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Tata Steel celebrates World Environment Day 2018

Mumbai, June 05, 2018

~ The steel giant won the first prize in the ‘Large Industry’ category for its exemplary work done towards environment protection, improvement and awareness, award received for the fifth consecutive year ~
~ The day was marked by a host of events across the organisation, June month to be observed as Sustainability month ~

Tata Steel, in its continuous endeavour towards shaping a sustainable future, today celebrated World Environment Day (WED) 2018 across various locations, plants and division, focusing on the UN 2018 theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

The Company is committed to continue its journey to improve biodiversity, mitigate climate change, enhance environmental care, optimize resource and energy efficiency, solid waste utilization, and significantly reduce plastic waste for improving the quality of lives.

On this occasion, the Company unveiled an innovative “Break up with Plastic” campaign aimed at raising community awareness about replacing non-recyclable plastic with environment friendly materials.

Tata Steel, today, won the 1st prize in the ‘Large Industry’ category for its exemplary work done towards environment protection, improvement and awareness. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Company has won award from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) and Department of Forest, Environment & Climate Change. Mr Sanjiv Paul, Vice President, Safety, Health & Sustainability, Tata Steel received the award from Shri Raghubar Das, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand, during an event organised today in Ranchi. “It is a privilege to be recognised for our contribution toward environment protection. Such awards only inspire us to work with renewed vigour in this important field,” said Mr Sanjiv Paul, Vice President, Safety, Health & Sustainability, Tata Steel.

Tata Steel participated in an exhibition at the Khelgaon Stadium, Hotwar, Ranchi. The exhibition was organised by the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Govt. of Jharkhand in collaboration with the JSPCB. The Company also participated in the WED 2018 Exhibition at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The pavilion was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India.

As a Climate Action Member of the World Steel Association, endorsing the United Nations Global Compact's SDGs and CEO Water Mandate, Tata Steel continues to remain focused on conserving the environment and encouraging sustainable development. In sync with the UN initiative, Tata Steel observes June as a sustainability month every year to promote a sustainable society. This is supported by a host of activities spread over the months of May and June that are aimed at raising awareness and building environmental consciousness.

As a responsible global organisation, we are passionate about sustainable development, and aligned with global nature conservation efforts in reducing the use of non-recyclable plastic. We are committed to making our facilities significantly plastic-free and safer for all our stakeholders. Every individual can beat plastic pollution by making use of alternatives and make a difference,” said Mr Paul on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018.

Glimpses of WED Celebration at different locations of Tata Steel:

Tata Steel Kalinganagar (TSK) observed the World Environment Day 2018 by undertaking several activities including plantation of saplings, generating awareness on environmental sustainability through programmes like posters and drawing competitions amongst school children as well as quiz competition for employees.

The observance was in keeping with the global theme for this year’s World Environment Day: “Beat Plastic Pollution” - If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.

Mr Rajiv Kumar, Vice-President Operations, Tata Steel Kalinganagar graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the World Environment Day function organised at the Capability Development Training Centre premises of TSK.

Ore Mines and Quarries (OMQ) Division of Tata Steel at Noamundi celebrated World Environment Day by organising a host of programmes across Noamundi covering all stakeholder groups.

Mr Himanshu Sarangi, Head Processing, Noamundi Iron Mine, Tata Steel graced the occasion as Chief Guest along with Mr P K Choudhary, Senior Scientist, National Jute Board, Ministry of Textile, Government of India who graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.
Students from SABAL – Centre for Abilities, took active part in the celebration and organised a rally from Sangramsai gate to Noamundi Petrol Pump. The rally was massively supported by school children, Tata Steel employees, associated contactors and local villagers. More than 600 people participated in the awareness rally cum massive plantation drive.

A total of 900 saplings were planted on the occasion near Bottom Bin area. The event saw enthusiastic participation from PRERNA Mahila Samiti of Noamundi. Nuadda Natak and environmental song on ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ was staged by SABAL students, which was much appreciated by all.  

Addressing the gathering, Mr Choudhary said: “Use of Jute in operational areas of Tata Steel’s OMQ Division will bring about a refreshing change as it helps in fast vegetation growth. Initiatives like these make the difference to our environment. I am glad to be associated with Tata Steel on this occasion. I salute the effort put in by all especially students from SABAL.

Painting, quiz, slogan, poster competitions were organised for school children along with poster, slogan and poem competition for employees in a week long build up toward this year’s world Environment Day. All the winners were honored during a prize distribution ceremony. People from the community who have been actively working for environmental cause in and around Noamundi were also honored for their good work.   

Present on the occasion were Mr Anand Bihar, Ranger, Noamundi, Mr Allen Joseph, Unit Head, Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Noamundi, Mr S S Rout, Head Processing & Logistics, Noamundi Iron Mine, Tata Steel, Dr Dhirendra Kumar, Chief Medical Officer, Tata Steel Hospital, Noamundi, Mr Vinayak Deshpandey, Senior Manager, Environment, OMQ, Tata Steel along with people from the community. 

West Bokaro
To celebrate the WED2018, Tata Steel’s West Bokaro Division started the day with an awareness rally in which more than 200 students from various schools participated. The objective of the rally was to spread awareness about environment protection, sustenance and eco-conscious growth.

The rally concluded with mass plantation drive done by the officials of Tata Steel, Union members and school children. Mr Sanjay Kumar Singh, General Manager (Coal), Tata Steel graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

Later in the day, an inter-village quiz competition was organized for the school children in JRD Tata park where students of 5 peripheral villages participated.

The day’s event concluded with a captivating nukkad-natak on environment protection by the students of Vivekanand Public School, West Bokaro at the park.

In Jharia division, around 230 saplings of 46 varieties of medicinal plant were planted in Triangular Park, Jamadoba to mark the celebration of WED2018.

Mr Sanjay Kumar Singh, General Manager (Coal), Tata Steel planted a sapling of Awla on the occasion.

To create awareness among the school children, various competitions like Sit & Draw, Quiz and Elocution were organised with more than 150 students participating in the competition.

A technical deliberation on “Beat Plastic Pollution” was also organised today by The Institute of Engineers (India), Dhanbad Local Centre in association with Tata Steel Jharia Division.  The programme was organised at Professional Training Institute, Jamadoba.

The Chief Guest of the occasion was Er. K. Nageshwar Rao, Deputy Director General of Mines Safety, Central Zone, DGMS, Dhanbad. Mr Sanjay Kumar Singh, General Manager (Coal), Tata Steel presided over the function as the Guest of Honour. Technical papers from IIT ISM Dhanbad and Tata Steel were also presented during the programme.

Like every year, around 5000 fruit bearing plants such as Coconut, Mango, Guava, Chiku, Papaya, Lemon were distributed to employees of Jharia Division on the occasion.

World Environment Day at Joda was celebrated in association with Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), Keonjhar.

Mr Pushkar Chandra Behera, Regional Officer, OSPCB, Keonjhar graced the occasion as Chief Guest and flagged-off a rally on environment.

Among others, senior officials of Tata Steel and employees of Tata Steel Rural Development Society and Union officials of Tata Steel and team from OSPCB participated.

As part of the celebration, different types of competitions and programmes like drawing, slogan, best out of waste, match stick rangoli, door to door awareness, paper bag and dustbin distribution etc. were organised to create awareness in the community at Joda and Khondbond area.

About Tata Steel                  
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2018. 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 $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Tata Steel retained Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel was felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2018) and ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018). The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the sixth time (2018), Steel Sustainability Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2017 & 2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2017) as well as 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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