Tata Steel bags award on AIDS work

Jamshedpur, June 1: Tata Steel was awarded the TERI Corporate Award for its initiatives for HIV/AIDS.

The award was given away by Union minister of commerce and industry Kamal Nath at a function held in New Delhi last evening. The award was given in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), an international co-operation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, to recognise and mainstream corporate leadership for HIV/AIDS intervention.

From The Telegraph, Calcutta.

H.K. Gardin, the head (family initiatives), corporate sustainability services, received the award on behalf of Tata Steel.

The award was given in recognition for the steel major’s initiatives and progress made on the same in the last financial year. Tata Steel had applied in category III (as the company’s turnover is more than Rs 500 crore).

Chief of corporate communications Sanjay Choudhry said the award was yet another recognition for the company and its commitment to providing better standards of living for the communities it operates in.

“The selection criteria for receiving the award was an analysis of the objective of the study, response to the needs of the community, process of implementation, difference made by the programme to the community and sustainability component of the programme,” he said.

A team of experts from TERI, Jyotsna Bapat, Atanu Sarkar and Sophia Lonappan, had visited the city for an on-the-spot survey. They interacted with the stakeholders and also held meetings with them.

The health and safety of the employees and the community is extremely critical for Tata Steel and is enshrined in the company’s vision.

It has taken proactive steps in AIDS prevention by spreading awareness not only among its employees, but also the community at large so that the inhabitants of Jamshedpur and other locations, remain safe.

Tata Steel has evolved a corporate sector model to prevent the spread of STD/HIV/AIDS, globally and nationally. This model is being shared through forums like ILO, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Global Compact Initiatives, National AIDS Control Organisation and Jharkhand AIDS Prevention Consortium.

This programme extends to the rural and urban populace residing in and around Jamshedpur.

Tata Steel is one of the founding members of Global Business Coalition, which is an alliance of over a hundred major international companies dedicated to combating the disease.

The prestigious Global Business Coalition Award for 2003 for Business Excellence was conferred on Tata Steel for its response to the epidemic and its outstanding HIV/AIDS awareness activities in the steel city and its adjoining areas.

The award is conferred on companies who have evolved best practices on HIV/AIDS prevention, especially to reduce the stigma and discrimination.

In 2007, TERI introduced the Corporate Awards to Business Response to HIV/AIDS in collaboration with GTZ.

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