Dholakia Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., was granted special accreditation to participate in the UN World Water Conference 2023, in recognition of its contributions to the environment and the promotion of sustainable practices.
With a focus on preserving the environment through charitable and conservation activities, the Dholakia Foundation has created 111 lakes in drought-prone regions in India, planted 2.5 million trees, and promoted the protection of Mother Earth. These achievements directly support several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG13 (climate action), SDG14 (life below water), and SDG15 (life on land).
In recognition of their shared commitment to water conservation, the Dholakia Foundation hosted a Gala Dinner outside the UNHQ in connection with the UN 2023 Water Conference.
At the event, the Dholakia Foundation honoured several leading organisations by dedicating lakes to each of them, such as De Beers Lake, Signet Inspire Love, Helzberg Lake, Watches & Jewellery Initiative 2030 Lake, and the UN 2023 Water Conference Lake.
During the event, the Foundation announced plans to create 75 new lakes, with the ground-breaking ceremony set to take place on March 26th, 2023, for the first five lakes. The event will be graced by the presence of the 14th President of India, Ram Nath Kovind; the Governor of Gujarat, Acharya Devvrat, and over 30 Padma Awardees.
Dholakia Foundation has also launched its HK Annual Sustainability Report 2022 and joined the Watches and Jewellery Initiatives 2030, taking a leadership role in the Second Pillar “Biodiversity and Water”.
A panel of distinguished industry executives gathered to discuss the importance of sustainability and water conservation in the industry. The panel was moderated by Leanne Kemp, CEO of Everledger, and included Virginia C. Drosos, CEO of Signet; Paul Rowley, Vice President of Sales, De Beers; Brad Hampton, CEO of Helzberg; Susan Jacques, CEO of GIA; and Ghanshyam Dholakia, MD of Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.
The industry executives discussed topics such as prioritising sustainable practices, collaborating with partners, and promoting sustainability in communities. Their insights provided valuable perspectives to promote a sustainable future, emphasising the role of individuals and businesses in promoting sustainable practices.