New Delhi: Tata Steel has been bestowed with the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2018 for Excellence in Biodiversity, a recognition for its commitment to play a leading role in conservation of biodiversity.
Mr. M C Thomas, Executive-in-Charge, Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division (FAMD), Tata Steel received the award from NITI Aayog CEO Shri Amitabh Kant at an event held on December 12, 2018 at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Mr. Thomas was joined by other Company officials including Mr. Somesh Biswas, Chief, Raw Materials Strategy Group (Mineral & Coal-block Acquisition), Dr. Hishmi Jamil Husain, Head, Environment & Forest Management, Raw Materials Strategy Group, Mr. Vinayak Deshpande, Senior Manager, Environment, OMQ Division and Mr. Ranjan Nayak, Head of Horticulture, JUSCO.
Mr. Arun Misra, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel said, “Sustainability lies at the of heart of everything we do at Tata Steel. As a responsible steel maker, we have embedded sustainable practices across the value chain and are actively pursuing initiatives towards biodiversity conservation. We are honoured and encouraged by this recognition and this will further reinforce our commitment to a better tomorrow.”
As a pioneering steel maker in India, sustainability is embedded in the very culture of Tata Steel. The sense of responsibility towards the planet and the welfare of the community is very intrinsic to the Company’s value systems that predates even the first steel ingot that rolled out of Tata Steel’s plant more than a century ago.
Tata Steel has been actively working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2013, to enhance its performance in biodiversity conservation and significantly reducing its impact on ecosystem and biodiversity. Being a business leader in steel making, mining, and manufacturing, the Company is going beyond regulatory regimes and setting high standards for itself on social and environmental matters.
Today, sustainability and particularly creating and maintaining excellence in biodiversity is an essential element of how Tata Steel runs its business. Tata Steel launched its Biodiversity Policy in 2016. The policy provides guidelines for including biodiversity in every strategic and operational decision making. The Company is aligning its actions with the National Biodiversity Targets set in 2014 (India level), Aichi Biodiversity Targets set in 2010 (Global level) and Sustainable Development Goals to integrate biodiversity in to its business ecosystem and enable a better tomorrow for future generations.
Tata Steel is pursuing a collaborative approach on biodiversity by engaging the employees and local communities through various awareness programmes and workshops. The Company’s future endeavors will be aimed at enhancing strategic partnerships with organisations and agencies to collaborate on biodiversity conservation projects.
Apart from being recognised by the CII-ITC, Tata Steel has also bagged several industry awards for its work in the areas of sustainability and biodiversity. This year, Tata Steel launched its new corporate brand campaign ‘We Also Make Tomorrow’ drawn from its work done in the areas of technology, innovation and sustainability.