India to become first Asian country to launch a Plastics Pact

India has become the first Asian country to develop a plastics pact, launching a ground-breaking new initiative to bring together leading businesses at a national level to make commitments for building a circular system for plastics. The India Plastics Pact (IPP) has launched as a collaboration between: WWF India the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The pact is supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and WRAP, and endorsed by the British High Commission in India. In Autumn 2020, UKRI committed £250,000 of funding to: enable WRAP to establish the…

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WaterAid launches urgent Covid-19 appeal to help health centres and vulnerable communities in India

As India faces a deadly second wave of Covid-19, international organisation WaterAid has launched an emergency appeal to bring vital water, toilet and hygiene facilities to health centres and vulnerable communities as well as urgent support to frontline sanitation workers to help protect lives. The country is seeing more than 400,000 new cases every day and, with the exodus of people from the cities, this horrific wave has now spread to parts of rural India, threatening to overburden local health centres with weak infrastructure that are unprepared for such a…

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Carlsberg Group announces innovative partnership to protect shared water resources in India

Carlsberg Group announces partnership with Desolenator to create clean drinking water for a town of 4,000 in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, India. Carlsberg Group announces partnership with Desolenator, the world’s first solar thermal sustainable water purification technology, to create clean drinking water for a town of 4,000, in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, India. The Sundarbans, West Bengal, has been hard hit by climate change and water scarcity. The situation has been compounded in 2020 by COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan, with water being trucked into some areas. The sustainable…

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The Walmart Foundation Announces Two New Grants to Help India’s Smallholder Farmers

Underscoring the importance of smallholder farmers to India’s pandemic recovery, the Walmart Foundation has announced two new grants as part of a commitment made in September 2018 to invest $25 million (approximately Rs. 180 crores) over five years in improving farmer livelihoods in India. The new funding, which totals $4.5 million, will allow nonprofits Tanager and PRADAN to further scale their efforts to help farmers earn more from improved output and fair market access. Both grantees will focus on increasing opportunities for women farmers via farmer producer organizations (FPOs). Sustainable…

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Walmart, Flipkart and Walmart Foundation Provide INR 460 Million of Support to India’s COVID-19 Fight

Walmart Inc., Flipkart and the Walmart Foundation are supporting India’s COVID-19 response with a combined effort that will contribute needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and financial support for organizations providing essential relief materials to farmers and small businesses. Walmart Inc. and Flipkart will spend INR 383 million to bring in-kind donations into India to help with the front-line response efforts. The companies will focus on providing PPE, such as N95 masks and medical gowns, for distribution by non-government organizations (NGOs) to public healthcare workers. Walmart and Flipkart…

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