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ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL CONCERN
Your Company continues its efforts for the betterment of the environment and conservation of scarce natural resources.
Your Company continued “Rain water harvesting” initiatives undertaken during the previous year at its factory and in the staff quarters at Vikhroli. “Rain water harvesting” is a process by which rain water is collected and channelised into tanks for domestic consumption. So far 8500 Sq. Meter of roof area has been covered under the rain water harvesting initiative and 22 500 M3 of water has been collected at Vikhroli factory and staff quarters.
This process has resulted in saving water and consequently, the costs, thereof.
Recharging of two bore wells with rain water has also been undertaken, which resulted in improvement of yield and quality. Effluent Drainage System carrying effluent from chemical plants was upgraded. To prevent pollution to environment, efforts are made to convert waste from the factories into an environment friendly product and then dispose off the same safely. Your Company continued its arrangement with Trans Thane Creek Waste Management Association for the treatment of solid waste being generated at the Company’s factory at Vikhroli. More Areas of wasteland have been converted into garden using water from ETP. The process of bio composting has been enhanced with use of enzyme to reduce frequency of decomposition.
Vikhroli factory continues to convert the bio degradable waste into bio compost with the help of an NGO. The Vikhroli factory focused on waste elimination and also continued energy conservation measures.
Pg. 29, Annual Report
Policy to Prevent Sexual Harassment at the work place
The Company is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere in which employees can work together, without fear of sexual harassment, exploitation or intimidation. Every employee is made aware that the Company is strongly opposed to sexual harassment and that such behaviour is prohibited both by law and by the Godrej group. To redress complaints of sexual harassment, a Complaints Committee has been formed which is headed by Ms. T.A. Dubash, Executive Director & President (Marketing). Members of the Committee include, among others, a representative from an NGO familiar with the issue of sexual harassment.
Pass it Forward
25% of the shares of the Godrej Group’s holding company are held in a trust that invests back in the environment, healthcare and education. Which means business is not just about big bucks but keeping our land green, our folks happy and healthy, and our kids smart. In 1920, our founder Ardeshir Godrej gave a donation of 3 lakhs to the Tilak Swaraj Fund – then considered a princely sum - for liquor prohibition and upliftment of the downtrodden. His gesture of philanthropy grew into the Godrej corporate policy. Giving back turned into our way of saying thank you to the 400 million Indians who are Godrej loyalists.
Employees are urged to take preventive care to combat AIDS through posters, hand outs, street plays and talks.
Godrej Memorial Hospital
35,000 patients and 3,128 surgeries
Quality healthcare services at an affordable cost in a rational and ethical manner
100 free cleft surgeries in association with the Smile Train Project
Free well-equipped cardiac ambulances to attend to medical emergencies in a 10 km zone
Anti Retroviral Treatment Center in association with NACO starting soon for HIV patients
Pirojsha Godrej Foundation promotes a unique community development Programme called Svayam.
The search for suitable livelihood was driving the tribals of Jummapatti into city limits. Parallely, to meet the increasing household needs of the resident villagers, the depleting forest cover was also a cause of concern.
Svayam focussed on providing a sustainable livelihood for locals through entrepreneurial development balanced with a sense of environmental consciousness.
Pirojsha Godrej Scout & Guide Pavilion
The Scout Hut, in existence since 1923 was restored by the Pirojsha Godrej Foundation between 1983-85 and made available to organisations like WWF, Friends of Trees and BNHS.
In 1997, the area outside the hut was developed into the Godrej Centenary Garden – a haven for tired pedestrians.
Godrej continues to maintain the hut and garden.
CII-Godrej Tsunami Rehabilitation Project
Godrej & CII supported 150 families in the Tsunami stricken Pallayar (in Nagapattinam district) and Azhikal (in Kanyakumari district) by providing fishing equipment, boats, engines etc., funding a community health center and providing skill based training to 200 residents. A sum of over Rs. 56 L was handed over to CII.
Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (SPMEC) was formally inaugurated under the leadership of the late ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali.
This is the first privately managed mangrove area in India to formally adopt ISO14001 standards for Environment Management Systems.
The CII – Sohrabji Green Business Centre
Was conceived by Godrej and CII in partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Government.
The Green building is a symbol of Environmental sustainability.
Godrej takes lead to further the trend of such environment friendly buildings being constructed across the nation.
All our businesses have implemented Environment Management Systems and are ISO14001 certified.
Crematorium for animals
Shocked by the horrifying conditions of the dilapidated incinerator at Bombay Veterinary College, where Naval Godrej’s pet labrador was cremated, he sponsored the very first electric crematorium at the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for animals at Parel, the first non-polluting crematorium of its kind in Asia.
World Wide Fund (WWF) for animals
WWF-India began as a modest, wild-life conservation organisation. Over the years, the perspective has broadened to encompass conservation of habitats and ecosystems and to lend support to the management of the country’s protected area network.
Our commitment to global conservation is reflected in our continued association with WWF.
Green Business Centre: Spearheading the Green Revolution
The CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center was conceived by Godrej and the Confederation of Indian Industry in partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Government. The Green Business Centre is the first building in the world to receive the Platinum LEED award, making it one of the most environmentally advanced buildings in the world.
The Green Building is a symbol of Environmental Sustainability. For Environmental Sustainability, one has to adapt a holistic approach whilst constructing a building and also ensure that this approach is integrated in its subsequent operation. Also, of optimum importance is Safety during Construction and post Occupancy. A Green building and a conventional building would visually not look very different, but the difference really lies in the design, the construction and operational aspects.
A Green Building keeps Environmental concerns in focus in several areas – such as selection of site for the building, selection and usage of materials, architectural features, efficiencies in water and energy management (including energy efficiency of equipments in the building), indoor air quality and occupant thermal comfort.
The largest privately managed belt of Mangroves in Mumbai is supported by the Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Foundation. This is the first such mangrove area in India to formally adopt ISO14001 standards for Environment Management Systems. The vast tract of unique mangrove forests conserved and protected by Godrej in Vikhroli, demonstrates how industry and nature could well exist in harmony with each other. These Mangroves serve as the second lung of the city only after Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
The mangrove flora of Pirojshanagar is well diversified. There are 13 species of mangroves and mangrove associates. The faunal composition – with 206 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 13 species of crabs, 7 species of prawns and 20 species of fish identified so far in the area - is equally diverse. Mammals like jackals and mongoose have also been spotted many a times.
The Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (SPGMEC) was formally inaugurated and set up under the leadership of the late ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. SPGMEC is engaged in conservation of the marine diversity (mangrove ecosystem) through research, education/awareness building and regular monitoring. Simultaneously, the centre propagates various species of mangroves, developing theme parks on medicinal plants and rare endemic plant species, palms amongst others. Every year, around 10,000 visitors learn about bio-diversity in mangroves, its importance and threats for its survival through nature trails, slide shows, film shows, awareness campaigns, visits to Mangrove Interpretation Centre and articles in newsletters.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
We have been associated with India’s largest conservation NGO, WWF-India, starting with the late Mr. S. P. Godrej, who was its founder Trustee and President to Jamshyd Godrej who is currently the President of WWF-India and the Vice President of WWF-International. WWF-India began as a modest, wild-life conservation organisation. Over the years, the perspective has broadened to encompass conservation of habitats and ecosystems and to lend support to the management of the country’s protected area network. Our commitment to global conservation is reflected in our continued association with WWF.
The WWF-India Secretariat is housed at the Pirojsha Godrej National Conservation Center (PGNCC) in New Delhi. The PGNCC was inaugurated on November 3, 1989 by then President of India Mr. R. Venkatraman, in the presence of the President of WWF-International, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Nature has blessed our country so richly. Yet, instead of being trustees of Nature, we have degraded our land to lower depths than many less fortunate countries. We have been associated with TRAFFIC-India (Trade Record Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Commerce), a division of WWF-India, which is responsible for monitoring and studying legal and illegal trade in wildlife and its derivatives, thus contributing to the enforcement aspects of bio-diversity conservation. Our contributions to the cause received a boost, when the late Chairman, Mr. S. P. Godrej was conferred with the WWF 25th Anniversary Benefactor "White Pelican" Award.
Trees and Afforestation
It has been our endeavour to protect our forests and propagate greenery. The Godrej name has always associated with Trees. The late Mr. S. P. Godrej had been the Vice-President of the National Society of the Friends of Trees and Mrs. Pheroza Godrej is its current President. For the past many years a well-stocked Tree Bank is maintained at Pirojshanagar and saplings are generously distributed, free of cost to voluntary organisations engaged in afforestation work.
A ‘smile’ is perhaps one of the best gifts God has bestowed on us. It helps to forget worries, sorrows and shortcomings. Some of us are however less fortunate, to be deprived of this precious gift due to a birth defect commonly known as a Cleft Lip and Palate. Children with these defects are unable to suckle or chew properly. The deformity makes these otherwise normal children, objects of ridicule and superstition.
Millions of children in India and other developing countries are born with this handicap. The good news is that almost all can be helped by skillful plastic surgery.
Godrej Memorial Hospital (GMH) along with a US based NGO ‘Smile Train’ conducts a program, for helping these very children from poor families. The program consists of primary consultation and screening followed by expert plastic surgery. The operation lasts for any where between 45 min. to three hours depending on the extent and complexity of the defect. Several of the patients are offered follow up speech therapy and other support services. Children operated at a younger age seem to derive optimum benefit. Over 300 surgeries have been successfully conducted at GMH till date. GMH offers surgery and hospitalization to the patient and one attendant completely free of cost. Deserving cases are also reimbursed travel costs by the hospital.
Godrej is running the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM) on Jan 17, 2010 to support ALERT India and Vatsalya Trust
Godrej’s association with SCMM started in January 2009 with a team of 30 Godrejites running for the cause of leprosy, supporting ALERT India.
SCMM, one of India’s largest sporting events, started on 15th February 2004 and is held on the third Sunday of January every year.
ALERT India is engaged in the early detection of leprosy cases and provides the requisite treatment without segregation. It works towards spreading awareness about leprosy in the community so as to eliminate the fear and myths associated with the disease and propagate the scientific facts about it.
On 17th January 2010, Godrej will run to additionally support the cause of destitute children alongwith Vatsalya. Vatsalaya Trust is a charitable organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of destitute children, in addition to providing shelter and counseling to women in distress, shelter for senior citizens, organizing health awareness and other community development programmes, etc.
Table for Two
Godrej instituted the Indian chapter of ‘Table For Two’ initiative at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit in December 2008. This initiative is targeted at addressing hunger and malnutrition in the developing world by combining the organization’s tradition of serving society and involvement of individuals.
Godrej pledged to collect funds that would be utilized to provide school children mid-day meals. The fund was created in three ways. Firstly, a ‘healthy meal’ option was provided in the canteen menus to the employees. The savings from the reduced use of oil and sugar were diverted to the central pool of funds for the ‘Table For Two’ initiative. This means that each time an employee ordered a ‘healthy meal’, the savings contributed to this fund and provided Godrejites with an even healthier alternative for lunch. Secondly, Godrejites voluntarily contributed a fixed monthly amount to the fund. Thirdly, the contribution from the ‘healthy meals’ menu was matched by Godrej and effectively combined corporate and employee participation.
The initiative has been a great success within the first few months of its inception – with a sizeable fund that is geared to feeding close to 780 school children and providing for 1,56,000 meals annually.