Monday, 25 August 2014

Naturals and Godrej Good n Green set up Beauty Training Academy

Naturals partners with Godrej Good & Green to set up beauty training academy to train 50,000 beauticians
Veena Kumaravel, C K Kumaraval of Naturals and D Dotivalla of Godrej

23 August, 2014: Naturals, India's No.1 hair and beauty salon, today announced their association with Godrej Good & Green with the aim to set up the largest beauty & salon training academy in the country. Through this collaboration, Naturals and Godrej Industries together will train 50,000 individuals, over the next 4 years. They will also set up satellite academies over the next 12 to 24 months, across India.

Keeping in mind their aligned objectives to generate skilled and trained professionals in the beauty and salon industry, Naturals looks to achieve its goal to provide 50,000 job opportunities by 2018Naturals endeavors to launch 3000 salons by 2018 while by 2020, the Godrej Good & Green plans to train 1 million youth in skills that will enhance their income earning potential. This new venture will act as a catalyst in the journey for both the organizations.

The association between Naturals and Godrej Industries began 1.5 years ago with the salon chain playing a critical role in placing graduates of Godrej’s beautician and hair care training program – SALONi. SALONi is one among the several employability training programs that fall under Godrej Good & Green, the Godrej Group’s strategic CSR and environmental sustainability platform. Till date, 17541 women and girls have been trained through SALONi beauty skills across the country.
 In the coming months Godrej SALONi will become the knowledge partner for Natural  Academy, in association with DB-Tech, where an estimated number of 4,000 girls will be trained and placed within the Naturals network of salons.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. C.K. Kumaravel, CEO & Co-Founder, Naturals said,When we entered into the salon industry back in 2000, the biggest challenge that we came across was the unavailability of trained beauty & hair professionals and unfortunately even today we see a gap. I believe that our partnership with Godrej will not only help us to achieve our goals but will also benefit the industry demand for professional talent”.

Mr. Kayomarz D Dotiwalla, Associate VP, Good & Green, Godrej Consumer Products Limited on this occasion added,Together with Naturals we hope to reach our goal to train and equip youth with skills that will enhance their income earning potential in the salon industry”.

Naturals, India's No.1 unisex hair and beauty salon is pioneer in the Indian beauty salon industry, growing to become India's most prominent chain of hair and beauty salons. With 395+ salons across the sub-continent and rapid expansion plans underway, the dream is to reach 3000 salons by the year 2018. Many of Naturals salons are run by women entrepreneurs to fuel the ambitions of women and help them achieve their dreams. Naturals has three key brands, each with customized designs built to cater to specific segments of customers namely Naturals Unisex Salons, Naturals Lounge and Naturals W. Naturals primary agenda is to deliver the best quality in a pampered environment at affordable prices.

At Godrej our sustainability strategy, Good & Green, is driven by the desire to help create a more inclusive and greener India. Launched in 2011 as one of our four key imperatives for 2020, Good & Green is based on shared value, a principle that aligns business competitiveness and growth with social and environmental impact. By 2020, we aspire to train 1 million youth in skills that will enhance their income earning potential, mitigate our environmental footprint, and innovate for products that are environmentally sustainable and/or address a need at the base of the pyramid while being affordable.Till date we have trained more than 60,000 youth across the country, working with over 20 partners across 300 locations.

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