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CSR News: Tata Motors spent INR 25.19 crore on social investments in FY 2019-20

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Tata Motors has released its Corporate Social Responsibility report 2019-20 which states that the automobile manufacturer’s total social investment in FY 2019-20 was ₹ 25.19 crore of which ₹ 22.91 crore were toward CSR Programmes & Projects, drinking water projects that are mainstreamed in CSR agenda and one-time investment towards disaster response. Over 8.3 lakh people benefitted from the company’s community programmes in the last financial year.
A sum of ₹ 22.91 crore was spent on the CSR programmes which are deployed in the project mode and are part of our Common Minimum Programmes (CMP) and Location Specific Programmes (LSP). In addition, a sum of ₹ 1.62 crore was dedicated towards Maharashtra Flood Response Programme. This sum was mobilised through voluntary contribution from the employees.
In line with the Tata Group’s vision of promoting community well-being, Tata Motors has actively implemented initiatives under its key thrust areas of Health (Aarogya), Education (Vidyadhanam), Employability (Kaushalya) and Environment (Vasundhara) and the Rural Development. The scope and the depth of the CSR programmes of the company have consistently increased and has positively touched 8.3 lakh lives in FY19-20, out of which nearly 41% belong to the SC and ST communities.
Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors said, “As we enter the 75th year of Tata Motors, I share with immense pride that our collective CSR efforts over the last decade have made a positive difference to the lives of 5 million people across India. Our role has progressively grown from being just a resource provider to a facilitator and now an enabler for driving positive change.”
Snapshot of the company’s CSR initiatives across key pillars:

Building and Strengthening Healthcare Facilities ‘AROGYA’

In FY20, 3.9 lakh people benefitted from the health initiative ‘Aarogya’, which aims to curb malnutrition through facilitation of clean drinking water to remote communities and by provision of preventive/ curative health services. Over 74% of the acute undernourished children treated by Tata Motors are now in a healthy status. Water security ensured for around 21,666 individuals through company’s National Drinking Water Programme titled ‘Amrutdhara’.
The company has also laid down a strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to assist those who have been impacted most by the lockdown. The company is achieving this by provision of essentials, equipping the heroes on frontline with protective gear and education masses on ways to prevent transmission. This direct assistance benefitted 1.5 lakh people including migrants, daily wage earners who lost livelihood, and those who were left stranded or forced to seek shelter in transit camps.

Augmenting Education System ‘VIDYADHANAM’

Over 1.5 lakh students were engaged through the education initiative ‘Vidyadhanam’, which focuses on improving the academic performance of secondary/college going students through targeted approach by instituting need-based financial support, special coaching classes, etc. These initiatives have led to an improvement in pass percentage from 55% in 2015 to 80% in FY20. More than 44% students scored above 60% in their 10th standard pre-board exams in FY20.
During the year, the company also collaborated with Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNVs), to coach over 400 students for JEE and NEET entrance exams. Tata Motors is the first corporate in India to support IIT Bombay under Affirmative Action (AA) for Financial Aid Programme (FAP).

Enhancing programmes on Employability ‘KAUSHALYA’

Over 1 lakh people were trained through under employability initiative ‘Kaushalya’, which focuses on training unemployed youth in three segments viz. auto trades, non-auto trades and agriculture & allied activities. 63% of the people have found employment (or are self-employed) resulting in an annual increase in family income by ₹1 lakh.
The company also engages with community-based groups of women and farmers and helps them earn supplementary income through agriculture and allied programmes.

Environmental programmes ‘VASUNDHARA’

Close to 1.2 lakh new saplings were planted across Tata Motors plant locations through and ensured their survival rate remained significantly high (i.e. 71%) despite prolonged rains last Monsoon. Through the environmental awareness programmes, over 91,000 people (mostly young children) were sensitised about this cause. The company also encourage communities to adopt alternate sources of energy.

Integrated Village Development

With a focus on the holistic development of a tribal village/hamlet, Tata Motor collaborated with Sahabhag (the CSR Cell of Government of Maharashtra) to run a pilot project that improved the quality of 3000 tribal lives of Pathardi gram panchayat in Jawhar block of Palghar district. 70% of the resources for village development came from the government.

Volunteering Programme

The Tata Motors Employee Volunteering Programme also saw a surge in volunteering hours with more employee participation and deeper engagement in various community welfare initiatives. More than 50% of the 28000 employees participated and invested over 1.1 lakh volunteering hours for social causes, a 67% increase over the previous year.
Two exceptional natural occurrences during the year necessitated extraordinary interventions. Ferocious floods in Maharashtra caused extensive damage to life and livelihoods, demanding a substantial relief effort to support the ones impacted. Tata Motors complimented Maharashtra State Government Flood Response Programme and provided aid to over 45,000 people.
During the year, the company received several prestigious accolades from a diverse set of stakeholders –
(1) 5th Tata Affirmative Action Programme (TAAP) Jury Award,
(2) Creating Shared Values Initiative for Inclusive Business and
(3) SIAM’s CSR Award.
The CSR work done in and around Sanand Plant was also recognized by the Ahmedabad Collectorate.
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