Godrej, over 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.
2007
Revolutionary locks
We build India's first key with a chip, the Mechatronic Door Lock Key, and the Unique Dual Access Control Padlock, the first lock that comes with two keys. One for the owner and the other for a loved one. The padlock also empowers the owner to block or grant access to the second key.
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
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
Pioneering India’s clean energy landscape
We build the Calandria for a 700MW nuclear power reactor for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India within a record time of 30 months.
2013
Foray into air care
We made our independent foray into the air care category with Godrej aer, a premium innovation for cars and homes. A delightful and quirky brand, aer aims to bring alive consumer experiences to enhance their personal space, either at home or in the car.
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.
2014
The heart of ISRO’s GSLV Mark III success
We contribute to ISRO’s GSLV Mark III's successful maiden experimental flight. Supplying the L110 engines for the core first stage and thrust chamber for the CE20 Cryo engine to push India’s indigenous capabilities in heavy-satellite launches.
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
India Circus becomes part of the family
We acquire a 51% stake in Krsnaa Mehta’s India Circus to put 100% in redesigning India’s lifestyle.
2016
Goodknight personal repellents
We made a foray into outdoor and personal repellent category under our flagship brand, Goodknight. The range includes innovative formats that are easy to use, and protect against dengue and chikungunya mosquitoes outdoors.
Worlds first vegetable oil soap
2016
BBLUNT Salon Secret
BBLUNT, India's premier hair salon, today announced the launch of 'Salon Secret' – a new at-home hair colour range with a special shine formula called 'Shine Tonic'. The hair colour range, comprising 7 most salon-requested shades, was created keeping in mind Indian hair texture, skin tone and weather.
2016
Acquiring Strength of Nature
As a further step to scaling up our presence in Africa, we invest in Strength of Nature (SON), to serve the hair care needs of women of African descent. SON, a USA-based company with a significant presence in Africa and the Caribbean, is one of the fastest growing companies in the hair care category for women of African descent.
2017
Godrej Agrovet is publicly listed
Godrej Agrovet Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange
2017
Launch of 104 satellites in one attempt
We play an integral role in the PSLV 37 mission for ISRO’s world record launch of 104 satellites in a single attempt.
2017
A Bamboo-zling idea!
We collaborate with Craig Calfee, a US based designer, to build an eco-friendly bicycle made of bamboos. The Godrej Bambusa Bike.
2017
Scripting a new furniture story
We launch Script, India’s first minimalist lifestyle brand, to promote mindfulness and intentional living.
2018
Pioneering Zero-Carbon buildings
We partner with the World Green Building Council to accelerate the concept of Net Zero Carbon Buildings.
2019
Building the world’s tallest reactor
We deliver the world’s tallest Continuous Catalytic Regeneration reactor of 95 meters, for Nigeria’s Dangote Oil Refinery. It’s taller than the Qutub Minar.
2019
Sustainability begins at home
Plant 13A at Vikhroli becomes the first building in India to receive the IGBC Net-Zero Energy rating.
2019
Moving India’s businesses
We launch Godrej RenTRUST. A rental service for material handling of equipment for industries.
2019
Making locks smarter
We launch Advantis, a range of technologically advanced digital locks.
2019
To the Moon, again
We partner with ISRO for Chandrayaan II, India’s second lunar exploration mission. Making engines for the launcher, thrusters for the lunar orbiter and lander, and critical components for the DSN antenna.
2020
Securing the borders of India
We partner with the Ordnance Factory Chandrapur to conceptualize and develop the Pinaka rocket assembly line to enhance production with high-quality and advanced-safety features.
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