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Tata steel pays homage to its Founder J N Tata on his 182nd birth anniversary

Jamshedpur, March 03, 2021

Tata Steel paid homage to its Founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata on his 182nd Birth Anniversary, today. Present on the occasion were Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons; N Chandrasekaran, Chairman Tata Sons; T V Narendran, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Steel; Koushik Chatterjee, Executive Director and CFO, Tata Steel; Vice Presidents of Tata Steel, Union office bearers, and other dignitaries.

Homage to the founder was paid by over 30 contingents representing various divisions and departments of Tata Steel and Tata Steel group companies at the Works Main Gate inside the Tata Steel premises in Jamshedpur.

This year, the celebrations were subdued in view of COVID-19. However, the spirit to pay homage to the Founder was intact and there were few programmes, albeit with limited physical participation, organised to mark the occasion. The Founder`s Day celebrations at Jamshedpur Works was also live streamed for employees as well as for a select group of Jamshedpur citizens.

In his address to the citizens of Jamshedpur at Bistupur Postal Park, N Chandrasekaran wished the people of Jamshedpur on the occasion and congratulated them for their collective resolve and commitment to a better tomorrow. He said: “The last 12 months have been very difficult, challenging and all of us have gone through some kind of hardships. In spite of all that, both Tata Steel and the citizens of Jamshedpur have come together, worked together, to fight this pandemic in the most befitting way.”

N Chandrasekaran mentioned that the Tata Group, under the leadership of Ratan Tata, committed significant financial resources and engaged in a number of activities to aid in food, healthcare, etc. in this past year. He wholeheartedly thanked the frontline workers, TMH staff, the CSR team and every citizen of Jamshedpur for actively playing their role in safeguarding the workers and the community.

The Founder’s Day celebrations were organised across the Tata Steel’s plant locations and offices. At the Kalinganagar Plant, the event included march-past and flower tribute to the founder.

On March 2, 2021, the Academy Building of Naval Tata Hockey Academy, GraphITI Centre - one of the world’s largest single site Graphene Production unit with a production capacity of 100 TPA - at the Indian Steel and Wire Products Limited, and Tata Steel Gateway Structure at Telephone Exchange Gate in Jamshedpur, were inaugurated by Ratan Tata and N Chandrasekaran in the presence of T V Narendran. 

On the eve of Founder’s Day, the illumination at the Founder's Statue in Jubilee Park was inaugurated by N Chandrasekaran where he along with other dignitaries also paid homage to the Founder. In view of the pandemic, there was limited lighting of the Park to avoid public gathering. Over a dozen heritage buildings and 30 plus roundabouts across Jamshedpur will be illuminated for the period - March 2 to March 5, 2021.

Like previous years, an exhibition at Steelenium Hall inside Jamshedpur Works was also organised. This year’s exhibition was on the theme "Accelerating to the future: Learning from the pandemic and pioneering a new operating paradigm". Shining cases on the journey of Tata Steel including aspects of technology leadership, organisational agility and more that have enabled the Company to pioneer a new operating paradigm, were displayed by various departments and divisions of Tata Steel.

In view of the pandemic, the sporting activities at JRD Sports Complex was also restricted to “no contact” sports like running, long jump and race walk.

The theme of this year’s Founder`s Day was “Agile today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.  Successful organisations including Tata Steel have acknowledged the critical need for agility in workplace culture and environment. Agility has been always at the forefront and a key attribute for leaders as well as employees to adapt and effect change swiftly. Tata Steel has built an ecosystem that enables employees and stakeholders to explore new horizons, learn from failures while fostering a culture of innovation and excellence. These endeavours have enabled institutions like Tata Steel to become sustainable over time.  

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 (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

A Great Place to Work-Certified 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 Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, 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, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 by ICAI, among several others.

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Sarvesh Kumar

Chief, Corporate Communications

Tata Steel