Jamshedpur, June 7: Tata Network Forum today organized a panel discussion on sustainability for the Eastern Region at Beldih Club, Jamshedpur.
The theme for discussion was ‘Mainstreaming Sustainability’. Dr Mukund Rajan, Chief Ethics Officer, Tata Group was the key note speaker on the occasion. TV Narendran, MD, Tata Steel India & SEA & Chairman, Tata Network Forum India East was also present during the event.
Dr Mukund Rajan spoke about ‘The Tata Sustainability Journey’ which was followed by a session on ‘Insights on CEO’s thoughts on Sustainability’ by Vishvesh Prabhakar, Managing Director, Sustainability, Accenture Strategy, India
Speaking on the occasion Narendran said, “Over the last decade we have recognized the subject ‘sustainability’ as a focus area. Sustainability and climate change have now become a subject of political and economic discussion worldwide. We need to understand the subject more and at the same time get involved to establish sustainable practices for the organization.” He further added “We need to change the way we work and, as an organization, we will have to seize opportunities to achieve a sustainable future.”
While speaking about the Tata Sustainable Journey Rajan said “Tata Group has been playing a key role in global environment issues. Tata Group has been investing in capacity building. ‘Tata Engage’ has emerged as the largest volunteering campaign in India.” He further added that “Tata Steel has done a commendable job in Jharkhand for the development of the tribals.”
Prabhakar spoke about a survey conducted by Accenture about changing paradigms of sustainability. He further stressed on the fact that sustainability is increasingly viewed as a critical lever of value creation and differentiation.
The second half of the programme saw functional leaders, Vivek Talwar, Chief Culture Officer, Chief Sustainability Office, Tata Power speak on ‘Integration of Sustainability with Strategy’, Sanjay Ranawade, Chief, Manufacturing Officer, Jewelry, Tanishq on ‘Initiatives in Supply Chain’, Damandeep Singh, Director CDP India on ‘Impact of COP21, India’s NDC and Science Based Targets’ and Sundeep Singh, Principal, Accenture, Strategy and Sustainability on ‘Initiatives in Circular Economy’.
The sessions were moderated by Siddharth Shah, Chief, Corporate Strategy, Tata Steel, Amita Khurana, Chief Procurement (Bulk Commodities), Tata Steel, Shibojyoti Dutta, Head Climate Change & Strategic Planning, Tata Steel and Yogesh Bedi, Chief Marketing & Sales (IBMD), Tata Steel respectively.