Tata Steel announces winners of QUEERious 2.0, marking another successful edition
~ QUEERious is a first-of-its-kind case study competition in India for LGBTQIA+ students ~
~ QUEERious 2.0 saw a 240% surge over its last edition in registrations ~
Tata Steel today announced the winners of QUEERious 2.0, the second edition of its one-of-its-kind programme for LGBTQIA+ students. The programme provides a platform for LGBTQIA+ individuals in India to share their perspectives on corporate inclusion.
QUEERious demonstrates the corporate world's commitment to inclusivity and further reinforces Tata Steel's dedication to LGBTQIA+ inclusion, both internally and in society.
Building on the success of its inaugural edition, QUEERious initiative completed its yet another successful edition with even bigger scale and scope. The case study competition concluded with the finale held on August 25, 2023, and was attended by Tata Steel's senior leadership, including Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Chaitanya Bhanu, Vice President, Steel Manufacturing and Jaya Singh Panda, Chief Diversity Officer.
The top 3 winners received cash prizes of ₹50,000, ₹30,000, and ₹20,000, respectively. Beyond the monetary rewards, these winners, reflecting the promise of tomorrow, have been presented with the prospect of carving out their professional paths at Tata Steel through paid internships and PPO (pre-placement offers). Additionally, the finalists will be given paid internships and PPI (pre-placement interview) opportunities. QUEERious is decisively crafted to integrate LGBTQIA+ talent into the corporate sphere through critical case study resolutions and hands-on internships.
Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, said: “QUEERious 2.0 underscores Tata Steel's commitment to elevating LGBTQIA+ voices, fostering dialogue, and shaping inclusive corporate landscapes. The surge in edition-2 registrations reflects the community's eagerness to actively engage and contribute. QUEERious empowers through transformative journeys, carving pathways for individuals to shape their careers. Tata Steel's strong focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion shines as we continue to pioneer in fostering an inclusive workplace that values human capital.”
This year, Tata Steel unveiled QUEERious 2.0 on June 23, 2023, and the registration window ended on July 19, 2023. The competition garnered 1615 registrations from 117 campuses, a 240% jump from the previous edition. This year, Tata Steel also introduced team participation, adding a fresh dimension to the competition.
The second edition featured three compelling business case studies on ‘Diversity and Inclusion Case’, ‘Sustainable Steel Manufacturing and Decarbonisation Case’, and ‘Establishing Green Steel Ecosystem at Tata Steel’.
The last edition saw 10 finalists, with the top three receiving prize money of Rs.50,000, Rs.30,000, and Rs.20,000, respectively. All the 10 finalists were granted paid internships at Tata Steel, and four were extended Pre-Placement Offers.
QUEERious is becoming a catalyst for empowerment, ensuring that the LGBTQIA+ community finds representation and takes an active role in shaping the corporate narrative. The meticulously crafted structure of the challenge, from its inception to the rewarding conclusion, underscores the Company's dedication to excellence and celebrating meritocracy.
Tata Steel's unwavering belief is that an organisation should mirror the society it serves. The Company has consistently championed Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. A significant milestone in this journey has been the recruitment of transgender individuals as Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) Operators, making Tata Steel the first Indian company to achieve this. The Company has successfully onboarded over 100 transgender individuals across various divisions, further solidifying its mission to enable an inclusive workplace.
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About Tata Steel
- Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 35 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$30.3 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2023.
- A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 77,000.
- Tata Steel has announced its major sustainability objectives including Net Zero Carbon by 2045, Net Zero Water consumption by 2030, improving Ambient Air Quality and No Net loss in Biodiversity by 2030.
- The Company has been on a multi-year digital-enabled business transformation journey intending to be the leader in ‘Digital Steel making by 2025’. The Company has received the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants.
- Tata Steel aspires to have 25% diverse workforce by 2025. The Company has been recognised with the World Economic Forum’s Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Lighthouse 2023.
- The Company has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016.
- Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Plant is India’s first site to receive ResponsibleSteelTM Certification.
- Received Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, 2023 Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for six years in a row, 2022 ‘Supplier Engagement Leader’ recognition by CDP, Top performer in Iron and Steel sector in Dun & Bradstreet's India's top 500 companies 2022, No. 1 brand in India in the Mining and Metals industry in Top 100 brand rankings for 2023 by Brand Finance, and ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute.
- Received 2022 ERM Global Award of Distinction, ‘Masters of Risk’ - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.
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