Sustainability is embedded in the very culture of Tata Steel. As one of the world’s leading steel wire manufacturers, we are committed to the design of more sustainable products that contribute to solutions, which are lighter, last longer and use fewer resources to produce. Above all, we operate in a way that is safe and respectful to the environment and the communities we come in contact with.
In line with corporate CSR initiatives, our core sustainability initiatives are in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Livelihoods, Infrastructure and Environment.
The Jyoti Fellowship Scholarship was introduced for Class VIII students to promote the further education of the economically backward scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, needy and talented students from Dahanu and Palghar Taluka. This initiative was taken up in alignment with the central team of Tata Steel CSR – Jamshedpur. On 13th August 2017, the TSGW “Jyoti Fellowship” selection test was conducted at TVM School, MIDC Boisar. A total of 120 students from various ashrams and schools from Dahanu and Palghar block participated. 15 students were selected.
The CSR volunteering team held "Industrial Knowledge Sharing Sessions” in Government ITI, Technical Institute and a local college on various subjects like Electrician, Wireman, Electronics, Mechanical, Account and Tax, Store, Road Safety, General Safety and Rail Safety etc. An average of 2 sessions in a month were conducted and approx. 500 students took advantage of these sessions.
Our CSR team held an education awareness and interaction session with around 700 backward class students in Palghar District highlighting the awareness of education. The team also celebrated ‘International Day of Happiness’ with tribal students and conducted various games and fun activities.
Old benches and computers discarded by TVM school were repaired and made in good condition by our business partners and provided to the needy ashram and Z P School nearby. The team provided 120 benches and 5 computers along with power backup sets.
Our team collected old newspapers from individual employees and from the Tarapur plant and Goregaon office. The newspapers were recycled with the help of the local printing press and converted to books. These books were then distributed to the identified schools in Palghar District benefiting 300 students.
TSGW India (WD), CSR council in association with TMRCT Thunga Hospital, conducted a ‘Free Health Check-up Camp’ and ‘Dermatology Camp’ at identified villages near the Tarapur operation. 16 pada and 4 villages were covered and over 1,090 patients benefited from these free medical camps.
The CSR council in association with the Public Health Service Department (Tarapur ward) conducted health awareness sessions on various health related topics such as Women Hygiene and Sanitation, Swine Flu, Malaria, Dengue, Diarrhoea, Hygiene and Sanitation and General Safety at the village level. A total of 20 villages/pada were covered and over 3000 people attended the sessions.
Some of the identified persons were given further treatment after the medical camps were conducted by Tata Steel Ltd (WD) in association with TMRCT -Thunga. Patients chiefly belonged to backward adivasi families with little or no access to basic healthcare facilities.
On 17th March 2017, the TSGW CSR council in association with LTMG Hospital – Sion and Blood Bank (Mumbai) conducted a ‘Blood Donation Drive’ at the Tarapur plant. 20 TSGW volunteers had collected 160 pints of blood from across all plants. Token gifts (as appreciation) were distributed to the blood donors during the ‘Blood Donation Camp’.
TSGW wanted to create livelihood opportunities for the adivasi tribes living around areas of operation. Some adivasi artists came forward to be part of the “learn and earn” concept. After initial training the team started work on ‘Tarang Warli Art’. Together, they began creating hand-crafted, hand-painted, eco-friendly products depicting traditional Warli motifs and started earning for their family.
As part of our Livelihood CSR initiative, in association with MSRLM Palghar, TSGW developed a poultry farm and provided training to the Nirmal female SHG group at Khaniwade to create a sustainable income opportunity for them.
As part of our Skill Development CSR, two female Self-Help Groups (SHG) in the identified areas, in association with Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM) Department-Palghar, were trained in the cultivation of Marigold at Gargaon.
Tata Steel CSR and MSRLM organised training on rice cultivation with the SRI technique and implemented a pilot project on enhancing livelihoods through - SRI i.e. 'System of Rice Intensification’ in Gargaon and Khaniwade village of Palghar District.
TIS Wish in association with our CSR team conducted an employment oriented workshop on recycling paper bags in Newale. The team practiced with newspapers bags prepared by school dropout girls and female groups from Newale. Approximately 40 villagers (male and female) attended the workshop.
Our CSR team arranged for an exposure visit for female SHG groups from Gargaon and Khaniwade along with MSRLM at the jute bag making project of female SHG groups at Lalthane, and the Boiler Poultry Farm at Dabhon in Palghar District.
TIS Wish in association with our CSR team supported in upgrading Z P School infrastructure at identified villages. We constructed new toilet blocks for girls and boys separately and renovated classrooms of the school at Newale. The team also solved water leakage issues and repainted toilet blocks at the identified school in Gargaon.
TIS Wish in association with CSR, installed 7 new solar lights at various pada of identified villages.
We repaired water resources like bore wells and improved ground water level at identified villages - Gargaon, Khaniwade and Newale.
TSGW CSR and the Environment Department jointly organised a ‘Tree Plantation Drive’ in the months of June, July and August 2017. A total of 4500 saplings were planted at various locations of the Dahanu and Palghar block. CSR volunteers, professors and students planted saplings in schools, college premises and at the village level. Species planted included Silver Oak, Neem, Karanj, Saptaparni and Kesar Mango among others. The team also raised awareness about the environment by sharing information on each tree species and by stressing on the importance of tree plantation. The purpose of this initiative was to promote and protect the green cover in the nearby areas and the state.
As part of TVW, TSGW organised various initiatives under the key focus area of Education, Health, and Livelihoods. In TVW 8 & 7, team achievements included volunteering 700+ hours with over 100+ volunteers participating across the plant.
Mr Biren Bhuta (Chief, CSR, Tata Steel) visited TSGW (India) and observed the CSR initiatives at Tarapur. He visited the nearby villages and met female SHG groups at the villages. He appreciated our CSR initiatives and their progress.
The Tata Steel Tribal Leadership Conclave helps India’s tribal youth make a difference to society and to the economic progress of their communities. The three-selected youth from Palghar and Jawhar participated with the TSGW CSR initiative at the Tribal Leadership Conclave held at Panchagani in Maharashtra.
When most males from the tribe leave home for six-seven months every year looking for work, the village women stay behind and have little to do. Thanks to Mr Kurkute’s efforts at skilling them, the women now lead financially empowered lives pickling seasonal vegetables and fruits, producing the famed ‘warli’ artefacts of the region, and engaging in organic farming. “The issues that tribals face are not new. These have been around for a very long time, whether it is exploitation, displacement, loss of natural habitat or erosion of their culture,” says Biren Bhuta (Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel).
TSGW CSR helped 29 warli participants from various taluka like Dahanu, Palghar, Mokhada, Jawhar, Vikramgadh and Dadaranagar Haveli take part in the ‘Regional Samvaad' 2017 on 9th & 10th of September at Netrang, Gujarat. The event witnessed participation from 25 tribal communities in the West Zone. Tribal Youth & Leadership for Future witnessed participation from 128 participants from various tribal communities who attended discussions on community empowerment, basic amenities, livelihood, education, health, etc. The event served as an ideal platform for the tribal population to present their views and exchange ideas.
We collected used clothes from employees and staff of the Tarapur plant and our Goregaon office. After collection, we sorted and distributed the clothes at underprivileged villages - Nyahale and Budruk – Jawhar on 4th November 2016.
Under ‘Swaccha Bharat Mission’ a beach cleaning drive was organised by the Zillha Parishad Palghar District in association with local schools, colleges and police officers at Chinchani on 1st September 2017. TSGW employees also contributed to the drive.
On 5th September 2017, TSGW (India), CSR council and TIS Wish celebrated “Teachers’ Day” across seven Z P Schools at Grampanchyat Gargaon. During the programme, handmade greetings cards and pens were gifted to all the teachers.
Our CSR team organised ‘Training on Self Defence’ for ST Residential Ashram Schools and College students, NSS Girls unit at two locations.
TSGW CSR council organised ‘CSR Volunteers Felicitation Programme’ on 26th January 2017. Volunteers from Global Wires, CSR channel partners, CSR Government partners and some company contractors were felicitated for their participation, voluntary initiatives & support towards the CSR activities of TSGW (India) in the year 2016.