Innovating for Good & Green Products

Through our products and services, we strive to deliver the greatest possible customer benefit, together with the highest safety standards and maximum environmental and social impact.

The first of the three pillars of the Group’s sustainability vision of Good & Green is ‘Innovating for Good & Green’ products, the goal is to have a third of portfolio revenues comprising of good and/or green products and services.

Green Products are those that have minimal negative impact on the environment. These offerings range from energy efficient appliances, eco-friendly low VOC furniture, chrome-free locks, electric forklifts, green building services, intelligent flow control systems (IFCs), recycled concrete blocks, green certified AAC blocks, energy efficient motors to Green Building Consultancy services. Our Good Products on the other hand, address acritical social issue (e.g., health, sanitation, disease prevention) for consumers at the bottom of the income pyramid. A few notable examples include vaccine refrigerators and low-cost desks for rural schools.

The overarching focus for both Good and Green Products is customer health and safety.

In line with this vision, different businesses of G&B innovate and adopt better technological platforms to create products that not only reduce the amount of energy consumed during the production cycle, but significantly reduce the energy requirements during the lifetime use of the product.

chotuKool

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chotuKool is a portable, compact and customisable fridge that maintains the humidity and nutritional value of food with low power consumption. It meets the needs of small rural and semi urban families and can operate on 12V DC. It is easy to move, and operates at half the price of a normal refrigerator, which translates into consuming half a unit of electricity per day. Moreover, chotuKool has helped increase the income of self-help groups that work as the distribution network. We have also partnered with India Post to maximise our reach in rural areas.

Scholar

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Scholar is a simple yet functional two-seater desk / bench solution with a shelf. It is easy to assemble and maintain, making it an ideal offering for rural schools in India. Scholar is Greenguard Gold Certified as it is made using low emitting boards, glues and surface coating material. Scholar offers exceptional value and is also offered under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as well as various other government schemes.

Green Buildings

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Sustainable thinking forms the core of Godrej Properties Limited's (GPL) development proposition. The GPL Design Studio has dedicated environmental planners and sustainability experts who jointly consult with industry experts on every project. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has developed a rating system for the development lifecycle of buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. 100 per cent of our inventory launched in FY 2013-14 was pre-certified under this rating system.

Our comprehensive approach to sustainable development starts early on in the design phase through to construction, delivery and finally use of our buildings. Early climatic studies and utilising stimulation tools such as energy modelling help us evaluate site selection, plan sustainable communities and reduce energy and water consumption in buildings. This in turn helps with optimising operational resource footprint and potentially translates into energy bill savings for our customers. We also encourage the use of locally sourced construction material, which reduces carbon miles from transport and supports the growth of local industries.