Tata company initiatives
Tata group companies have always displayed a keen interest in the welfare of the communities in which they operate. The work they do on this front is managed by, and channelled through, organisations established to further the cause of community development.
Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development
Tata Chemicals set up the Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) in 1980 to promote its social uplift projects for communities in and around Mithapur (in the state of Gujarat in western India), Babrala (in the state of Madhya Pradesh in northern India) and Haldia (in the state of West Bengalin eastern India).
The Society works to protect and nurture the rural populations in these areas and helps people achieve self-sufficiency in natural resource management, livelihood support and the building of health and education infrastructure.
Through TCSRD, Tata Chemicals works to improve the quality of life of the people and communities around its operations, and to support sustainable development, a theme that is central to the company's corporate philosophy. Tata Chemicals employees endorse this philosophy by helping empower rural communities chart their own developmental course.
The initiatives that TCSRD is involved in include:
- Agricultural development
- Women's programmes
- Animal husbandry
- Rural energy
- Watershed development
- Relief work
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Tata Steel Rural Development Society
Established in 1979, the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) is involved in various social development programmes aimed at helping the rural communities living around Tata Steel's operational units.
Prior to the setting up of TSRDS, Tata Steel's community initiatives were conducted through its rural and community services division. However, the fundamental differences between the imperatives of rural and urban development prompted the company to reclassify its community initiatives programmes under three units: Community Development and Social Welfare, TSRDS and Adivasi and Harijan Welfare Cell, now known as the Tribal Cultural Society.
TSRDS covered 32 villages around Jamshedpur (in the state of Jharkhand in eastern India) in its first year of operation. Today, the Society has seven separate units, six in Tata Steel's operational areas, and covers 600 villages in the states of Jharkhand and Orissa (also in eastern India). TSRDS is actively involved in the spheres of livelihood generation, health and hygiene, and people empowerment.
TSRDS has expanded its agenda and identified the advancement of education, sports and self-reliance as tools to ensure a better quality of life for the people it works with.
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