Who we are

Dilmah is governed by a set of core values which govern the principles of business today, as it did at the inception of the company, making it a truly ethical brand. The environment is central to Dilmah’s business, and Dilmah Conservation was established as an affirmation of this core commitment to environmental sustainability.

Since its inception in 2007, Dilmah Conservation has engaged in promoting sustainable environmental and social development initiatives geared towards four focal areas of sustainability, biodiversity, heritage and communications.

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Latest initiatives

Hydropower Plants

Sustainability

The construction of two hydropower plants at Dilmah’s tea estates in Craighead and Queensberry is nearing completion. This project was initiated as a part of Dilmah’s commitment towards achieving carbon neutrality. Upon completion, the hydroelectric power plants are expected to generate over 1 million units of electricity annually, thus contributing towards offsetting a considerable part of Dilmah’s carbon footprint. The project is expected to be completed in September 2018.

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Baby Dilmah

Biodiversity

Dilmah Conservation is actively involved in elephant conservation initiatives at the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawe National Park and is currently sponsoring the care of two elephant calves named ‘Baby Dilmah’ and ‘Ted’ (named after the New Zealand All Blacks rugby coach Sir Graham Henry KNZM). Baby Dilmah will be celebrating her first birthday on the 26th of September 2018. You can learn more about her story here

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Veddah Community Upliftment Programme

Heritage

Dilmah Conservation endeavoured on a unique initiative to preserve and foster Sri Lanka’s indigenous community known as the ‘Veddah’. The Veddahs are said to have descended from the island’s first inhabitants, and their lives and livelihoods are deeply rooted in living in harmony with nature.

They have specific methods of hunting, gathering and other traditions which are as unique as they are fascinating. These methods include their ways of setting traps for animals, various charms for wild animals including elephants, and methods of poison fishing herbs.

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MJF Centre East

Communications

Dilmah Conservation intervention in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka began in 2010 with the Greening Batticaloa initiative - aimed at distributing 1 million cashew trees in the region, the project is expected to generate an annual revenue of 1 billion LKR when the trees attain maturity. On 1st September, Dilmah Conservation will mark a new chapter in its operation in the province with the inauguration of the MJF Centre for Dignified Empowerment & Sustainable Development East. Established in a 23-acre site in Kalkudah, the initiative hopes to secure livelihood options and build climate resilience amongst the communities through the introduction of innovative and sustainable interventions in agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing practices.

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Worth Protecting - A Tribute to 150 years of the World’s Finest Tea

‘Worth Protecting’, a beautiful prelude to 150 years of the world’s finest tea, is a quintessential overview of the steps taken by Ceylon’s tea plantation sector towards preserving the biological richness of the island. Envisioned and amalgamated by Biodiversity Sri Lanka, a foresighted initiative towards environmentally conscious business practices by Dilmah Conservation in partnership with IUCN and Chamber of Commerce, this book adapts their conservation endeavours into a lengthy pictorial essay.

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