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Tata Steel at Noamundi organises a seminar on women in the changing world of work

Noamundi, January 12, 2018

In line with its effort towards Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Tata Steel’s Ore Mines & Quarries (OMQ) Division today organised a seminar titled “Udaan” for women employees at JRDTTI Auditorium, Noamundi. The seminar was inaugurated by Ms Ruchi Narendran, who graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

The seminar was organised with an objective of appreciating the uniqueness that women bring in the changing world of work. Recognising the positive impact of gender diversity, Tata Steel launched a comprehensive and far-reaching D&I programme called MOSAIC in June 2015.The seminar was organised by the women employees of OMQ Division.

Appreciating the initiative, Ms Narendran said: “Women have always had it in themselves to overcome any challenge. This seminar in the form of knowledge sharing sessions, is indeed a special intervention by Tata Steel to educate, sensitize and promote gender diversity.

In a day-long programme, 7 women speakers, namely, Ms Margaret Hepworth, Peace Educator and Director of The Gandhi Experiment, Melbourne, Australia; Ms Namreta Chadha, Lawyer, Bhubaneshwar; Ms Vidya Nair, Partnership and Co-creation, LEAD India, Delhi; Ms Mona Yadav, Co-Founder, NGO Sahas, Delhi; Ms Anamika Majumdar, KBC winner, Jamshedpur; and Ms Mousumi Das Ghosh, Gynecologist, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, shared their experiences with participants. This was followed by outdoor team building activities for women. The seminar focused on having a positive outlook at workplace, understanding the essentials to assertiveness, dealing with difficult situations and polishing the art of understanding the unspoken message like body language and active listening. Total 200 women employees from all locations of Tata Steel participated in the seminar. The welcome address was given by Mr Pankaj Satija, Chairperson, Raw Materials, MOSAIC.

Ms Margaret Hepworth, expressing her views said: In order to empower women, we also need empower men. The world is changing and initiatives like these are going to shape-up a better tomorrow.

As part of D&I, Tata Steel at OMQ Division has been organising many programmes on team building, work-life balance, effective communication, women rights and financial planning for women. Gender diversity is something the Division has been focusing on for the last few years and has come a long way in addressing the subject.

In Tata Steel, several initiatives have been taken to build an equitable environment and diverse workplace. MOSAIC is a driver towards this goal. It defines the path the company should take to build a people oriented culture that both celebrates and encourages D&I. It is also one of the steps towards Sustainable Development Goal of UN to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.

Present on the occasion were Ms Meeta Singhal, Ms Ekta Satija, Ms Seema Dhall, Ms Anu Mali, Ms Nitu Srivastava and senior officials of the company.   

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Ethisphere Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.

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