these challenges in a multi-pronged fashion. ... Promotion of non-conventional and renewable energy is one of the important pillars of its programme. It also promotes usage of solar home lighting equipment, solar lanterns, solar streetlights and fuel-efficient stoves. Dung based bio-gas plants are also being endorsed. All this has been done to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and help the nation become a low-carbon area. DBF’s energy conservation initiative is trying to address the need for energy sustainably through the use of renewable resources. Under this initiative, it is working closely with the local community to change mindsets and replace the traditional source of energy with clean energy.

Climate Action Energy



clean cooking villages


clean lighting villages


solar household lighting solution


solar streetlights


clean cooking solutions


tonnes of reduced CO2 emissions

Livelihood Skill Training


Transforming Households and Including Unemployed Youth Into Skilled Workforce for Enhanced Income

While everyone may be proud of the fact that India can soon become the youngest nation in the world with the largest workforce, a challenge of availability of skilled manpower still persists. 


96% of the workforce that enters the job market in China is skilled. However, only 5% of the workforce in India is skilled. Thus, the nation has set an ambitious target of training 500 million people by 2022 in varied skills.


Supporting the Government of India in this initiative, Dalmia Bharat Group aims to create more livelihood opportunities through skill development programmes. 


Through its foundation programme, it continues to equip people with a new set of skills or upgrades their skills, aiming to enhance their income. With a focus on skills in the construction sector, it also covers other segments, both in the farm and non-farm sectors.

Livelihood Skill Training



self help groups created (SHGS)


FPCS created with 2,598 shareholders


Diksha centres established with 1,127 trained workers


beneficiaries of skill training programmes available


INR of average income improved

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Social Infrastructure


Addressing Basic Health, Sanitation and Infrastructure Needs of the Communities

Health, sanitation, education, infrastructure development and other initiatives comprise the bulk of the company’s social development initiative. 


When working in a geography, DBF begins detailed preliminary research, participatory mapping and planning processes that involve local communities, institutions and administrative councils. It assists in identifying various desired and expressed needs of the community which forms the basis of these social development initiatives.

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villages covered


beneficiaries of health initiatives every year


school sanitation blocks created


open defecation free villages


students benefitted through Dalmia Happy School project


World On Wheels (WOW), a digitally equipped bus, imparted computer literacy skills to the youth

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