TV Narendran, MD, Tata Steel India & SEA & Chairman, Tata Network Forum India East
Tata Steel, today, announced the winners of its pioneering initiative, 'Women of Mettle' Scholarship programme, aimed at encouraging gender diversity in the manufacturing sector. In keeping with its commitment to the young generation, Tata Steel announced the scholarship programme, ‘Women of Mettle’ in January 2017. The programme aims to identify, groom and encourage female engineering talent for a sector that historically has imbalanced gender representation. Female students in their second year of engineering from select 45+ engineering institutes across India were invited to be a part of this initiative. Through a rigorous multi-phase process, a total of 30 candidates were selected for the 2-day finale, which witnessed an amazing showcase of talent, hard work and competitiveness. Top 11 candidates emerged as the winners of the 2017 edition. The winners are eligible for a scholarship amount of Rs.2 lakh (Rs.1 lakh in the 3rd and 4th year respectively), internship opportunity in their third year, sponsorship to participate in technical conferences, a pre-placement job offer and mentorship from the senior leadership of the organisation. Speaking at the Grand finale of 'Women of Mettle' Scholarship programme, Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President, HRM, Tata Steel said, “Our constant pursuit of excellence has enabled us to take up new challenges and set industry benchmarks. Building an equitable culture and a diverse leadership team is a responsibility we take seriously. Women of Mettle is one of the first programmes in the manufacturing industry where we not only provide scholarships but a career at Tata Steel.”
Tata Steel bags Jamshedpur franchise of Indian Super League
Tata Steel has successfully bid for the Jamshedpur franchise in the upcoming season of the coveted Indian Super League (ISL). The steel giant, which has been a pioneer in the development of sports in India, won the bid with Jamshedpur as the host city and will be part of ISL from the next season. Tata Steel will announce the names of members of the Jamshedpur team along with the squad and coaching staff in due course. The team logo and jersey will also be unveiled soon. ISL organisers, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), had invited bids for 10 cities in India, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. Jamshedpur was awarded to Tata / Tata Steel and it will participate in ISL. The
new team will be competing for the coveted title along with franchisees from Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Goa and Guwahati. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said: “This is a momentous occasion for Tata Steel, which has always been a pioneer in the development of sports in the country, especially football. Our entry into the coveted Indian Super League reinforces our commitment to provide a fillip to the development of football in the country. We are extremely excited to have won the bid for our hometown Jamshedpur and will provide the best of facilities for football to prosper in the eastern part of our country”. The Tata group has a long association with sports, especially football, with the efficacious Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Jamshedpur. TFA has been grooming exceptional players who have brought glory to the nation for the last 30 years. The new team will leverage the state-of-the-art infrastructure at TFA. Established in Jamshedpur in 1987, the objective of TFA has been to nurture and train budding footballers in the most scientific way to improve the standard of Indian football by producing outstanding players for the Indian National Team. The academy has trained over 200 players, out of whom 135 have represented the country, with 19 of them having lead the national team as Captain across various age groups. Commenting on the development, Mr Chuni Goswami, former Olympian and Captain of the Indian Football Team and the first Director of TFA, said: Tatas have always been promoters of sports and have contributed a great deal to the cause of sports, be it football, hockey, athletics, etc, at an all-India level. TFA is a first-ofits-kind institution that was set up to groom budding footballers so that they can evolve into good footballers in course of time. I have been very lucky to be associated with TFA since its inception. I am very happy to know that Tatas continue to promote sports in a big way. It is only natural that Tatas are getting associated with ISL”.
Tata Network Forum organizes a panel discussion on sustainability for the Eastern Region
Tata Network Forum today organized a panel discussion on sustainability for the Eastern Region at Beldih Club, Jamshedpur. The theme for discussion was ‘Mainstreaming Sustainability’. Dr Mukund Rajan, Chief Ethics Officer, Tata Group was the key note speaker on the occasion. Mr TV Narendran, MD, Tata Steel India & SEA & Chairman, Tata Network Forum India East on was also present during the event. Dr Mukund Rajan spoke about ‘The Tata Sustainability Journey’ which was followed by a session on ‘Insights on CEO’s thoughts on Sustainability’ by Mr Vishvesh Prabhakar, Managing Director, Sustainability, Accenture Strategy, India Speaking on the occasion Mr Narendran said “Over the last decade we have recognized the subject ‘sustainability’ as a focus area. Sustainability and climate change have now become a subject of political and economic discussion worldwide. We need to understand the subject more and at the same time get involved to establish sustainable practices for the organization.” He further added “We need to change the way we work and, as an organization, we will have to seize opportunities for a sustainable future.” While speaking about the Tata Sustainable Journey Mr Rajan said “Tata Group has been playing a key role in global environment issues. Tata Group has been investing in capacity building. ‘Tata Engage’ has emerged as the largest volunteering campaign in India.” He further added that “Tata Steel has done a commendable job in Jharkhand for the development of the tribals.” Mr Prabhakar spoke about a survey conducted by Accenture about changing paradigms of sustainability. He further stressed on the fact that sustainability is increasingly viewed as a critical lever of value creation and differentiation. The second half of the programme saw functional leaders, Mr Vivek Talwar, Chief Culture Officer, Chief Sustainability Office, Tata Power speak on ‘Integration of Sustainability
with Strategy’, Mr Sanjay Ranawade, Chief, Manufacturing Officer, Jewelry, Tanishq on ‘Initiatives in Supply Chain’, Mr Damandeep Singh, Director CDP India on ‘Impact of COP21, India’s NDC and Science Based Targets’ and Mr Sundeep Singh, Principal, Accenture, Strategy and Sustainability on ‘Initiatives in Circular Economy’. The sessions were moderated by Mr Siddharth Shah, Chief, Corporate Strategy, Tata Steel, Ms Amita Khurana, Chief Procurement (Bulk Commodities), Tata Steel, Mr Shibojyoti Dutta, Head Climate Change & Strategic Planning, Tata Steel and Mr Yogesh Bedi, Chief Marketing & Sales (IBMD), Tata Steel respectively. About Tata Network Forums Tata Network Forum (TNF) is a knowledge sharing platform comprising senior group-level leadership and aimed at fostering the spirit of business excellence across Tata companies worldwide. Facilitated by the Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG), TNFs based across the globe organise events to promote closer interaction and higher knowledge sharing and learning within the regional Tata companies on a continual basis. A robust and effective platform, TNFs are leveraged by Tata companies to engage in information exchange, training and collaborative activities, to showcase events and put forth important marketing communication. They are also a channel for dissemination of group-level senior leader communication. Currently, the Tata Network Forum has 10 chapters in Europe, North America, China, Africa, South East Asia, MENA and India. Each region has a dedicated Chairman, Convener and TBExG Coordinator to give advice and direction in the context of business excellence and ethical behaviour.
Jamshedpur Gets #GoGreenSignal: An initiative by Tata Tiscon
TATA Tiscon is an eco-friendly brand which strives to foster sustainable construction practices. Year after year, World Environment Day has been an important date for TATA Tiscon and it has been doing various drives to support the larger cause of making the planet greener. However, this year, TATA Tiscon sought to do something truly unique and ground breaking to mark the occasion and raise awareness in a way that is deeply rooted in the daily habits of one and all. The idea stemmed from the insight that during our daily commute, all of us pause at the traffic signals and wait for the green arrow to go ahead. The team at Tata Tiscon thought of capitalising this fact and attempt to change behavior through driving awareness on an every day basis. That is how the initiative “#GoGreenSignal” was conceived to encourage people to pause for a moment in their busy urban lives and spare a thought for the environment. So, on the occasion of World Environment Day this year, Tata Tiscon turned the traffic signals in the Tata Steel Plant and in the city of Jamshedpur into #GoGreenSignal. The straight green arrow, which shows the way to go straight, was changed into a green tree symbol signifying the environmental aspect of going green in the most unique way. The traffic signals at Bistupur, Beldih and General Office were turned into #GoGreenSignal and took the commuters by a pleasant surprise on 5th June morning. Many signals inside the Tata Steel plant were also changed to this green tree symbol so as to spread the awareness. This initiative was formally launched inside the Tata Steel Plant on 5th June in the presence of departmental heads and plant teams along with the central marketing team of Tata Tiscon. These included Mr Goutam Mukherjee (Chief – Wire Rod Mill), Mr Ramesh Shankar (Head – New Bar Mill), Mr Praveen Kumar Yadav (Head - Security Works), Mr Amitabh Singh (Senior Manager – Road Management), Mr S Karthik Narayanan (Head of Marketing – Tata Tiscon) and Mr Pawan Kumar (Senior Brand Manager – Tata Tiscon). Right after this, the team went on to launch the initiative at the prime Bistupur traffic signal which was done in the presence of Mr Kulvin Suri (Chief – Corporate Communication). In addition to this initiative, Tata Tiscon is doing various other activities to spread the word and raise awareness about the aspect of going green. A group of volunteers has been put together who would go around the town in cycles and meet the citizens of Jamshedpur making them aware of this initiative. Inside the plant, small groups of volunteers are meeting plant workers across departments and involving them to show solidarity to this initiative. Many other activities are being planned by Tata Tiscon to make the month of June as an Environment Month.
Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President, HRM, Tata Steel
TV Narendran, MD, Tata Steel India & SEA & Chairman, Tata Network Forum India East
Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel