We had the pleasure of interacting with Mr. Ashutosh Telang, Chief Human Resources Officer of Marico. In his 15 years in Marico, Mr. Ashutosh Telang has played an integral part in building strong organisational values. It was fascinating to learn about various platforms provided and initiatives taken to promote giving culture, challenges faced and the future of giving at Marico.
GiveIndia: What is your role and for how long have you been with Marico?
Mr.Telang: I am the Chief Human Resources Officer at Marico.
I joined Marico in 1999 and since then have held several leadership positions in the
Corporate HR, International Business HR and Organisational Development divisions.
I have been closely involved in leading Marico’s efforts in streamlining HR operations, reinforcing organisation values, setting a Talent Pipeline creation process, integrating acquisitions, apart from ongoing connect and communication with Marico members, through various cross-functional initiatives.
GiveIndia: What are the key initiatives taken up by Marico towards conserving the ecology and reducing carbon footprint?
Mr. Telang: Nurturing and sustainability of the community are key aspects of our purpose, Make a Difference. At Marico, we are always on the lookout to make a positive impact to the environment around us. Some of the recent initiatives that we have taken up towards conserving the ecology are:
o We have actively worked on reducing the plastic consumption in the packaging of the bottles of our flagship brand, Parachute. In fact, the Parachute bottles are about 7% lighter and its caps are 2% lighter than the other vendors. There is a reduced consumption of PVC. Less than 2% of total plastic consumed in now PVC.
o At Marico, we have also converted most of our steam generation boilers from fossil fuel to bio-mass based boilers. As of now 94% of our fuel requirement is through renewable fuels such as bio-mass briquettes or rice husk.
o We also strive to be zero water discharge manufacturing facilities wherein all treated effluent gets used within factory premises for gardening purpose. All our factories have water harvesting system installed in its premises.
o In addition to the above initiatives, we also encourage green behaviour amongst our members, through the Green Awards. The parameters for awarding members on their Green initiatives are the impact of the initiatives on the environment and its sustainability from a long term perspective. The awards are given to projects that have had a positive net effect on the environment and have reduced the usage of products that harm the environment.
GiveIndia: Till date, over 200 employees from Marico have signed up for the Payroll Giving programme, contributing over 21 lacs of funds. In fact, you match contributions as well. Do you think Payroll Giving makes for an easier way for employees to engage with the cause of giving?