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Tata Steel Foundation bags BRICS Solutions for SDGs Award 2021 for its coveted programme ‘MANSI’

Jamshedpur, September 02, 2021

Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) added yet another feather to its cap as it bagged the BRICS Solutions for SDGs Award this year. The Foundation’s one of the most coveted initiatives, Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI), has been declared as the winner in SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being category.

The BRICS Solutions for SDGs Awards 2021 recognises initiatives aimed at achieving SDGs especially through innovative solutions across the BRICS nations. The winners were selected basis comprehensive evaluation criteria of compliance, efficiency, uniqueness, coverage, replicability, and quality of description.

Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said: “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. This award is dedicated to all the Sahiyyas who have saved lives of countless newborns and build a culture where the well-being of women and children is a priority, even during a pandemic. It is also a reaffirmation of the commitment of each member of our team towards better societal outcomes and motivates us to reach out to many more through the Tata Steel Foundation.”

The winning entry ‘MANSI’ engages in enhancing the capacity of the village-based healthcare system (embedded in villages through government health volunteers called ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) or Sahiyyas in Jharkhand) by training them on parameters which would address the root causes and underlying reasons for neonates and infant mortality. The initiative covers around 2.2 lakh households across Seraikela-Kharsawan (8 blocks) and West Singhbhum (2 blocks) districts in Jharkhand and Keonjhar (2 blocks) district in Odisha.

To reduce the response time to address high risk cases, MANSI introduced a technical innovation – Operation Sunshine in June 2018. This digital tracking system enables a seamless monitoring of high-risk cases of mothers and newborns on real-time basis. This digital solution and innovation have facilitated the continuation of sustainable development agenda even in the backdrop of the pandemic. MANSI is implemented by TSF in a Public-Private-Partnership model with American India Foundation (AIF) and National Health Mission.

The programme is designed to leverage government schemes, building the capacity of existing public health system and strengthening of its processes to enable a sustainable setup. Further, the continuous support from the programme partners, gravity of the development challenges being addressed and involvement of the Sahiyyas have made this programme a successful model capable of being replicated and scaled up.

 About Tata Steel Foundation

Instituted on August 16, 2016, Tata Steel Foundation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited. A Section 8 company with over 600 members, it is spread across 11 units and two states of Jharkhand and Odisha. With a Vision to create an enlightened and equitable society, the Foundation is committed towards playing a larger role in India’s sustainable development by embedding wider economic, social, and environmental objectives through its programmes.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. 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 $21.06 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.

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 has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, featured amongst CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2020, received rating of ‘A-‘ (leadership band) from CDP for its Climate Change disclosure and Supply Chain disclosure, Steel Sustainability Champion 2020 recognition from worldsteel, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) from CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.

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