The Corporate Sustainability (CS) vision of Tata Technologies is “to co-create sustainable value for our key stakeholders through engineering and technology innovation.” Driven by the company’s mission to positively impact the communities in which it operates, enhance the quality of life for internal and external stakeholders, promote environmentally sustainable technologies and solutions and foster innovation, Tata Technologies is wholly committed to making life for all people better.
Corporate Sustainability Objectives
Tata Technologies operates in three territories: Asia Pacific (APAC), North America (NA) and the European Union (EU). CS initiatives seek to enhance operational sustainability and contribute to community development. Tata Technologies’ approach to sustainability is essentially based on the responsible value creation for all stakeholders by integrating technical, social and environmental aspects into its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. To this end, the company has defined the following focus areas to guide its CSR projects and initiatives:
Environmental Enrichment for a Better Planet
The threat of climate change demands action from all – government, people and industry. Therefore, we will adopt the philosophy of enriching, conserving and harvesting the natural capital to minimize the impact of our operations and augment the neighboring communities.
Social Development for Better People
We believe that success of any business strives on human capital, community development and quality education for all citizens. Accordingly, we will focus on human rights, quality primary and secondary education, vocational skills and mentorship for the marginalized population to enhance their quality of life.
Fostering Innovation for Better Progress
To be able to excel in all areas of business sustainability, innovation has gained greater importance. We aim to innovate and optimize resources, opt for efficient processes, while enhancing the environment and quality of experiences with and for our supply and delivery chain. We will strive for technology incubation for the benefit of the society and build sustainable communities today and for the future.
Tata Technologies continues to emphasize inclusive growth to support marginalized members of society through its focus on engineering education, environmental stewardship and technical innovation. To demonstrate its commitment, the Company is implementing the following programs:
Since 2011, Tata Technologies main area of community development work was implemented under an umbrella program called Ready Engineer. Positioned under the education pillar, this program addresses the academic gaps at different education levels.
Direct Ready Engineer Program (RE) and Distance Ready Engineer Program
The purpose of the Ready Engineer program is to bridge the engineering industry talent gap by educating and mentoring aspiring young engineers. The aim is to be a catalyst in reducing the academia-industry gap and ensure that the future engineers are ready for the industry. Supported by Tata Technologies’ online learning platform, iGET IT®, expert engineers give 40 hours of classroom training related to the core mechanical modules to selected and exemplary students.
However, the direct ready engineer model faces several challenges such as insufficient time availability of employee volunteers, lack of infrastructure at various colleges, limited Tata Technologies offices, etc., hence in fiscal year 2016, the Company converged all its efforts to increase its reach to the students by leveraging modern technology.
Furthermore, the significant acceptance of the RE model among students and institutes encouraged Tata Technologies to pilot the “Distance Ready Engineer” program in fiscal year 2015. Implemented through iGET IT®, an online learning platform, this model adopts a “train the trainer” approach to expedite the training deliverables and reach a maximum number of engineering students. A network of professors across three states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Jharkhand, have been trained by Tata Technologies’ expert engineers. During fiscal year 2016, the company reached a remarkable, 3,140 students in 24 colleges compared to 218 students in fiscal year 2015.
School and Teaching Excellence Program (STEP)
Our commitment to address the education gap for the younger generation is pronounced through the STEP initiative, which was launched in 2014. Aimed at young and underprivileged children, STEP is an education platform targeted to improve student retention and learning of science and math. With the help of e-Learning systems, the program aspires to perpetuate interest and develop an increased aptitude of students towards science and math.
To achieve this goal, the Company has partnered with The Poona North Rotary Charitable Trust (TPNRCT), to improve the school selection process, and with SumConcepts Technologies Pvt. Ltd., to install hardware and software at different schools. During fiscal year 2016, a total of 344 units of integrated learning systems were installed at 291 schools, enhancing education and the lives of approximately 197,329 students across Maharashtra.
Empowerment Via Education (EVE)
To become more comprehensive in our approach, while fostering education for the younger generation, the Company considers it crucial to reach out to deserving and academically bright female students.
Empowering women and encouraging their educational spirit is another vital aspect of Tata Technologies’ CSR strategy. This aspiration is manifested through the Company’s EVE Program that serves as an agent for teaching and improving the skills required for the IT-Business Process Management sector. The EVE program reaches out to exemplary female students, especially those coming from scheduled caste or low-income group families, and extends direct scholarships to help them pursue a full-time engineering degree.
The Company partnered with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation to advance support, encouragement and mentorship to drive young women towards a promising career. In addition to financially supporting 50 female students in their second year of engineering during fiscal year 2015, the company has provided scholarships to 100 students amounting to 75 lakhs Indian Rupees (INR) during fiscal year 2016.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Youth Literacy Program
Through active partnership and engagement, Tata Technologies – North America developed a STEM Youth Literacy Program in partnership with Athletes for Charity and the Detroit Lions. This partnership enables creative exposure and engagement of low-income inner city students to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, while also developing their skills in reading and writing. With the help of this alliance, Tata Technologies is dedicated to providing an innovative STEM Youth Literacy Program at John E. Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Michigan, USA. This program includes a monthly book distribution drive, conducting monthly assignments, promoting academic incentives and organizing contests and field trips. The group of approximately 250 students are reached monthly through regular sessions by Tata Technologies and Wayne State University faculty members who serve as tutors to assist students with assignment completion. Students are also provided LEGO® products, Magformers®, K’NEX® and encyclopedias to instill in students a lifelong love for learning and an interest in STEM careers.
Tata Volunteering Week
Tata Volunteering Week (TVW) is a group-wide event that encourages employees around the globe to get involved in community welfare. TVW is celebrated across a four-week period, twice a year to inspire Tata employees to experience volunteering and eventually pursue it on a regular basis. During the fourth and fifth edition of TVW, Tata Technologies recorded a number of exciting activities across the globe ranging from blood donation camps, value education activities at schools, wellness talks, cleanliness drives and teaching at an orphanage to species conservation and more. During fiscal year 2016, the Company had more than 2,800 employee volunteers supporting 85 social and environmental causes impacting the lives of more than 10,000 people.
Tree Planting: Owing to our responsibility to combat climate change and restore the depleting environment, the Company planted more than 5,000 saplings in fiscal year 2015-2016 and maintained another 2,000 saplings planted in the previous years. The project is a continuation of the partnership with the Tree Public Foundation, formed in August 2014, to plant saplings as well as to maintain at least 90 percent survival rate of the trees at the end of a three-year period.
Water Conservation, Waste Management and Energy Efficiency: Tata Technologies continues to demonstrate its commitment towards waste minimization by applying and constantly upgrading its recycling technologies at its Pune location. It does so by proactively conserving water through its sewage treatment plant, drip irrigation system and laundry practices.
Through several endeavors to conserve water, 25 percent of total water consumed, approximately 125,000 liters of water per day, was conserved. This water is used for in-house gardening as well as flushing purposes in the newly constructed industrial shed. The on-campus organic waste compost treatment plant reprocesses 75 kilograms of solid waste into manure each day. That manure is used to fertilize the gardens throughout the Pune campus.
Tata Technologies also continually monitors energy usage and promotes green infrastructure by optimizing natural light, using LED lights and conducting employee seminars to foster environmental awareness.
Disaster Relief Program
As the threat of a water shortage looms over a large part of Maharashtra, Tata Technologies along with other Tata group companies took the initiative to support a project pertaining to soil and water conservation in Tandulwadi village, located in District Osmanabad, Marathwada. The key objective of this project is to address the degrading natural resources due to extreme drought conditions and alleviate the affected small and marginal farmers and other underprivileged communities.