Mr. Jamshyd Godrej and Mr. Nadir Godrej at the Waste Management Conclave organised at Godrej Office in Vikhroli, Mumbai
Good & Green is the sustainability strategy of the Godrej Group and was launched in 2011 to align business competitiveness and growth with social and environmental impact. At its root lies the idea that companies can help solve critical social issues while strengthening their competitive advantage.
With the commitment to create an inclusive and greener India, Godrej Group recently hosted its Third Annual Good & Green Conclave on Waste Management in Mumbai, India. The conclave brought eminent leaders and experts together to deliberate and share their views on sustainable waste management practices.
Mr. Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd and Mr. Nadir Godrej, Managing Director, Godrej Industries Ltd inaugurated the event with a welcome speech. It was followed by a series of panel discussions by industry experts on the changing needs of waste management. Decentralized waste management and waste to wealth remained the underlying focus of the Conclave.
Mr. Jamshyd Godrej emphasized on the need for environmental protection and said, “At Godrej, we have always been concerned towards maintaining the right balance between environment and industry. Our Good & Green vision helps us to focus on greener India, hence a part of our sustainability plan involves achieving zero waste. It has always been our endeavour to manage the waste produced by our business and recycle them.”
He further added, “It is important that Indian industry should focus on adopting a Green purchase policy and cleaner production technologies.”
Adding to this, Mr. Nadir Godrej said, “As a group, our vision is to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020. Towards our vision of building a greener India, we are now exploring ways to further this commitment through ‘shared value’ initiatives that create both social and business benefits. The third annual Good and Green conclave on Waste Management is an effort to contribute meaningfully to the communities that we are a part of.”
The conclave was attended by 250 people from stalwarts of the industry such as Vivek Agarwal, Chairman, ICWM, Anirban Ghosh, Vice President – Strategic Planning and New Business Development, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mukul Rastogi, Vice President, ITC, Chetan Zaveri, Vice President, IL&FS, Deeksha Vats, Sr.Vice President – Sustainability, Aditya Birla and also Ms. Bharati Chaturvedi, Founder Chintan, Ms. Jyoti Mhapsekar, President, Sree Mukti Sanghatana from the social sector.
It was highlighted in the conclave that urban India is the world’s third-largest garbage generator with more than 45 million tonnes, or three million trucks worth, of garbage remaining untreated and disposed improperly.
Concern was also shown towards the fact that only 68% of the garbage generated in the country is collected, of which only 28 per cent is treated by the municipal authorities.
Various initiatives such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the revised Solid Waste Management Rules are small steps towards achieving effective waste management. However, this could only happen when waste management & recycling activities are transformed into a National Movement by involving all stakeholders.