Thursday, September 16, 2010

Unilever / Rainwater Harvesting / Request for Proposals

Good morning/afternoon/evening all:

I just found this on a listserv this morning, from Unilever India. It is an 11 page Request for Proposals (see summary below) available through the FTP site they have established. If you have trouble downloading the RFP, email me and I will send it to you. We (particularly NGOs in India) need to get Unilever some great ideas.


Dear members,

United Nations reports that people need a minimum of 50 litres of water a day for drinking and other basic needs. In India, more than 50% of the population lives on less than 10 liters of water a day. Approximately 70% of the total water is consumed by the agriculture sector. India is an agri-economy, and as its population grows, there will be an increase in water consumption by the agriculture sector. These issues are likely to be exacerbated by climate change, making access to water an issue for farmers and society.

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is one of the leading private sector companies and is interested in water conservation to address water scarcity and its implications to agriculture. Efficiency in water management has been a key area of focus for HUL across entire value chain.

HUL believes that water scarcity is one of the biggest crises India is facing. Water management has been a focus area for HUL and has been made one of the key performance indicators for all HUL factories. In order to address this issue proactively HUL has been supporting watershed and water conservation projects since last few years. HUL is looking for partnership with developmental organizations having their technical skills, experience and field presence in HUL focus areas and support them to work for water conservation.

In this regard HUL is inviting proposals from organizations those with expertise and experience in water conservation and management. They should able to implement the project in large scale and open for the external monitoring and evaluation. Format for the proposal is attached with this request letter.

HUL has identified the following areas:

1. Rain Water Harvesting

2. development of water sheds, increasing catchment areas

3. Revival of natural water storage structures

Please contact the under-signed to submit a proposal. Further details are in available at:, Word, 300 Kb.


Manisha Gulabrao Patil
Corporate Responsibility

1 comment:

Rainwater tanks said...

Storing rainwater in water tanks seems to be a nice idea to fight against water shortage.