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The Dempo Group of Companies pioneered industrialisation in Goa in 1961 after the State’s integration into India. The Dempo family, promoters of the Group’s businesses, has a three- century long history of trading behind it and as long a history of social responsibility. With the discovery of iron ore deposits in Goa in the 1940s, Dempo ventured into iron ore mining, processing and export, becoming in six decades, a creditable supplier to a number of steel mills in Japan and China. The Group also made forays into allied businesses such as shipbuilding, and pig iron manufacture, besides diversifying into calcined petroleum coke, the media business, breakfast foods, and the travel trade. In addition to its Goa mining operations, Dempo extended its reach upcountry- into South Maharashtra, in the course of its plans to expand its mining interests geographically. With the aim of entering the commodities business overseas, the Group took the strategic step of hiving off its Goa mining businesses in June 2009. The Dempo Group at present is exploring overseas prospects in mining upcountry and overseas, and is establishing a green-field venture into petroleum coke calcination in China, following the acquisition of a large functioning shipbuilding business up the western coast in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. The Dempo Group’s social responsibility in the seventy years or so since it began its industrialising endeavours has four main facets, the common thread between the four being an enduring relationship with Goa and Goans. These aspects are educational, sporting, corporate, and cultural. In the course of its pursuits it has set up a number of entities (a foundation and a trust among these), special purpose vehicles or schemes to establish, administer and deliver its philanthropic initiatives to communities across Goa.

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