Paani Foundation establishes training programme to make Maharasthra drought-free

Each year, drought afflicts thousands of villages in Maharashtra. In 2015, the situation was so grim that the government had to provide drinking water through the railways to several villages.

Photo Caption (From L-R): Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation; Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation and Dr. Avinash Pol, Project Director, Paani Foundation.

In early 2016, a not-for-profit company called Paani Foundation was set up by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao to work towards creating a drought-free Maharashtra. The Foundation is run by the core team members of the Satyamev Jayate TV show, according to a statement issued by the Foundation. The key difference in Paani Foundation’s approach is its belief that the only solution for the existing water crisis is a people’s movement. If people are convinced, motivated and trained, the Foundation believes that they themselves will have the power and ability to solve their water problems.

With this in mind, Paani Foundation has designed a training programme to teachpeople the science of watershed management and to develop their leadership skills. To bring people together and encourage them to apply their learnings from the training, the Foundation also organises the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup competition annually. The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is essentially a competition between villages to see which village can do the maximum water conservation work in the period of the competition. Every village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate.

In 2016, the 3 talukas of Ambajogai, Koregaon and Warudwere chosen to participate in the competition.116 villages from these talukas took part, and through mass voluntary work or Shramdan done in the searing heat of April and May, an annual water storage capacity of 1,368 crore litres of water was created in just 45 days. Velu village from Koregaon taluka in Satara district received the first prize of Rs. 50 lakhs from the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Devendra Fadnavis at a grand awards ceremony held in Mumbai last year. A documentary film titled ‘The Battle against Drought’ chronicles the journey of Water Cup 2016 and was released at the awards ceremony. The information of the journey of Paani foundation & Satyamev Jayate Water Cup was shared by Mr. Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation at a press conference held in Pune. Dr. Avinash Pol, Project Director, Paani Foundation and Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation were also present on the occasion.

The success of the pilot edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2016 encouraged the Paani Foundation team to scale up its efforts from 3 to 30 talukas in 2017. Over 1,300 villages took part in the competition this year and between 8th April and 22nd May lakh of villagers came together to do outstanding water conservation work. To pay tribute to these Water Heroes and honour the winners, Paani Foundation will present the Satyamev Jayate

Water Cup 2017 Awards on Sunday, 6thAugust at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi, Pune.

The Chief Guest for the event is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Aamir Khan, the co-founder of Paani Foundation and several leading lights from the field of business and arts will be present to salute these villagers.The top three villages will get a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 30 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh. Please do join us as we celebrate the villagers’ achievements, and be a part of this journey to make our state water-abundant.

List of 30 Talukas from 13 Districts where Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 was organised:

· Ambajogai, Kaij and Dharur talukas in Beed district

· Bhoom, Paranda and Kalamb talukas in Osmanabad district

· Ausa and Nilanga talukas in Latur district

· Phulambri and Khultabad talukas in Aurangabad district

· Koregaon, Man and Khatav talukas in Satara district

· Khanapur, Atpadi and Jath talukas in Sangli district

· Purandar and Indapur talukas in Pune district

· Sangola and Uttar Solapur talukas in Solapur district

· Barshitakli, Patur and Akot talukas in Akola district

· Ralegaon, Kalamb and Umarkhed talukas in Yavatmal district

· Warud and Dharni talukas in Amravati district

· Karanjataluka in Washim district

· Arvitaluka in Wardha district


Grohe AG bags CSR Award of German Government 2017

Grohe AG, the global major of sanitary fittings, received the CSR Award of the German Federal Government 2017 in the “companies with 1000+ employees” category recently, according to a company statement.


The decision by the eleven expert judges expressly lauded the role taken by GROHE’s management team who have made sustainability a top management issue, acting as role models and trailblazers both for their own workforce and for other companies. Other nominees in this category included Unilever Deutschland GmbH, Flughafen München GmbH, Ford-Werke GmbH and FRoSTA AG. The award was presented by Professor Josef Wieland, juror and expert in business ethics at Zeppelin Universität in Friedrichshafen.

Michael Rauterkus, CEO, Grohe AG, when receiving the award at the event in Berlin’s Humboldt Carré, said: “Sustainability is our passion and remains deeply rooted in our DNA. We are delighted to see the world around us acknowledge our enthusiasm for, and commitment to, corporate social responsibility (CSR). Our 360-degree approach to sustainability embraces our employees, suppliers, factories, processes and our contribution to society in equal measure. Seeing our policies being accepted as a standard of reference for our industry and inspiring others as well, we feel vindicated and honoured at the same time.”,” .

Products for a sustainable future – Championship ‘Made in Germany’

The sustainability strategy pursued by this global company is primarily reflected in its products. One example is the GROHE Blue Home water system, which transforms tap water into a filtered, chilled and great tasting – and even bubbly – refreshment. This system obviates the need for bottled mineral water and the associated processing, bottling and transport activities. According to a study conducted at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, GROHE Blue Home contributes approximately 60 percent less to a household’s carbon footprint compared to conventional bottled water.


Management Board member Thomas Fuhr pointed out: “Our understanding of quality and our advances in terms of sustainability are very much driven by our commitment to manufacturing in Germany. In order to secure our company’s competitiveness going forward, we continue to invest heavily in our German locations, which set the standards for our international factories. As of 2011, we have launched regularly our GROHE Sustainability Trophy as an internal competition between our manufacturing sites. This trophy acknowledges our employees’ efforts and incentivises them to continue working on their ideas and solutions for even more sustainable production processes and even more resource efficient manufacturing of a given product.”

Beyond day-to-day business

GROHE’s belief in corporate citizenship is encapsulated in GROHE Dual Tech, a programme jointly undertaken with Don Bosco Mondo e.V. The two partners have teamed up to offer professional training for disadvantaged youths in emerging economies. Three training workshops in India and the Philippines assist young people in improving their life chances by learning a trade in the sanitary sector. This makes them eligible for employment in an industry with great promise and will even enable some of them to set up their own businesses in the future.

Moving forward with clearly defined sustainability targets

GROHE has set itself the target of raising energy efficiency by 20% and shrinking its carbon footprint by 20% by the year 2020. Among other things, this will be achieved by two new cogeneration plants commissioned in Hemer and Lahr and by converting lighting equipment to LED operation. Another milestone on this journey was marked in December when the company’s energy management system was certified to ISO 50001; it will be instrumental in improving the overall energy efficiency on a sustained basis. Moreover, the company has committed itself to becoming the global sanitary industry’s sustainability leader by 2020. GROHE’s stance and actions on sustainability are laid out in greater detail in the company’s sustainability brochure. Titled “WATER ENJOYMENT – A CLEAN CONSCIENCE WITH EVERY DROP”, it can be downloaded from

GROHE India Pvt. Ltd. (GIPL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GROHE AG. With a decade of its presence in the Indian market, it has acquired a dominant position in the market as one of the largest selling international brands. GROHE recently launched its state-of- the-art ‘GROHELive! Centre’ in Bengaluru. The centre offers a great opportunity for people to come and experience the world of GROHE. Besides featuring the entire range of GROHE products, the Live! Centre also showcases the GROHE elements.

GROHE India also recently announced the launch of its second GROHE Dual Tech in India, in New Delhi in association with Don Bosco Learning Center. The two centres in Mumbai and New Delhi train young people from economically challenged backgrounds, imparting them high-quality training programme in certified plumbing. The programme addresses the dual need of the industry – on one hand it supports the youth with skill development, while on the other, fill the skilled-labour supply gap.

GROHE is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings. Since many decades, the global brand GROHE relies on the brand values of quality, technology, design and sustainability, to deliver “Pure Freude an Wasser”. GROHE is part of the LIXIL Group Corporation and benefits from the active knowledge transfer within the group and the opportunity to open up new product segments and develop innovations faster and more efficiently. LIXIL is the global market leader in the sanitary ware industry as well as Japan’s leading provider of housing and building materials, products and services.

SKF India, NAAM Foundation support drought affected farmers in Maharasthra

SKF India employees have joined hands with NAAM foundation to help drought affected farmers’ in Maharashtra. In a gesture of helping hand for community the employees decided to contribute the dividend income from their employees’ cooperative account for the cause. This amount was equally matched by the company raising a sum of Rs.7.75 lakh, according to a statement issued by SKF India.


Shrikant Savangikar (extreme right) handing over the cheque to Nana Patekar along with SKF India Credit Society members at Pune

Water conservation philosophy

The recent scarcity of water across the state of Maharashtra has had a devastating effect in the rural areas, especially the farmers’ community. This initiative by SKF of helping the farmers from the drought affected areas is in line with SKF India’s priority and philosophy of water conservation.

The cheque was handed over to veteran bollywood actor and Co-Founder of NAAM Foundation Nana Patekar, by Shrikant Savangikar, Director of Sustainability, Quality and Business Excellence, SKF India along with SKF employees’ credit society chairman Govind Shevate, Dyanoba Deokar, Secretary of the credit society and Sikander Ghodke, member of credit society among other SKF employees and members, the statement said.

Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Head, SKF India, said: “SKF believes that an opportunity exists at every stage in operational value chain to reduce the environmental impact. Doing more with less preserves the environment and precious resources for future generations. SKF has embarked on an ambitious program three years ago to make all its facilities water neutral by 2018. Our employees represent the true face of our organization and this initiative represents our philosophy of making a meaningful difference to the community we live in.

Shrikant Savangikar, Director of Sustainability, Quality and Business Excellence, SKF India added: “Deficient monsoons for two consecutive years have now affected a large number of farmers and the alarming conditions are driving them towards life threatening situations. NAAM foundation has done encouraging work under the aegis of known names and we are happy to be able to make a contribution to make a meaningful difference.”

Indo-Nippon Golf Cup 2015 held in Delhi

A perfect evening was hosted in association with Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (JCCII) and ASSOCHAM by founder and president, Indo-Nippon Golf Cup 2015, Rahul Sharma to celebrate the announcement of the 10th edition of Indo-Nippon Golf Cup 2015.


Rahul Sharma (Extreme Right) and Vijay Jolly, BJP leader (Centre) with patrons of Indo-Nippon Golf Cup 2015.

India and Japan, with a focus on skill development, Japanese investment in the development of smart Communities and Technologies in Water, Solid Waste Management and Urban Transportation in India.

The chief patrons for the event included Arjun Asrani, Former Ambassador India to Japan; Toshihisa Fuse, President, Japan Chamber of commerce and industry in India; Aftab Seth, Former Ambassador, India to Japan; Tatsuyo Nishimoto, Secretary General Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India; Neelam Pratap Rudy Philanthropist and Golfer and spouse of BJP leader Pratap Rudy.

The event was sponsored by SANSUI, and was managed by GOLFLAN. The Tee-off is on the March 15 at the Golden Greens Golf resort, Gurgaon.

Cozi Cars take the service to the doorsteps of car owners in Delhi

Taking your car to the service station will become a thing of the past. In what could be termed as a novel attempt, Cozi Cars, a mobile car detailing initiative by Liv India Group has now embarked on a new concept of taking the service to the doorsteps of every car owners in Delhi, who wishes to get their cars professionally clenaed and detailed anytime, anywhere.

Cozi Cars

Now there is no more waiting at the service stations for your car to be given to you. Your car will always be serviced at your convenient time and place, be it your home or office. Cozi Cars provides cleaning of cars inside out, using specialised tools and eco-friendly cleaning agents for removal of dust, dirt and grime. Depending on the internal and external cleaning, they use a number of specially designed spray injection/ extraction techniques, high pressure washer, paint correction and protection with superior quality paint sealants, paint restoration and more, making them a unique professional detailer.

Speaking about the efficacy of service, Jasmeet Singh, Vice President, Liv India Group said: “We make use of as little as only four bottles of water to clean the cars by using steam cleaning options thereby trying to help in water conservation. Cozi Cars is an exclusive chain of mobile car detailing services and distributors of Cozi Car products in India, and we are targeting Asia-Pacific in a couple of years.”

Besides transforming the car into a refreshing appearance, the best part of getting the car serviced by Cozi Cars is that unlike other service centres, this mobile car detailing unit serves the bill to the customer in advance, before the car undergoes the service, without any hidden charges. Therefore, the customers of Cozi Cars are free of anxiety.

Ratan Tata introduces XPRIZE to India

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivised prize competition, announced a formal expansion into India today at an event in Mumbai attended by some of India’s most influential business leaders including Ratan Tata, Adi Godrej and Sajjan Jindal, acording to a media statement.

Ratan Tata
XPRIZE announced plans to launch multiple prizes in India over the next few years in the areas of water, energy, waste management, and food and nutrution, with an anticipated first prize addressing water sustainability, to launch in 2015 with the support of Coca-Cola India.
Guests at the event participated in an XPRIZE ‘Visioneering’ process, where corporate leaders, philanthropists, heads of innovation and XPRIZE Trustees worked together in an unique series of brainstorming sessions to identify which of India’s Grand Challenges can best be solved through incentivized prize competitions.

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus, Tata Sons and trustee at XPRIZE, along with Naveen Jain, founder and CEO of Inome, and Paresh Ghelani, chairman, BPG Motors have been great supporters of XPRIZE and active in bringing XPRIZE to India. Tata said: “We are bringing XPRIZE to India with the belief that the next big innovations to solve some of the world’s Grand Challenges will come from India, directly impacting millions of people at the base of the pyramid. Through XPRIZE, we want to tap into this promise of potential and possibility.”
Zenia Tata, programme director, global expansion, XPRIZE pointed out: “We chose India as the first geographic location outside of the U.S. to launch our global development prizes because we believe India has a technological and entrepreneurial capacity like no other country in the world. India is also going to provide XPRIZE the platform to meet Grand Challenges on a global scale and we are very excited about the impact we believe we are going to create.”
“Coca-Cola India is pleased to support the first XPRIZE in India in the area of water, reflecting Coca-Cola’s overarching commitment to water sustainability,” Venkatesh Kini, president of Coca-Cola India and South W`st Asia said and added: “We are excited about this partnership and through it we hope to bring forth innovative solutions to the pressing issue of water sustainability to positively impact millions of lives in India and across the globe.”

Tata, Jain and Ghelani are among a list of XPRIZE Trustees that includes Elon Musk, Larry Page, James Cameron, Arianna Huffington, Ali Velshi, Wendy Schmidt, Ray Kurzweil, and Anousheh Ansari. Deloitte is the knowledge partner for XPRIZE in India. For more information, visit

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organisation solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

Sanjay Ghodawat Group to set up Rs.150 million packaged drinking water plant

Sanjay Ghodawat Group, the Kolhapur, Maharashtra-based business house involved in diversified businesses such as consumer products, floriculture, energy, textiles, real estate, chemicals and education is foraying into the packaged drinking water segment, a company statement said.
Star-Gold-WaterThe company is investing Rs.150 million in setting up the state of the art packaged drinking water manufacturing plant. The group will launch its own water brand and distribute pan India to take on the might of establised players in the crowded Rs.11,500 crore packaged drinking water segment.
Besides that the Sanjay Ghodawat Group is also contemplating on introducing its own snack brand soon. The company is aiming at launching the water business in the next three months. In the first phase, it will distribute its own branded packaged drinking water across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.
Shrenik-GhodawatShrenik Ghodawat, Director, Sanjay Ghodawat Group said: “Our Group has always been focused on providing world-class products at an affordable price to all our consumers. To continue the legacy, we are proud to introduce “Star555Gold” Packaged drinking water, which is with patented technology of Drinking Water with Nano Gold particles”.
The Group will continue to invest aggressively into product innovation in order to differentiate itself in the already cluttered and crowded market. Sanjay Ghodawat Group will mainly focus on providing the consumer with a viable option in the water segment that will be easy on the pocket, at the same time healthy.