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Tata Steel takes a leap to boost gender diversity

Jamshedpur , April 02, 2019

~ Women can now work at the Jamshedpur plant shopfloor between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm ~
~ The Company deploys 52 females in the Coke Plant and Electrical Repair shopfloor in two shifts ~
~ Creates new support structures, systems and processes conducive for a safe workplace for women ~

Adding yet another first to the long list of pioneering efforts in the field of human resources and employees' welfare, Tata Steel has opened up two shifts at its Jamshedpur steel plant shopfloor for women employees between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. Starting April 1, 2019, Tata Steel has deployed 52 female employees at its Coke Plant and Electrical Repair Shopfloor in Shifts A & B between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm through the week.

This is also the first major step taken by Tata Steel towards its plans to have women constitute 10% of its workforce on the shopfloor by 2025 and to create more avenues for women to grow in the technical/ manufacturing domain.  The new initiative to include women in the shopfloor follows the 2017 guidelines prescribed by the Government of Jharkhand that allows women to work in some shifts, provided adequate safety measures are put in place by employers.

Mr. Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, said, “We are happy to deploy this first batch of 52 women in the Coke Plant and Electrical Repair shopfloor of our Jamshedpur Plant. This demonstrates our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion and leveraging all opportunities to build high performing diverse teams. Going forward, we hope to expand this further to include more departments that will open-up for women.”

Ahead of this new and significant diversity and inclusion initiative, Tata Steel had conducted sensitisation sessions for the employees, set-up security systems, created women role models as ambassadors and met families of women to seek continued support and make this a success. The Company has created new and augmented existing facilities like creche, special conveyance, availability of lady doctors and attendants, canteen, restroom and washroom facilities, deployment of female security guards, CCTV surveillance systems and more.

Tata Steel has been constantly innovating and pioneering people practices in the realms of hiring, engagement, diversity & inclusion, rewards & recognition and performance management. In keeping with the changing times, the Company has introduced several path-breaking policies, practices and initiatives for various segments of the workforce like 5-day workweek, menstrual leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, satellite office operation and Take 2 (to provide a platform to the partners of the Tata Steel employees and women professionals who are on career break) to name a few.

The Company's Diversity & Inclusion Programme 'MOSAIC' is enabling diversity of gender, hiring & inclusion of PWDs (Persons with Disabilities), inclusion of LGBT and more.

In 2018, Tata Steel had flagged off its new brand campaign under theme of “We Also Make Tomorrow” to showcase its pioneering work in the areas of innovation, technology, and sustainability.

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 (MTPA). It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd). Currently, Tata Steel's consolidated India crude steel production capacity stands at 18.6 MnTPA.

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 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 has won several awards including the Prime Minister's Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, '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 Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2018), 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

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