Training micro-entrepreneurs in beauty and wellness

Training micro-entrepreneurs in beauty and wellness

In 2016, the Godrej Salon-i programme reached out to women micro-entrepreneurs in the beauty and wellness sector across the country and set-up the Beauty-preneur platform. This initiative is aimed to incubate entrepreneurship in enterprising women by enabling them to start training other girls in their region in addition to their regular salon business. This effort is helping skilled women create opportunities in their own region and enabling them to expand their business.

 
GCPL awarded the Porter Prize 2016

GCPL awarded the Porter Prize 2016

We won the Porter Prize 2016 for Creating Shared Value impact. The award recognises the impact we have created by reconceiving products and markets, redefining value chain productivity, enabling community development and creating societal and economic progress.

 
Working closely with our communities

Working closely with our communities

As part of our community development initiatives, we work closely with our communities around our manufacturing plants. We always work in partnership with the local panchayat and the people of the village. This approach has helped us to distribute accountability and ensure the long-term impact of our projects. We have primarily invested in education, water, sanitation and skill building initiatives across 8 villages in and around our manufacturing facilities.

 
GCPL awarded the Golden Peacock

GCPL awarded the Golden Peacock

We won the Porter Prize 2016 for Creating Shared Value impact. The award recognises the impact we have created by reconceiving products and markets, redefining value chain productivity, enabling community development and creating societal and economic progress.

 

Good & Green

Our sustainability journey to build a more inclusive and greener world

As a Group, we have always actively championed social responsibility. 23 per cent of the shares of our Group's holding company, are held in a trust that invests back in initiatives that support environment, education and healthcare. Our Group's Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Godrej Good & Green, aims to create a more inclusive and greener India.


Sustainability at GCPL is guided by our Group's Good & Green goals We have a comprehensive CSR policy that outlines programmes and projects we undertake to create a positive impact on our stakeholders. We also have a CSR committee in place to review, monitor and provide strategic inputs on our sustainability efforts. Over the years, we have aligned our initiatives with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Government of India's social development programmes, and the needs of our local communities to deliver high-impact programmes.


Our initiatives are broadly classified under Good, our community CSR initiatives and Green, our sustainability initiatives at our manufacturing plants.

Enhancing Livelihoods

We address a critical need of enhancing livelihoods of young people from low-income communities. We collaborate with non-profit organisations to design and run skill training programmes in beauty and hair care, retail management and sales and distribution. We aim to improve the earning potential of our trainees by building their core domain skills, focusing on entrepreneurship and life skills education, and providing post-training support. As of June 2017, we have trained over 207,500 in India and Kenya in skills that will enhance their earning potential.

 

Our flagship programme, Godrej Salon-i, has trained over 97,000 young girls and women in beauty and hair care

Our Darling hair and beauty centers across Kenya have trained over 1,700 young women till date

Elimination of Vector Borne Endemic Diseases (EMBED)

We initiated the EMBED programme with the aim to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria and dengue in regions reporting high Annual Parasitic Index (API). In the first phase, we are working in Madhya Pradesh, a state with one of the highest malaria burdens in India. We have collaborated with non-profit organisations and the state government to run intensive behavior change programmes in 9 districts of Madhya Pradesh. We are working with the vulnerable and marginalised groups living in tribal, hilly, and hard-to reach areas. The programme currently addresses 36% of the malaria burden of the state.

 

A malaria and dengue prevention training in session with the local community

Training local ASHA health workers on malaria and dengue prevention

Community Waste Management

With solid waste management emerging as a serious challenge, we have extended our commitment to send zero waste to landfill beyond our manufacturing plants to include local communities.

  • Working with youth: In Mumbai, we are building compositing pits in 25 colleges to help covert organic waste into compost and recycle the dry waste.
  • Working with communities: In Hyderabad, with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, we are funding 10 Swachh Centers for better dry waste management and will also co-fund processing plants for wet waste and dry waste processing, with the ultimate goal of sending zero waste to landfill. At Guwahati, we have supported a social enterprise to setup a pyrolysis plant and are looking to convert plastic waste to fuel.

Together, we aim to process close to 10,000 tonnes of waste per annum in an environment friendly manner, which otherwise would end up in landfills.

 

One of our Swachh centers in Hyderabad where dry waste is segregated and processed and diverted from landfill

Sensitising students in Mumbai colleges about waste management systems

Integrated Watershed Management

Around the world, climate change is affecting weather patterns, leading to either intense precipitation or drought-like events. We are working in partnership with NABARD to help restore the ecological balance in drought-prone regions and mitigate the risk of climate change for small and marginal farmers. In the drought-prone region of Siddipet, Telengana, we are covering 3,300 hectares in an integrated watershed management project that aims to recharge groundwater levels. We are also working to support farmers in adopting sustainable farming practices, non-farm activities, and large scale afforestation drives thereby reducing the vulnerability of local farmers to climate change.

 

Meeting with the local panchayat and community members to set-up the watershed in Mandapur village, Siddepet, Telengana

Rural Electrification

To address the shortfall of energy supply, we are working to create renewable energy ecosystems in rural India. We provide decentralised, off-grid renewable energy systems through community level installations. We are installing these mini and micro-grids in 67 energy darks villages in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In addition, we are training local youth and building awareness on the potential of renewable energy.

 

One of the 460 households in Andhra Pradesh connected to the solar micro-grid and are now fully electrified

Local villagers are trained on installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of micro-grids

Community Development Initiatives

To better understand our stakeholders and implement high impact programmes, we carried out a detailed community needs assessment at our plant locations. As a result, we have streamlined our activities and we run a number of community development initiatives to address the immediate needs of the communities we operate in. We have primarily invested in education, water, sanitation and skill building initiatives across 8 villages in and around our manufacturing facilities.

 

At Singwari village near our Malanpur plant, we revived a defunct hand pump and constructed an overhead water storage tank that caters to the drinking water need of over 250 people of the village

In Rajkriya Government School in Solan near our Baddi plant, we constructed a badminton court and provided sports supplies to the school reaching out to
over 150 students

Environmental sustainability at our manufacturing plants

We are committed to making environmental sustainability a key part of our manufacturing processes. By reducing our energy needs and carbon emissions, and managing our waste and water usage, we are driving success both for our business and the planet. From sourcing of raw materials to the technologies we use, we are ensuring our overall manufacturing approach is more future ready. We are also looking for ways to extend our sustainability efforts beyond our plants to impact the entire life cycle of our products. We aim to move towards a regenerative design model where our raw materials are sourced responsibly, our manufacturing processes are environmentally efficient and our waste is recycled and reused in our production.

Progress of our manufacturing plants till June, 2017, compared to 2011 baseline:

Reduction in specific energy consumption 22%
Reduction in specific water consumption 11%
Reduction in specific greenhouse gas emissions 37%
Reduction in specific waste to landfill 93%
Increase in energy consumption from renewable sources 30%
 

At our Malanpur manufacturing plant we have implemented several energy-efficiency measures such as steam optimisation, installation of energy- efficient LED lighting, and optimisation of pumps and compressed air system among others

Sustainable sourcing initiatives

We work closely with our suppliers and the manufacturing team to explore and implement recycle and reuse programmes that are beneficial to the environment and create value addition to our stakeholders. We developed a Sustainable Procurement Policy in FY 2015-16, which extends beyond compliance to include internationally recognised standards and is applicable to all our suppliers. In the first phase, we have communicated our policy to nearly 100 suppliers and have conducted a baseline survey to monitor their sustainability performance. After baseline, we will audit the performance and request them to provide a corrective action report based on findings of the audit. Close to 50 per cent of our suppliers are local and we also source nearly 50 per cent of our materials locally, which helps us reduce emissions and our overall carbon footprint.

 

With our conscious local sourcing efforts, we have reduced the distance travelled by our incoming materials by more than 19,400 km