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and Kanpur. The Group companies come under the purview of Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd and Godrej Industries Ltd. Four years after India gained Independence, Godrej was commissioned to make the ballot boxes for free India’s first elections; in 1955, it launched India’s first indigenously made typewriter, and followed that up by collaborating with the General Electric Co, USA to launch its first refrigerator in 1958. Five years later, Godrej manufactured India’s first forklift truck. In 1967, it entered the office equipment market with the group’s first overseas manufacturing unit in Malaysia. Over the next three and a half decades, the company opened several subsidiary divisions, further expanding its presence throughout the country with the launch of new product lines and forays into the packaged food, real estate and agricare sectors.

Inspired by the concept of sustainable philanthropy, the Godrej Memorial Hospital offers high quality healthcare services at an affordable cost. It works with the NGO ‘Smile Train’ to help children afflicted with cleft lips and palates. The Group supports The Heroes Project to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS, and the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR), Mumbai, particularly for the cure of leprosy.

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The Godrej Group currently exports to 60 countries and derives 40 percent of its revenues from overseas business. The Group plans to continue expanding its global presence. Adi Godrej, Chairman of the Group, says, “We plan to grow 10 times in the next 10 years. Our objective is to become a `1.6 lakh crore (US $31 billion approximately) enterprise by 2021.” As part of its corporate social responsibility, Godrej manages the Udayachal schools (pre-primary, primary and secondary) which focus on total personality development of children. The Group sponsors employees who volunteer to work with Teach for India, a nationwide movement that places outstanding young professionals to teach full-time in schools.

Awards • Godrej Nature’s Basket bagged the title of ‘Retailer of the Year’ in the Food & Grocery Category at the Retail Excellence Awards hosted by the Asia Retail Congress, 2012 • Brand Godrej was declared India’s 22nd ‘Most Trusted Brand’ by the Trust Research Advisory, 2010 • Godrej Refrigerators won the country’s first Urjavaran Empower India Awards for Energy Efficiency, 2010 • Five Godrej brands featured in Brand Equity’s ‘Most Trusted Brands Survey 2010’ - the highest for any Indian group • NDTV Profit awarded Godrej Consumer Products Ltd was awarded the NDTV Profit Business Leadership Award in the ‘Consumer Products’ category, 2010

Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group has played an important role in the development of a variety of industries by leading key organisations of trade and commerce. He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions for his contribution to Indian industry, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002.

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