Ardeshir Godrej, after a few failed
ventures, sets up a lock company.
For him, the key to success turns out
to be locks.
We launch Chavi, the first soap in the world
to be made without animal fat.
We score for Swadeshi and ahimsa.
Soon after, we launch another soap,
Godrej No.2. Why the name? To borrow
Ardeshir Godrej's explanation, "If people
find No.2 so good, they'll believe No.1 to
be even better!"
Ardeshir Godrej, an ardent nationalist,
donates 3 lakh rupees to the Tilak Swaraj
Fund, the largest single contribution
One of our most treasured moments:
Mahatma Gandhi, in a letter to a favour-seeking
competitor, says: “I hold my brother Godrej in
such high regard that if your enterprise is likely
to harm him in any way, I regret very much that I
cannot give you my blessings.”
Godrej No.1 is born into swadeshi fervour
and is fondly endorsed by many, including
Rabindranath Tagore, Annie Besant and
C. Rajagopalachari. Today, it is one of India's
biggest soap brands.
Public Provident Fund is introduced at Godrej,
14 years before the Government of India
The then Government of Bombay auctions
Vikhroli village to Pirojsha Godrej. Over the
years, Vikhroli transforms into a green,
industrial township that cares for its people
and the environment.
We go green way before it is cool to do so
and decide to let mangroves be mangroves.
You will find a dense cover of mangroves,
nearly 3x the size of New York's Central Park,
owned and cared for by us,
in the heart of our estate in Mumbai.
A devastating explosion at the Bombay
docks leaves terrible carnage in its wake.
Among the few things to survive the blast
are Godrej safes.
We were thrilled to make 1.7 million ballot boxes
for India's first steps as a democracy. K. R.
Thanewalla remembers, "I know that our best
was around 22,000 ballot boxes per day!
We would be at the plant from quarter to
seven onwards and rarely left before midnight."
Our first hair colour product, a liquid hair dye,
is a runaway success. We introduce a series of
innovative hair care products through the years,
becoming a leading player in Asia,
Africa and Latin America.
The Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Foundation
is founded. Today, approximately 23 per cent
of the promoter holding in the Group is
held in trusts that invest in the environment,
health and education.
Total Quality Management is formally
introduced at Godrej, grounding our
commitment to create amazing quality,
We acquire Translektra. With leading brands
such as Goodknight and HIT, we protect
against vector borne diseases and are
the number one player in household
insecticides in India and Indonesia.
We celebrate our 100th birthday
and remind ourselves that we are
only as good as what we do next.
We start our global journey with our first
acquisition outside India - Keyline Brands,
a personal care player in the UK. In 2018, we
divested our stake in the business, sharpening our
strategic focus on emerging markets.
India sends Chandrayaan–1, its first
unmanned mission to the moon, becoming
the fifth nation to do so. We are proud of
our engineering expertise that helps build
the launch vehicle and lunar orbiter for
We significantly ramp up our presence in
Africa and step into 14 new countries by
acquiring the Darling Group, a leader in
We introduce the Godrej Capability Factors
of ‘Leading Self’, ‘Leading Others’ and
‘Leading Business’, to define and measure
leadership capability at Godrej. All our
people processes are based on this.
Our next stop – Chile – where we acquire
Cosmetica Nacional, a leading hair colour
and colour cosmetics company, to grow
our presence in Latin America.
Passionate people make for passionate
Godrejites! Godrej LOUD (Live Out Ur
Dream), our radically different take on
recruitment, launches in India,
kickstarting the hunt for people with
powerful personal dreams. Now we host
it in Africa and Indonesia too.
Adi Godrej, Chairman of the Godrej Group,
is awarded the Padma Bhushan,
the third-highest civilian award in India,
for "distinguished service of a high order".
We are proud to partner with the Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO) on India's first
mission to Mars. Godrej Aerospace engines
power the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and
our precision components calculate the
satellite's trajectory to the millisecond.
We acquire USA-based Strength of Nature,
with a significant presence in Africa and the
Caribbean. It catapults us to becoming the
largest player globally in hair care for
women of African descent.
Creating our first investment platform
targeting residential real estate by
bringing together a group of
overseas institutional investors
We introduce The Godrej Way, our refreshed
purpose and values. It talks about why we
exist and how we add value together; how
we bring meaning to what we do, what will
guide our decisions.
We partner with the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights and launch an unprecedented set
of global corporate standards to support
the business community in tackling
discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi,
trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, at our
headquarters in Vikhroli, Mumbai
At the Black Box, our physical digital
command centre, we monitor live digital
activity across our brands, evaluate brand
conversations, respond to issues, and
gather consumer insights for new product
We launch a ‘Manifesto for Trans Inclusion
in the Indian Workplace’ to highlight the
circumstances of trans people in India,
and how corporate India can take action
to improve them.
The Light Box, an in-house photographic,
audio and film production studio, is set up to
create quick, high quality content for digital