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Human Rights

Tata Steel is committed to improving the quality of life of the communities where it operates globally based on the ethos of the Tata Group - ‘Leadership with Trust’.  We are committed to respecting, protecting, and upholding the human rights of all our rightsholders across our value chain.

Key commitments on human rights

Our commitments under the Tata Steel Business and Human Rights Policy state:

Tata Steel shall recognise individuals and communities as holders of human rights and shall:

  • Constitute a governance structure to oversee human rights commitments
  • Integrate an approach that respects and protects human rights in business strategy and risk frameworks
  • Foster an understanding of human rights across all rightsholders of the business
  • Advocate protection of human rights from adverse impacts resulting from or caused by business
  • Set up a fair, transparent and consultative remediation framework to address adverse human rights impacts
  • Disclose progress on human rights performance in line with national and/or global reporting frameworks

Committed to upholding human rights

Identification of key rightsholders

Tata Steel defines a rightsholder as a person whose human rights can potentially be impacted by the operations of the organisation and, accordingly, the following six categories of rightsholders have been identified, namely:

  • Tata Steel personnel - which shall mean any person working for, or on behalf of the Company
  • Contract workforce
  • Communities impacted by the Company's operations
  • Consumers/customers of the Company's products and services
  • Employees of value chain partners such as suppliers/vendors, dealers, distributors, sales representatives, franchisees, et al
  • Family members of Tata Steel personnel

Women@Mines initiative to drive women participation in the manufacturing sector

Identification and assessment of salient human rights issues

We have identified 14 human rights issues as priorities to be addressed across the value chain:

No child labour

Equal opportunity

Fair wages

No Forced labour

Health and safety

Human rights value chain

Land rights settlement and rehabilitation


Right to clear air and water

Right to privacy

Rights of indigenous persons

Rights of migrant labours

Rights of persons with disabilities

No Contemporary forms of slavery