Mumbai, 7 May, 2015: Godrej Group, shaping the future since 1897, today reiterated the commitment to making an impact on people, country and planet on the occasion of its 118th birth anniversary. Since 7th May 1897, Godrej has been instrumental in making lives brighter through a series of inventions that have combined pioneering science and engineering with a larger social purpose. Today 600 million Indians use some Godrej product. What started with just locks is today one of India’s most trusted and loved brands spanning Animal feeds to Aerospace. In 2015, Godrej is harnessing newer technologies and a world class design led approach to create matchless experiences for the discerning new age customers.
On this occasion, Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group said, “Godrej has had a tremendous journey since 1897. Our founder, Mr. Ardeshir Godrej, started the Group making locks. However, his primary intent, in the words of our current Prime Minister, was ‘Make in India’. Since then there have been a lot of innovative endeavours in the Group. The three innovations that I am most proud of are the making of one of the earliest soap in the world from vegetable oils, supplying to the Indian nuclear program and the cryogenic engine to the Indian space program which eventually propelled the recent Mars mission – Mangalyaan and the very recent innovation of Good Knight Fast Card which is an affordable (Rs. 1), easy to use, and popular, mosquito repellent which I think will help control Malaria and Dengue over the years to come. On the birthday of the Group, we dedicate ourselves to continuing this journey of innovation and manufacturing excellence.”
Tanya Dubash, Chief Brand Officer, Godrej Group said, “The Godrej Group is proud of the pioneering and innovative spirit that has shaped our journey and driven us to strive to be ever brighter in all that we do. On our 118th anniversary, we reiterate our promise of innovating relentlessly in every sphere that we operate, to re-enforce the trust placed in us and to make the lives of 600 million people that we touch even brighter.”
Nadir Godrej, Managing Director, Godrej Industries and Chairman, Godrej Agrovet said, “the Godrej family feels that everything we do should have a purpose, it should help the nation, it should help society at large as well as help to save the planet. We have often looked beyond financial objectives and looked at our business with a larger purpose. On this birthday of Godrej I wish the Group and its extended family much success in coming years in fulfilling its objectives.”
Navroze Godrej, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Godrej & Boyce said, “happy birthday Godrej Group and its family. We have great dreams and aspirations for you. Godrej has grown on a very long tradition of quality in everything we do whether it is in our businesses or its contribution back to our society. We cement that tradition today with our businesses and with the products that we make.”
Shireesh Joshi, Head, Strategic Marketing, Godrej Group, said, “We are celebrating 118 years of innovation across diverse verticals of consumer goods, durables, real estate, agriculture products, chemicals, aerospace, manufacturing and retail. We now have the next generation of products that redefine many of our categories like NXW refigerators, Good Knight Fast Card, I-sense biometric mortise lock just to name a few. Our inspiration and purpose emanates from the same source: the 600 million and growing family of Godrej consumers and their future aspirations.”
He further adds, “We believe that our credo of “brighter living” gets manifested in the best possible way when we attempt to shape the future of a new age India, just the way our founders started the trend way back in 1897. For example Godrej Natures Basket: the only World Gourmet chain in India, serves a growing segment of authentic international food lovers through its online, offline, and mobile interfaces.”
About Godrej Group
Established in 1897, the Godrej Group has its roots in India’s Swadeshi movement. Our founder, Ardeshir Godrej, lawyer-turned-serial entrepreneur failed with a few businesses, before he struck gold with the locks business that you know today. One of India’s most trusted brands, with revenues of USD 4.1 billion, Godrej enjoys the patronage of over 600 million Indians across our consumer goods, real estate, appliances, agri and many other businesses. You think of Godrej as such an integral part of India that you may be surprised to know that over 25 per cent of our business is done overseas.
We promise Godrejites a culture of tough love; take serious bets on them and differentiate basis performance. We also understand that our team members play multi-faceted roles and so, we strongly encourage them to explore their whole selves. Our canvas is growing. In fact, our Vision for 2020 is to be 10 times the size we were in 2010. We truly believe that while our amazing past distinguishes us, we are only as good as what we do next.