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Tata Steel, The Original Nation-Builder – Pioneering Indian Industry

It would be most appropriate to call Tata Steel as India’s pioneer or the original Nation-Builder. It was established as the first truly Indian enterprise and an organization that was built on the foundation of Nation-Building. When Sir Jamshedji Tata envisioned and set up Tata Steel, the idea of strengthening India’s industrial base through effective utilization of staff and materials was underpinning the enterprise. 

Tata Steel was established in India as Asia’s first integrated private steel company. With this, it also developed India’s first industrial city at Jamshedpur. It aspires to be the global steel industry benchmark for Value Creation and Corporate Citizenship.

As an organization Tata Steel aims to be an industry leader in the Safety, Health & Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility and while many a business enterprise want to be the best in many areas, but it is uncommon to see and organization that articulates its desire to be the leader in CSR. It shows its commitment to making an impact to society.

Since the company operates in the remote regions of Jharkhand and Odisha whose overall socio-economic development is not at par with other parts of the country, it has taken it upon itself to build townships with necessary facilities (utilities, healthcare, education and opportunities for earning a livelihood) with a view to provide a superior quality of life, equally benefitting the company employees and the local population. 

Tata Steel steers its CSR initiatives by tracking impact on the various Sustainable Development Goals if United Nations. Some of the key impact areas that it focuses on are health and survival of women and children before, during, and after childbirth; ensuring schooling of thousands of children and enabling access to high quality education, to prepare them for a successful future, through its school programme; empowering tribal communities with voice and agency to lead their development agenda, residing in an ecosystem that recognizes and appreciates tribal values and living, through Tribal Leadership Programme and conservation of 5 Tribal Languages of the region; facilitating enhancement of social, natural and cultural capital of local communities through their active participation and leadership though its development corridor projects for Village Development and Panchayat Development & rejuvenation of infrastructure of 100 anganwadi centres; Programmes enabling sustainable and significant betterment in the well-being of communities proximate to Tata Steel’s operating locations by way of comprehensive primary healthcare, sustained availability of safe drinking water, enhancing household incomes through agriculture, associated activities and skill-based training for employment and entrepreneurship, enabling basic school education for all children as well as supporting education through scholarships to meritorious students, improving nutritional levels of families as well as that of children in public schools, nurturing sporting talent among the youth and engendering community self-reliance by deepening grassroots governance mechanisms in villages, particularly focusing on women leaders. 

Over and above this Tata Steel has always ensured embedding a societal perspective in key business decisions.

In the last year it undertook a goal to resolve around 200 social issues within the proximate communities, by leveraging Employee Volunteering and it achieved 21,228 volunteering hours. Through its efforts Tata Steel also facilitates meaningful engagement of its business ecosystem’s key upstream and downstream partner organizations and their employees, to enhance effectiveness of their community development initiatives.

It also actively participated in addressing the critical need for medical grade liquid oxygen during COVID-19 crisis. 

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