Our AA Policy
Tata International supports the Tata group initiatives on Affirmative Action that are focused on measures towards creating an inclusive society by addressing the need to mainstream a sizeable disadvantaged section of the population in India. We continue to play a significant role in putting in place new social initiatives focused on proactively creating economic and social empowerment among disadvantaged communities, making a real impact on improving the quality of life of the families of beneficiaries.
At Tata International [TIL], we recognise that diversity in the workplace positively impacts business. We strive to ensure equal employment opportunities by providing training to develop the socially disadvantaged.
Our initiative of Nav Chetna has made a measurable social impact while contributing to our overall business objectives and we look forward to enhancing and deepening our engagement to cover other potential groups and locations in India.
This initiative, under the Utkarsh brand, has created employment and business opportunities for people from scheduled caste (SC) / scheduled tribe (ST) communities through training and employment of local skilled labour with up-skilling and employment programmes. Almost 34 per cent of our workforce in our footwear business in Dewas (Central India) belongs to SC / ST communities, a significant proportion being women.
Under Nav Chetna, we have trained and provided employment to 1,024 Dalit women to make footwear for our Dewas unit over the last five years. This achievement is an inspiring example of what can be achieved through collective, committed efforts, and this is a model that is set to be replicated elsewhere.
Nav Chetna has helped skill women from agrarian families while helping them battle social taboos against working in factories. The initiative has been appreciated by the communities around the factory, and also by various government agencies and other stakeholders.
Nav Chetna has won the hearts of the poorest people, who have been a part of the TIL family as the programme helped them create sustainable livelihoods by building sustainable businesses. Nav Chetna has created livelihoods and crafted lives – and our journey has just begun.
We have also initiated programmes rewarding good academic performance to encourage students from weaker sections by distributing bicycles and recognition awards, such as Topper in SC and Topper in ST categories at the Government Middle and Primary School Anwatpura, Dewas.
There is an AA Governance team in place to drive the AA initiatives of the company.