Helping build an empowered society

November 11, 2018

It is a matter of pride that our company, Tata International, has clocked more than 5,200 hours of volunteering during FY18. Teams at various locations globally have been driving the initiative with increasing employee participation. The efforts are extremely satisfying as the impact on society becomes visible to the participants, who are inspired by the thoughts of Tata group founder, Jamsetji Tata, who said, “In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business but is, in fact, the very purpose of its existence.”

The cumulative effort of Tata companies was appreciated and Tata group was awarded the 2018 Global Volunteer Programme Award at the 2018 IAVE Global Corporate Volunteering Awards. In fact, 58 Tata companies participated in the volunteering activities, leading to a total of 1.13 million volunteering hours as a group in the year.

Tata International stood 23rd in ranking in the Tata group based on per capita hours spent by employees. The efforts included activities undertaken by teams from across business verticals.

The Global Volunteer Programme Award recognises a global company that shows an exemplary overall approach to global corporate volunteering with a well thought-out strategy that fits their values, priorities, and culture; an understanding and appreciation of global issues and local realities; and activities that thoughtfully address serious problems. The awards, established by IAVE in 2012, are the only global awards to formally celebrate excellence in corporate volunteering.

Some of the activities undertaken in Tata International at locations globally since the beginning of the past financial year included:

Leather and Leather Products:


  • Health camps at various Government primary and middle schools
  • Health camps for children and women of Aanganwadi Centres
  • Celebrated Bal Divas at plant premises with Rajiv Nagar and Binjana school students
  • Kshipra River clean-up campaign under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission
  • Braille machine donated to school for the visually impaired
  • Health camp at the Centre of Blind Girls Students, which is run under the Madhya Pradesh Drishtiheen Kalyan Sangh
  • Clothes and others items distributed to financially / socially disadvantaged / tribal communities
  • Voluntary blood donation camps
  • Participation in state-level sports competition at Bhopal
  • Indore Marathon
  • Tree plantation at ESIC Hospital
  • Computers sets donated to Government Middle School, Amona
  • Teaching facilities improved in schools
  • Women’s Day celebrations at Rajiv Nagar
  • Collaboration with Jansahas NGO to organise a programme on water, sanitation and hygiene at the Anwatpura school


  • Foods and clothes donated to Udavum Karangal orphanage
  • Mentoring and meeting with computer students and teachers at Somangalam school
  • Drawing competition for Katrambakkam school children
  • Speech competition for Katrambakkam school children
  • Eye camp sessions conducted for Katrambakkam school children
  • Sports day event conducted for Katrambakkam school children



  • Women in Science Awards – Annual awards partnership between Tata Africa Holdings and the Department of Science and Technology
  • Tata Postgraduate scholarships to students from the Universities of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), KwaZulu-Natal (KwaZulu-Natal), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan (Port Elizabeth), and Free State University (Free State)
  • Donation of Maths Dictionaries to Lofentse Girls School in Soweto, South Africa
  • Sapling planting and vegetable patch tending at Olivers’s Village in Benoni, South Africa
  • Volunteering at Herfsland Old Age Home, South Africa
  • Donation of braille papers to the St Henry Primary School in Kampala, Uganda
  • Volunteering at Casa da Algeria in Mozambique, set up by the Missionaries of Charity to support children without families and children infected with the AIDS virus
  • Volunteering at the Ndola Cheshire Home for Girls in Zambia
  • Silver sponsor of the Bridging for Life programme since 2014 for students from Namedi Secondary School in QwaQwa and Mokodi Secondary School in Soweto
  • Postgraduate Scholarship awarded to academically and financially deserving students from UFS in South Africa towards their postgraduate studies
  • JRD Tata Memorial Award, shield and cash prize conferred on the best performing student for the year 2017 at Roma Girls Secondary School in Zambia
  • Participation in Race For Life in support of cancer patients and KCCA schools in Uganda
  • Volunteering on Nelson Mandela International Day at the Qetang Bofuma Day Care Centre in Wattville, Germiston, South Africa
  • Participation in the 15 CellC Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative in South Africa
  • Fundraising towards fulfilling the dreams of children facing life-threatening illnesses through the Reach for a Dream Foundation, South Africa
  • Support to the Delpark Secondary School in Brakpan, Johannesburg
  • Volunteering at the Lions Upper Basic School for the Blind in Zambia
  • Supporting the Oliver’s Village Early Childhood Development Centre in Benoni
  • Volunteering at Larche, a home in Zimbabwe that cares for children with intellectual disabilities


  • Support to two early child development and special institutions, one at Can Tho City and another at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

Solar and Bicycles:

  • Bicycle donation at Municipal School in Mumbai by Tata Stryder team
  • Donation of school kits to schools affected in Kerala, including special schools
  • Construction of toilet for the girls equipped with modern facilities under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and a 45m long and 3m wide access road for Government school at Bhamer, near Solar site
  • Tree plantation at Solar site
  • Blood donation camps



  • Partnership to plant 7,000 trees to offset its carbon emission footprint
  • Chicago Ride for Autism Speaks

Kolkata and Vizag:

  • Blood donation
  • Eye camp


  • Employee contribution towards Kerala flood relief

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