Tata Steel becomes the first in the country to deploy women in all shifts in Mines
~ The Company takes a leap to boost gender diversity, recruits and deploys ten women officers at its Noamundi Iron mine ~
Tata Steel has added yet another feather in its pursuit of excellence in gender diversity by deploying women mining engineers at its Noamundi Iron mine in all the shifts. The Company has recruited ten women officers from across disciplines including mining, electrical, mechanical and mineral processing engineers, to support this pioneering effort.
Tata Steel is the first company in India to deploy women in all shifts in mines; and OMQ (Ore, Mines & Quarries) division becomes the first division in Tata Steel to deploy women in all shifts with effect from September 1, 2019. Earlier, the Company started two shifts at its Jamshedpur plant shopfloor for women employees from April 1, 2019. A total of 52 female employees were deployed at its Coke Plant and Electrical Repair Shopfloor in Shifts A and B between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm through the week.
In line with the Company’s target of having 20% women officers in the workforce by 2025 and the recent modifications in the Law, the Human Resource Management division and the Raw Material division have undertaken an initiative called “Women @ Mines”. This initiative will focus on four aspects namely Communication, Amenities, Recruitment of Women: officers and non-officers, and Tejaswini 2.0. This follows the Central Government’s decision (vide Gazette notification dated January 29, 2019) to exempt the women employment in any mine above ground and in any mine below ground from the provisions of Section 46 of the Mines Act, 1952.
Mr. Arun Misra, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, said: “We are extremely happy to deploy women in mines. We respect uniqueness of individuals to create a diverse and inclusive workforce by having access to a wider talent pool. We are enhancing our facilities to recruit more women in all sections of our mines.”
“There is a clear business case for employing women in mines as it leads to generation of new innovative ideas and perspectives,” added Mr. Misra.
All the norms stipulated by Directorate General Of Mines Safety (DGMS) are being adhered to ensure effective deployment of women at the mines. A written consent from each women employee has been obtained prior to the deployment. Adequate facilities and safeguards regarding occupational safety, security and health of the female employees have been considered and arranged for. A slew of measures including sanitary vending machines, canteens for women, rest rooms, deployment of women in groups of not less than three in a shift, female security guards, transportation facilities, and more are being put in place to aid the process. A set of robust security measures, including GPS & CCTV monitoring, have been implemented.
Presently, the deployment is for officers, non-officers and contract employee categories. In the first phase, the mining engineers and plant engineers have been deployed in few key sections of Noamundi mine and this will be progressively extended to all areas going forward.
Tata Steel is committed to diversity and inclusion and will continue to invest in creating new support structures, systems and processes to enable this. The entire ecosystem is being developed for making life comfortable for women working in mines. Deployment of women security personnel in the same shift has also been planned. OMQ division will soon launch ‘Tejaswini 2.0’ - an initiative to provide technical training to unskilled women workers and enable them to work in core jobs at mines. Deployment of women drivers, sanitation staff, canteen dispensation teams, are also in the offing.
Tata Steel thrives in a culture of respect, inclusion and diversity, making significant progress in the field of gender equality and strategising for far more. Its pioneering employee welfare measures are matters of record. The Company’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programme started taking shape with the launch of a diversity group called ‘MOSAIC’ in June 2015. MOSAIC facilitates diversity of gender, hiring and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), LGBT plus and more. MOSAIC focuses on five pillars, namely, infrastructure, sensitisation, recruitment, retention & development and celebrations.
In keeping with the changing times, the Company has introduced several path-breaking policies, practices and initiatives for various segments of the workforce like five-day workweeks, menstrual leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, satellite office operation, amongst others.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).
A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.
Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. 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 has won several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.
In 2018, the Company launched a corporate brand campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow www.wealsomaketomorrow.com
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