Voice of the Planet

Our Planet, a ground-breaking Netflix documentary series that reached 25 million homes around the world within the first month of its launch, beautifully showcased the wonder and variety of life on earth. With an important conservation message at its heart, the film revealed why biodiversity is so important to the health of the planet.

People around the world are lending their support and amplifying the movement to conserve biodiversity. In the sequel to the series - ‘Our Planet: Our Business’, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group joins scientists, NGOs and global businesses to represents India, and share the Group’s actions and insights to save the planet. The Mahindra Group believes that value addition in the future will depend on the conservation of natural resources through more effective manufacturing processes and the re-use of materials – essentially doing more with less.

Through the natural resource utilization strategy that is governed by the 3Cs - Conservation, Continuous improvement towards rejuvenation, and Comprehensive disclosures. A cohesive framework, well-structured processes, and focused interventions are the foundation of the Mahindra Group’s resource management approach.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “There is a sense of urgency in India, which I think is going to spur action and innovation. It’s about staying alive. I commit it on behalf of my 2,25,000 colleagues that by the year 2040 all Mahindra Group companies will be carbon neutral. I think in the future when we look back there will be two types of companies - companies that got it, and companies that didn’t get it. I know which segment I would like to belong to.”

In the last 50 years, there has been an exponential rise in the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. To continue reaping the benefits of our natural environment, businesses need to recognize the importance of natural resources and lead the change on an industrial scale, and at unparalleled speed.

Click here to see how we are in the driver’s seat determining the future of the planet.

Driving the Future of Mobility

Tech Mahindra has partnered with Mahindra Logistics (MLL) to deploy Mahindra E-Verito vehicles at the Tech Mahindra campus in Hyderabad as part of its employee transportation fleet.

C.P. Gurnani, MD and CEO, Tech Mahindra, said,“Sustainable mobility is the need of the hour. With environment and people at the core of our business, we at Tech Mahindra are committed to driving this shift to electric mobility. We are happy to partner with Mahindra Logistics to accomplish the collective vision of improved electric mobility that will help us shape a sustainable future. We look forward to adding more electric vehicles to our offices globally.”

With pollution rising, environment regulations becoming stricter, and governments across the globe announcing incentives and initiatives for Electric Vehicles (EVs), the future is fast moving towards electric vehicles.

Mahindra is a pioneer of EVs in India and is leading this change by working to drive the adoption of EVs particularly through fleets. With its Go-Green initiative, MLL aims to take the tally to 300 EVs, as part of its People Transportation Solutions business unit by 2020.

Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO - Mahindra Logistics, said, “Electric Vehicles, for us, exemplifies the Mahindra Group’s vision of the Future of Mobility - a sustainable automotive ecosystem that brings mobility solutions to customers across the world. One of MLL’s Purpose principles is ‘Sustaining the Environment’ and we deeply believe in the need to adopt environment-friendly solutions and also align our business practices accordingly. We are delighted to partner with Tech Mahindra to take this step towards a greener future.”

Mahindra Electric crossed the 10,000 units sales milestone in FY-19 and expects to double its EV sales in FY-20. With the largest portfolio of electric vehicles in India, Mahindra has moved from manufacturing electric vehicles to helping in creating the entire EV ecosystem. This will help accelerate the large scale adoption of electric vehicles on shared mobility platforms, and meet the nations vision for a smooth, connected and emission-free future.

Click here to hear Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, speak about the landscape of the Indian EV Industry and how one can look globally for inspiration.

Spreading Digital Literacy

Supporting inclusive development via widespread digital literacy, Mahindra World City (MWC) Jaipur Ltd. and the Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation recently inaugurated a Digital Literacy Centre in Laliya-Ka-Bas village in Jaipur.

Equipped with the latest infrastructure and training facilities, the center aims to eradicate the digital divide by empowering the inhabitants of Laliya-Ka-Bas with basic computer and internet skills training. From utility payments, banking transactions to exploring employment opportunities online, this initiative will introduce the villagers to the power of digital economy.

Sanjay Srivastava, Business Head, Mahindra World City, Jaipur & Director, ORIGINS, Ahmedabad, said, "Mahindra World City, Jaipur is delighted to contribute its share to the Digital India mission. Through the Digital Literacy Centre at Laliya-ka-bas village, we aim to enable positive and long-lasting community transformation towards a digitally connected future."

The Government of India launched the Digital India campaign in 2015 with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.

Centered on three key vision areas - infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, digital empowerment of the citizens, governance, and services on demand, the program has the potential to provide an incremental 20 - 30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025.

Hanuman Kharbas, Sarpanch of Laliya-ka-bas, said,“We are grateful to MWC Jaipur for setting up the Digital Literacy Centre. We recognize that digital literacy is a must in today’s day and age. The center will bring about positive change in our village and help our younger generation to grow and prosper."

The Digital India initiative covers many important projects like the National e-Governance Plan, National Knowledge Network, National Optical Fibre Network, digital cities, etc. which will help in digital inclusion in the country. However, the success of Digital India depends on the creation of an ecosystem in which every citizen is digitally empowered, and has access to key services electronically. The digital literacy program undertaken by MWC Jaipur is one important step in this direction.

Mahindra Adventure’s 7th Off-Roading Trophy Comes to a Thrilling Close

The 7th Season of Mahindra Adventure’s ‘Off-roading Trophy’ came to a close with Bopaiah Kongettira from Kodagu, Karnataka, winning the ‘Off-Roader of the Year’ title and a brand new Mahindra Thar 700 Limited Edition. Meanwhile, Vipin Varghese from Wayanad, Kerala, and Alan K Abraham from Ernakulam, Kerala, finished second and third respectively. In the ladies category, Sapna Gurukar was crowned the winner, winning the title two years in a row.

After ten grueling rounds across the country, the top 31 contenders had gathered in Igatpuri, at Mahindra’s off-road facility, to battle it out for top honors in the toughest, and the most rewarding off-roading event in the country. With a new format in place this year, each participant had the chance to prove their mettle for two days.

The first event of the day was ‘The Gopher Dam’ - a massive trench with steep inclines, huge puddles, and loose gravel all around with flags placed on the ground at odd places. The objective was to collect as many flags in as little time as possible. Adding fuel to the fire this obstacle was combined with a dreaded 35 feet plus climb.

As the day progressed, the difficulty level of the obstacles also amped up with the next set of obstacles - the Di 2.0 Challenge and the SUV Challenge 2.0. While Di 2.0 challenge made the going tougher with slushy climbs and deep pits, the SUV Challenge 2.0 was all about perfectly balancing the vehicle through big ruts while being smooth at the same time, to avoid unsettling the vehicle.

Right when the participants thought they have seen it all, the game was taken a notch higher on day 2. Every team tried different strategies and took different routes. Some used acceleration to get out of sticky situations, while others used finesse and technique. Both had varying degrees of success, with some not managing to finish in time and others making it look way easier than it was. The only thing that unanimously shone through, though, was how capable the Thar is, in all its avatars.

Click here to catch the highlights of the event.

Making Every Drop Count

One of India’s first major climate crisis is already at its doorstep, and it is in the shape of water. While the monsoon is beginning to spread and submerge parts of the country in the North East, 11 million residents of Chennai are reeling under a severe water crisis. Kerala flooded devastatingly in 2018, saw its wells run dry soon after. India’s water ecosystem is full of such contradictions.

For a country, that houses 16% of the world’s population, but only 4% of the world’s water resources, the need of the hour is to focus on the ground water that provides an invaluable buffer between the monsoons, ensure sustainable water usage, recharge aquifers, restore water bodies and reuse rainwater.

The most vital natural resource to human life as well as business operations, the Mahindra Group considers water as a risk as well as an opportunity. While the demand for water keeps growing due to the increasing scale and scope of businesses, Mahindra became water positive as early as F-2014 through its comprehensive 360° water management program - H2Infinity.

In an interview with CNN Newswire, Rajeev Dubey, Group President (HR & Corporate Services) & CEO (After-Market Sector), and Member of the Group Executive Board of M&M Ltd., said, “In the current year, the water that we harnessed was 12 times the water that we consumed, this multiple is only going to grow larger as we go ahead. We work with farmers including changing their farming practices, introducing seeds that require much less water, we have a company that does micro and drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting so on and so forth.

If we see our fresh water consumption, the water recycling that we did three years ago was 25% of the water consumed, today it is 35% and in three years from now, it will be 42%. In terms of groundwater, recharging was 1%, it has become 5% and will become 25% by 2020. This will benefit the entire community.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently created the Ministry of Jal Shakti (water power) to oversee water resource management and reiterated his election campaign promise to provide piped water to every rural home by 2024. Corporates, celebrities, policymakers, and the local community everyone is echoing the mission to conserve water and save India from going waterless.

About 100 million people across India are on the front lines of a nationwide water crisis with a total of 21 major cities poised to run out of groundwater next year. These statistics are a striking reminder of how climate change is rapidly morphing into a climate emergency, and it is imperative to join hands in addressing the looming water crisis.

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