Corporate social responsibility
The group's CSR activities are rooted in the knowledge that businesses have a duty to enable all living beings to get a fair share of the planet's resources
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 use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The Tata culture of giving back flows from the tradition of nation and community building sowed more than a century back by Jamsetji Tata, the Founder of the group. Tata companies are involved in a wide variety of community development and environment preservation projects. The Tata group's social activities relate to health, primary education, skills training and entrepreneurship, livelihoods, women empowerment and strengthening services for the differently-abled.
The group believes corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a critical mission that is at the heart of everything that it does, how it thinks and what it is. The Tata group is committed to integrating environmental, social and ethical principles into the core business, thereby enhancing long-term stakeholder value and touching the lives of over a quarter of the world's population. The group’s CSR programmes aim to be relevant to local, national and global contexts, keep disadvantaged communities as the focus, be based on globally-agreed sustainable development principles and be implemented in partnership with governments, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.
The CSR approach adopted envisages that the group evolves and executes strategies to support communities in partnership with governments, civil society and relevant stakeholders. Key to this approach is Tata employees who generously give of their time, experience and talent to serve communities; group companies encourage and facilitate them to do so. At the group level, the Tata Engage programme builds on this tradition. It is amongst the top 10 corporate volunteering programmes in the world.
Tata companies work towards empowering people by helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in a global economy, which is now consolidated into a group CSR programme called Tata STRIVE. The group equips communities with information, technology and the capacity to achieve improved health, education and livelihood outcomes. It also works towards enabling other living things on the planet get their fair share of the resources.