Godrej, 120 years young

Our story began as part of India's Swadeshi movement -
the original 'Make in India' movement.

1897
Key to success
Ardeshir Godrej, after a few failed
ventures, sets up a lock company. For him,
the key to success turns out to be locks.
Worlds first vegetable oil soap
1918
World's first vegetable
oil soap
We launch Chavi, the first soap in the
world to be made without animal fat.
We score not only for Swadeshi, but
also ahimsa.
1922
Endorsed by our
freedom fighters
Our products are endorsed by stalwarts
like Annie Besant and Rabindranath
Tagore. 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."
1923
Furniture
After locks and soap, we foray into furniture with almirahs (steel cupboards). Over the years, it becomes a tradition of sorts to gift a Godrej almirah to newly weds.
1943
Pirojshanagar
The then Government of Bombay auctions
Vikhroli village to Pirojsha Godrej. Over the
next 50 years, Vikhroli transforms into a
green, industrial township that cares for its
people and the environment.
1944
Safest Safes
A devastating explosion at the Bombay
docks leaves terrible carnage in its wake.
Among the few things to survive the blast
are Godrej safes.
Ballot boxes for Indias first elections
1951
Ballot boxes for India's
first elections
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 22000 ballot
boxes per day! We would be at the plant
from quarter to seven onwards and rarely
left before midnight."
1952
Cinthol
Cinthol is launched on the Indian
Independence Day. Together with Godrej
No.1, Cinthol makes us the second largest
soap player in India.
1958
Refrigerators
In many parts of India, as the saying goes,
there are three seasons: hot, hotter, hottest.
We make a strong entry into the home
appliances market with our first
refrigerator.
1974
Hair Colour
Our first hair colour product, a liquid hair
dye, is a runaway success. We build on
this and introduce a series of innovative
hair care products through the years,
becoming a leading player in Asia, Africa
and Latin America.
1990
Properties
We establish Godrej Properties, which
brings the Group's philosophy of
innovation and excellence to the real
estate industry in India.
1991
Agri-business
Godrej Agrovet is incorporated.
A diversified, Research & Development
backed agri-business company, it is
dedicated to addressing India's key
agricultural crises.
1994
Mosquitos
We acquire Translektra. With market
leading brands such as Good Knight and
Hit, we continue to protect against
malaria and be the number one player in
the household insecticides category in
India and Indonesia.
1997
Godrej completes a
century
We celebrate our 100th birthday and
remind ourselves that we are only as
good as what we do next.
2005
Gourmet Retail
We foray into gourmet retail with the
launch of Godrej Nature’s Basket. India's
foremost retail destination for fine foods
from across the world, we have a growing
presence today with over 30
premium stores.
2008
India's mission to the
Moon
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
the mission.
2009
Planet Godrej: Sustainable
living in the heart of
Mumbai
Planet Godrej, a skyscraper in Mumbai's
Mahalaxmi, is a great example of
sustainable development. With 8 out of 9
acres dedicated to landscaped gardens, we
offer our clients the most difficult thing to
find in Mumbai - space.
2010
Vision 2020
Our ambitious goals for 2020 include
being one of the most trusted and
innovative Indian brands, fostering an
inspiring place to work, creating shared
value through Godrej Good & Green and
becoming 10 times our size in 10 years.
2010
Good & Green
We articulate our commitment towards
building a more inclusive and greener
India. By 2020, we aspire to create a more
employable Indian workforce, build a
greener India, and innovate for 'good'
and 'green' products.
Worlds first vegetable oil soap
2010
Indonesia
We enter the Indonesian market by
acquiring P.T. Megasari Makmur, a leading
home and personal player, now our
largest international business.
2010
Omnivore Partners
We become an anchor investor
in Omnivore Partners, a venture capital firm
that invests in early stage agricultural
technology start ups in India.
2011
Godrej India Culture Lab
The Godrej India Culture Lab is set up
as a fluid, experimental space that
cross-pollinates ideas and people to
explore what it means to be modern and
Indian.
2011
Africa
We significantly ramp up our presence in
Africa and step into 14 new countries by
acquiring the Darling Group, a leader in
hair extensions.
2013
Small solution to a big
problem
At just one rupee per card, the paper-based
Good Knight Fast Card drives penetration
for products that help prevent malaria.
2014
India's mission to Mars
We are proud to partner with the
Indian Space Research Organisation 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.
2015
Godrej One
Godrej Properties and Pelli Clarke Pelli
Architects create Godrej One, our new
global headquarters at Vikhroli in
Mumbai.
2015
Nadir Godrej Centre for
Animal R&D
One of the first private sector investments
in improving the efficiency of animal
agriculture in India, the Nadir Godrej Centre
for Animal R&D leads cutting-edge research
work.
Worlds first vegetable oil soap
2015
Sure Chill
Over half the world's vaccines get spoiled
due to lack of cooling. So, we collaborate
with Sure Chill, UK, to create a solution that
cools vaccines even during power outages.
2016
Our Mangroves clean
Mumbai's air
We are proud to own and care for the
largest privately managed belt of
Mangroves in Mumbai, since 1943.
Estimates suggest that our Mangroves
make the air in Vikhroli 30 to 40%
better than the rest of the city.
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