Mr. Ratan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Group explains that "The Philosophy of Corporate Social Responsibility as practiced by Tata Group is a legacy of its founders. The multitude of community initiatives the group has sowed and fostered from its earliest days flows from this wellspring of voluntary, as opposed to obligatory commitment."
Tata Power, following the thoughts of Founder and Chairman, has taken up various community initiatives. It has set up a dedicated Community Relations (CR) department that is guided by its senior leadership and Sustainability Advisory Council. Pursuing an inclusive approach,
Tata Power believes in integrating its business values into operations to meet the expectations of its stakeholders. Communities, ranging from those villages around its plants to those employed by its contractors and suppliers, constitute important stakeholders.
Tata Power will continue to serve its communities by:
Tata Power has an employee volunteering guideline for encouraging employees to give their time, skill and other resources voluntarily for community welfare. The guideline while maintaining flexibility to encourage volunteers, standardises the volunteering process
To enhance culture of "giving" through Volunteering amongst employees for public good
Any action by an employee for public good by giving time, skill and other resources is known as "Volunteering."
This guideline is applicable to all current and retired employees irrespective of organisational hierarchy, social and economic backgrounds and indeed celebrates the unity of giving in the diversity of situations in which they exist. It would apply to The Tata Power Company Limited in India in the first phase. All the volunteering activities should be secular and apolitical. While every Volunteer brings in time, skills and other resources during the act of volunteering, the intent is also to demonstrate Tata Power's values in the process. The volunteering activity should not go against the interest of the Company's present and future projects. All volunteers (individual and Company) need to follow the Tata Code of Conduct (TCoC) while carrying out volunteering activities. CR would facilitate this.
Types of Volunteering
Rewards and Recognitions
Awards would be given to employee volunteers at location level where as award would be given to best location at the corporate level. A jury will decide the awards based on performance, information provided by volunteers and locations and field visit to the site if required.
Location Level Award: Interested volunteers would need to apply for this through the location CR Head as advised from time to time.
Corporate Level Award: This would be decided by a jury at the corporate level and would be based on monthly data that flows to Corporate CR from locations and information given as per embedded brief guidelines. It would be planned in December of each year co-terminus with the International Volunteering Day.
The Community Relations of Tata Power is operating in 176 villages of 14 districts in seven states of India. It covers 50,353 households and 2,80,826 population, where 30% belongs SCs and STs (12% Scheduled Caste - SC and 18% Scheduled Tribe -ST) and 41% Other Backward Classes (OBC) and the remaining 29% belong to General community.
The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of "human development". Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of human development that measures the achievement in a geographic area in three basic dimensions of human development such as Income, Health and Education. A comparison of this index performance in districts where Tata Power has presence with the states in which they reside has been made.