Tata International teams reiterate commitment to Ethics in run-up to Foundation Day
December 15, 2017
Tata International offices across geographies celebrated Ethics Week, leading up to the 55th Foundation Day of the company on November 30, 2017. Mr Ajay Ponkshe, Chief Ethics Counsellor of Tata International, led the initiative, supported by all Location Ethics Counsellors.
Ethics Week was celebrated from November 27 – December 1, 2017 with a host of exciting, motivating and engaging activities. The focus is to create awareness on the importance of Ethics in the Tata culture and values, and reiterate Tata International’s commitment to ethics.
Globally, a series of activities were conducted. These included the 2017 edition of i-Run for Ethics, an annual event that is now in its third year. Teams across geographies also conducted activities aimed at cascading the Tata Code of Conduct (TCoC).
A series of knowledge-sharing events were planned for everyone to benefit, with contests and quizzes on the knowledge of ethics. Interactive sessions aimed at enabling employees to internalise the tenets of the TCoC have been organised. Engagement activities, including indoor and outdoor sports, the annual i-Run for Ethics, led by Location Ethics Counsellors, entertainment programmes and activities that will inspire creativity were held.
Contests such as the ‘Ethics-based Case Study Competition’ and a quiz based on the TCoC were conducted for employees globally and saw good participation.
All the activities were planned as part of the Foundation Day celebrations. The Mumbai team also organised indoor games such as table tennis, carom, arm wrestling; sporting activities such as box cricket.
As a part of the Ethics Month celebrations, Mr R Nanda, Chief Human Resources Officer at Tata Chemicals, conducted an interactive session with the senior leadership team on means to further perpetuate the TCoC and shared key insights into managing and evangelising ethics in the ecosystem.
The session was held on November 27, 2017, in Mumbai and a number of senior leaders and Ethics Counsellors from various locations across geographies joined in through video conference. He also shared his experience in this field.
Mr Virendra Gupte, Consultant, conducted workshops on TCoC and Ethics for the Mumbai team. He also addressed the Kolkata team on video conference.
The activities culminated on November 30 with Foundation Day celebrations.
Every year, all location offices plan activities that boost participation and employee engagement. Some of the events organised in the past have included volunteering and donation, tree plantation drives and interactions with stakeholders to share insights on the Tata commitment to ethics.
Aligning with the Tata group’s philosophy, Tata International believes in upholding the highest ethical standards. The business conduct is guided by the tenets of the TCoC, and employees and associates are expected to be aligned to the Code in letter and spirit so as to preserve the group’s legacy, protect its reputation and continuously earn the trust of the stakeholders.