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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Cave Biodiversity

Cave Biodiversity

Rock shelters, tunnels and perpetually dark caves occur in large numbers in Sri Lanka. Their importance to food security, public health and sustainable economies has largely gone unnoticed and unexplored by scientists, researchers and naturalists.

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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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One Earth Nature Club

Communications

Dilmah Conservation initiated nature club for the youth of Sri Lanka with a view to increase interest in nature and conservation activities and foster the next generation of environmentalists.

Recent years have demonstrated a growing disparity between man and nature, especially among younger generations. A vast majority of today’s adolescence spend their time indoors, using computers, watching TV or playing video games. Exacerbating this issue, is the ceaseless “rat race” which heightens the pressure to achieve financial and academic success and reach top positions in society. Thus nature and environment loses priority and is driven to the back of everyone’s mind.

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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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