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Businesses are powerful constituents of society and the most successful, respected, and desirable businesses exist to do much more than make money –they exist to affect positive change in the world.
The Tata name has been synonymous with corporate social responsibility (CSR) for more than a century. This commitment to doing well by doing good is illustrated by Tata Sons, the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies (including Tata Technologies), directing 66 percent of its equity to philanthropic trusts that support education, health, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, arts and culture.
As a Tata company, Tata Technologies proudly champions sustainable, socially responsible business practices and undertakes many philanthropic and community development initiatives throughout the year. Moreover, sustainability is managed as a core pillar of the company’s strategy, with oversight by a dedicated subcommittee of the Board of Directors. Every year, this subcommittee conducts a materiality assessment of the environmental, social and governance factors that surround the company with a view to identifying issues that represent high concern to external stakeholders and have the potential to significantly impact the company’s performance. The output of the materiality assessment is a set of priorities that the company has embraced in the areas of education, diversity, green workplaces, and ensuring the products that we help our clients engineer positively impact safety, health and the environment.
Demand for engineers continues to rise, but the supply is not keeping pace. And too often engineering graduates are leaving school without the right set of competencies to excel in the professional world.
Over the last several years, Tata Technologies has invested in many programs aimed at developing the students of today into the star technical professionals of tomorrow. This mission was driven by the understanding that although industry and academia are inextricably linked, they are not always aligned. And, in fact, they often operate in isolation of one another.
But what if instead they worked together to develop curriculums and classroom material? What if they partnered to provide students real-world, hands-on exposure to the kind of work they would be doing as professionals, using the latest technology, before they graduate? The implications of these questions form the foundation of Tata Technologies’ flagship CSR program, Ready Engineer.
Since its launch, Ready Engineer has helped thousands of students get workforce-ready and accelerate progression during the critical early years of their careers. What’s more, many Ready Engineer participants have gone on to join Tata Technologies and are now helping the company deliver projects for clients.
As of now we have Ready Engineer program being conducted in 30 engineering colleges in India befitting around 4000 students every year. We provide internship and training opportunities to many young engineers at Tata Technologies offices in North America and Europe.
EMPOWERMENT VIA EDUCATION (EVE)
Increasing access to quality education for girls is a key goal of Tata Technologies. To support this, the company partnered with the Lila Poonawala Foundation to offer financial support and mentorship to more than 150 promising students from under-served populations, including low income families, marginalized castes and tribes. The EVE program covers a full four-year undergraduate education.
ESTABLISHMENT OF INDIAN INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RANCHI (IIIT RANCHI)
As part of the company’s mission to stem the engineering skills shortage, Tata Technologies entered a partnership with governmental agencies and other corporations to establish the Indian Institute of Information Technology Ranchi (IIIT Ranchi), located in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. IIIT Ranchi is an autonomous, not-for-profit, self-sustaining, teaching and research-led education institution.
SCHOOL AND TEACHING EXCELLENCE PROGRAM (STEP)
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 eLearning systems, the program aspires to perpetuate interest and develop an increased aptitude of students towards science and math. Launched in 2014, to date the program has provided nearly 1,000 technology integrated schools across Maharashtra so far benefitting nearly a half million students.
As part of the company’s effort to embed sustainability in its day-to-day operations and reduce the company’s carbon footprint, Tata Technologies has launched an intelligent energy conservation policy across eligible desktop and laptop computers. Starting in October 2016, IT rolled out a system that automatically turns off displays after five minutes of inactivity and turns on hibernate mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. The device restores back to its last active state, without data loss, when the user begins interacting with the system. In addition to this, Tata Technologies continually monitors energy usage and promotes green infrastructure by optimizing natural light, using LED lights, and conducting environmental awareness and stewardship seminars for employees.
SUSTAINABLE TREE PLANTATION
Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep the air clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and contribute to stunning natural landscapes. In fiscal year 2017, Tata Technologies planted and maintained approximately 7,000 saplings of about 14 different species, covering roughly four acres of the Aundh Military Area in Pune.
WATER CONSERVATION, WASTE MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Tata Technologies continues to demonstrate its commitment to waste minimization by applying and constantly upgrading its recycling technologies across facilities. Key program elements include an eco-friendly sewage treatment plant, drip irrigation system and laundry practices at the Hinjewadi, Pune campus, which recycles approximately 56,000 liters of water daily. This water is used for in-house gardening as well as toilet flushing purposes. The on-campus organic waste compost treatment plant reprocesses 75 kilograms of solid waste per day into manure that is used to fertilize the gardens throughout the Pune campus.
DISASTER RESPONSE PROGRAM
Only .003 percent of water on earth is fresh water available for human consumption. This scarcity is felt acutely in subtropical climates like India, where rising temperatures and changing weather patterns are causing severe droughts. To address this problem, Tata Technologies in fiscal year 2017 launched a program to help small farmers in remote areas of India implement erosion control and rainwater harvesting strategies. A total of 186 hectares of farmland were made more resilient and drought-ready, which benefitted more than 250 farmers.
EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES (TATA VOLUNTEERING WEEK)
Tata Volunteering Week (TVW) is a Tata group-wide event that encourages Tata employees around the globe to get involved in community welfare. TVW is celebrated across a four-week period twice annually to inspire Tata employees to experience volunteering and eventually pursue it on a regular basis.
During the sixth and seventh edition of TVW, Tata Technologies recorded several exciting activities across the globe ranging from blood donation camps, wellness talks and value education activities at numerous schools to several cleanliness drives, teaching at orphanages, species conservation, traffic safety awareness and more. During fiscal year 2017 alone, more than 5,000 Tata Technologies employees participated in events to support 119 social and environmental causes.
FLINT WATER CRISIS RELIEF
In April 2014, residents of Flint, Michigan were exposed to water with increased lead levels when the water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River without appropriate corrosion control measures. The crisis gained national attention when it was revealed that children who drank the water had blood lead levels that were significantly higher than when the water came from its prior source and significantly exceeded Federal standards.
Since then, Flint residents have struggled to replace piped water with bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing. However, even those who have been able to make this change were still exposed to increased levels of lead, which can cause long-term health risks. Medical studies indicate that healthy foods can help to combat these effects.
Tata Technologies, which has its North American headquarters about 50 miles from Flint and some of its employees living in the community, decided to take action. On August 9, 2016, more than 35 of Tata Technologies’ employees, family members and friends hosted an allday food drive for residents of Flint, in partnership with volunteers from the United Way of Genesee County, Michigan. Volunteers gathered to sort, divide and distribute food to residents.
Over 1,000 local families lined up their vehicles throughout the day to receive foods that deter symptoms of lead consumption by reducing absorption including meat, tuna, tomatoes, corn, baked beans, potatoes, peppers, cereal, apples, snacks and bottled water. In addition, both Tata Technologies and United Way volunteers distributed pamphlets that included detailed information surrounding the benefits of healthy nutrition and how to limit lead exposure.
A WINNING PROGRAM
Tata Technologies’ Ready Engineer program wins national education award in India
FISCAL YEAR 2017 SAW TATA TECHNOLOGIES TAKE HOME A NATIONAL EDUCATION AWARD IN INDIA.
Handed out at the Associated Chambers of Industry & Commerce of India’s annual education summit in February, the award (pictured below) recognizes Tata Technologies’ Ready Engineer program, which provides practical, application-based training and mentorship to college and university students pursuing careers in product and manufacturing engineering.
“Ready Engineer embodies Tata values because it’s premised on the belief that our responsibility as a company is not just to shareholders, but to the communities in which we live and work,” said Anubhav Kapoor, head of corporate social responsibility at Tata Technologies, adding, “giving back is what we do, but it’s always nice to see hard work recognized.”
Launched in 2010, Ready Engineer helps students connect the dots between academic theory and the real world of automotive engineering. The program includes 40-50 hours of hands-on, classroom training led by Tata Technologies volunteers that highlights the ins and outs of the automotive industry and how computer-aided design technologies are used in the product development process. Every Ready Engineer student is also given a free login for i GET IT, Tata Technologies’ eLearning platform exclusively for engineers, so they can brush up on their skills outside of the classroom. At the conclusion of the program, students who pass a capstone assessment receive a certificate of completion. But pass or fail, participants nevertheless leave the program better equipped for job interviews and, ultimately, employment.
“Technical knowledge is a prerequisite for engineers, but one of the things we try to emphasize is the importance of softer skills like communication and interpersonal skills,” Kapoor said.
To date, more than 800 students have gone through the in-classroom program, with another 2,500 taking part in Distance Ready Engineer (DRE), which uses online tools to extend the curriculum to colleges in smaller population centers where Tata Technologies does not have a presence. The company is currently developing course material for high-demand fields like embedded systems, SAP and product lifecycle management, and plans to expand DRE to several more colleges throughout India in the coming year.