Global challenges of our time, including climate change, refugee crises, political instability and widening inequality, demand urgent action. For the private sector to navigate through this shifting landscape, it must not only understand and respond to these trends but also demonstrate its commitment to developing sustainable products, services and responsible business practices.
For nearly 150 years, the Tata group has been committed to the Founder’s vision of sustainability that “in a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business but is in fact the very purpose of its existence.” It makes sense then that the group is a keen partner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2030 development agenda and the SDGs are ambitious targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Fulfilling these ambitions will require an unprecedented level of collaboration and commitment by all stakeholders in society. In particular, the group believes that the private sector has an essential role to play in charting a new course to a sustainable future.
In order to inspire others to join in the dream of a better world, the Tata group created a report to provide a glimpse of how group companies, and most importantly its employees, are working towards all seventeen of the SDGs across the globe. The report is a testament to the fact that every company, regardless of size or industry, can offer a significant contribution to the SDGs. Reproduced below are a few examples from the report to illustrate some of the ways Tata companies have contributed.
Jaguar Land Rover — tackling the global STEM skills crisis
The shortage of newly-qualified engineers has been a major issue for the automotive industry globally. In 1998, Jaguar Land Rover launched its ’Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ school STEM education programme that promoted engineering and manufacturing careers among young people across the UK. The programme reinforced learning in a real-world environment by challenging them to build and race model vehicles using engineering principles. The programme is now being rolled out in schools globally and has engaged 2.9 million young people to date.
Tata Motors — combating malnutrition
High prevalence of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) among children under five in rural and urban areas of the Indian city of Jharkhand posed a serious threat of rising infant mortality. In response, Tata Motors established a malnutrition treatment centre (MTC) at its Jamshedpur site, in collaboration with UNICEF and the National Rural Health Mission. Dedicated manpower, including doctors, paramedics and administrative staff, were made available for the MTC round-the-clock. Subsequently Tata Motors established 89 MTCs spread across various districts of the state. More than 1,000 SAM children have now been successfully treated and their primary care givers have been trained in proper child care.
Tata Global Beverages (TGB) — sustainably transforming the tea industry
TGB has had an active sustainability agenda for many years, sourcing its teas from across the world from producers who meet good social and environmental standards. It began working with the Ethical Tea Partnership, as one of the founding members in 1997, to help achieve this. TGB is committed to sourcing 100 percent from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms for all their Tetley-branded teas in Europe, Middle East Africa, Canada, America and Australia. They are also the founding members of the Trustea Initiative in India, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Tea Board of India, to sustainably transform the Indian tea industry.
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