Tata Steel believes that positive discrimination in favour of Affirmative Action communities surrounding its operations is in the interest of socio-economic change in its local communities.
To break the cycle of poverty plaguing indigenous communities, Tata Steel pursues the 5-E’s approach through its Affirmative Action programme:
The socio-economic condition of scheduled castes and schedule tribes, which constitute a considerable percentage of the population, is being accorded national importance. Tata Steel has held the belief that positive discrimination in favour of Affirmative Action communities, who surround its operations, is in the interest of socio-economic change in its local communities. The Managing Director spearheads an Apex Committee on Affirmative Action which has in the last year focussed on preserving tribal culture and mainstreaming the tribal communities around Tata Steel's operations.
The Company’s mines, collieries and its Steel works are located in areas that are dominated by disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised communities with poor socio-economic indicators. Tata Steel’s structured and planned Affirmative Action initiatives mainstream tribal children and youth through education initiatives, employability training programmes and entrepreneurship development opportunities.
The Apex Committee for Affirmative Action, chaired by the Managing Director, maintains oversight over the programme, which is also regularly reviewed by the Board for direction setting and policy decisions. To facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable processes for Affirmative Action a 13-member cross functional team - drawn from the Office of Vice President (Corporate Services), Procurement, Corporate Social Responsibility, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Strategy & Planning and Corporate Communications - has been formed.
Prominent initiatives under Affirmative Action include:
- The Managing Director holds one-on-one dialogues with community leaders and their representatives of indigenous communities to capture their social and material aspirations. Tata Steel also undertakes strategic alliances with governmental and non-governmental organisations to fulfill these aspirations.
- Tata Steel is focusing on enabling indigenous communities safeguard their rights which include intellectual property, land rights, language and traditional knowledge.
- Tata Steel’s Strategic Outsourcing partnerships with global suppliers such as IBM for IT infrastructure requires them to align their staffing with Tata Steel’s Affirmative Action programme.
- The Company has leveraged its growth projects to diversify its workforce through positive discrimination in favour of local, marginalised communities and women. In 2012-13, a total of 5864 SC/ST employees were on the rolls of the Company. A conscious effort was also made to have a higher percentage of members of the SC/ST community in the Trade Apprenticeship category.
- In accordance with its Affirmative Action Policy, Tata Steel encourages business entrepreneurs from socially disadvantaged communities and includes them in its supply chain on the basis of equal merit. The Company has leveraged its growth projects to diversify its workforce through positive discrimination in favour of local, marginalised communities and women. Also, Tata Steel chooses organisations aligned to its Affirmative Action Policy as its Strategic Sourcing partners.
- In addition to promoting SHGs with members from the SC/ST communities, under its Affirmative Action programme Tata Steel actively promotes the proportion of business awarded to vendors/ suppliers from these communities.
- Nearly 10,000 youth learned tribal scripts for Santhali, Ho and Oraon languages. Traditional tribal sports - Kati, Sekkor, Chhur, Bahu-Chor and Ramdel - were revived by organising tournaments at the grassroots level. To revive and sustain traditional musical instruments like Banam, Tuhila and Mandar, classes were run to enable youth to learn these instruments.
Tata Steel organised Jyoti Fellowship Award Ceremony
~ Awards given to 179 meritorious SC/ST students of West Singhbhum ~
Tata Steel today organised Jyoti Fellowship Award Ceremony at St. Xavier Welfare Centre, Chaibasa. 179 students from Chaibasa, Manoharpur and Chakradharpur of West Singhbhum district of Kolhan was awarded with the fellowship. Mr Aboobacker Siddique, DC, West Singhbhum graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
As part of its Affirmative Action Policy, Tata Steel offers Jyoti Fellowship to meritorious students from economically backward Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families to enable them accomplish educational and career aspirations. Tata Steel's Tribal Cultural Society identifies deserving candidates from operational areas of the Company on the basis of merit test.
The first five toppers (Class VII) from Chaibasa and two toppers from Manoharpur were provided with computer tablets and the others wilth gifted wrist watches. Mr Biren Bhuta, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel, Ms Urmila Ekka, Hony. Secretary, Tribal Cultural Society, and staff members attended the event
Jyoti Fellowship is structured to cater to high school, intermediate, under-graduate and post-graduate students from the economically backward SC/ST families, the fund obligated by the Company has increased over the years. Jyoti Fellowship extends financial help to students from Kolhan region (East Singhbhum, West Singhbum and Seraikela Kharsawan districts), Jamadoba and West Bokaro of Jharkhand; Jagdalpur block of Chhattisgarh; Sukinda, Bamnipal, Joda, Gopalpur, Kalinganagar and Katamati of Odisha.