, Wednesday 05 Sep 2018

Tata Motors Cruises on Sustainable Mobility for Smart Cities, Smarter Planet!

Tata Motors Cruises on Sustainable Mobility for Smart Cities, Smarter Planet!
Tata Motors unveils its 14th Annual Sustainability Report 2017-18 – ‘Shaping India’s Future: Sustainable Mobility, Smart Cities’.
(L to R) Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Thomas Flack, Chief Purchasing Officer, Satish Borwankar, COO & ED and Arvind Bodhankar Head SHE & Sustainability.


Introduced the Sustainability Policy for creating value and contributing to sustainable development

Delivered advance technology vehicles – Tigor EVs and Tata Starbus Hybrid Electric Buses

Continued to innovate and has been granted 80 patents and 23 designs

Increased the share of renewable energy to 21% of the total electricity consumption

Improved safety performance by 38% and employee health index by 0.5

Locally sourced 58% of materials and services by suppliers based within the state of operations

Extended the sustainable supply chain initiative to additional 66 suppliers

Spent over 300 million towards environmental protection, 200 million on CSR and 20 billion in R&D

Ranked No. 8 in Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global Auto Report titled ‘Driving Disruption’

Tata Motors released its 14th Annual Sustainability Report, titled ‘Sustainable Mobility, Smart Cities’, reinforcing its commitment towards ‘Triple Bottom Line’ – Social, Environmental and Economical. The report was unveiled by Mr. Satish Borwankar, COO & ED on 31st August, 2018. The report is prepared as per the GRI Standards ‘in accordance – comprehensive’ criteria and externally assured by TUV India. It is also aligned to the principles of ‘United Nations Global Compact’, ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and ‘National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business’ of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

Tata Motors launched its Sustainability Policy in November 2017, with the aim of creating value, contributing to sustainable development and demonstrate the corporate citizenship. The policy guides in establishing sustainability governance, identification of material sustainability issues and development of sustainability strategies aligned with global and national sustainability commitments. The policy stimulates Tata Motors aspirations to become the global sustainability leader in the transport sector considering futuristic mobility solutions.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Guenter Butschek, MD & CEO, Tata Motors said “With rapid technological advancements in the field of autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles, a comprehensive approach to sustainable development of the entire ecosystem is crucial. Tata Motors has been leading the technology changes in the industry while at the same time striving hard to institutionalize sustainable practices in every aspect of business. Our approach to sustainability is not a mere compliance one but a continuous improvement one with inclusiveness at its core. With this objective, we have launched the Sustainability Policy for Tata Motors.”

By aligning the firm’s work with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tata Motors has brought about transformational changes not just within the businesses but also for driving change within the societies that they serve globally. Key highlights of the initiatives and achievements by Tata Motors are listed below:

Advance Technology Vehicles: The Company is committed to the Government’s vision for electric vehicles and is working in a collaborative manner to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles – to build a sustainable future for India. It has delivered the first set of Tigor Electric Vehicles (EVs) to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Tata Starbus Hybrid Electric Buses to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Reducing Carbon Footprint of Operations: The Company has increased the share of renewable energy from 16.34% in 2016-17 to 20.76% in 2017-18 of the total electricity consumption. Demonstrating leadership in this area, the company has joined RE100 campaign (a drive led by the Climate Group) and aspires to move operations on renewable energy in near future. The company is sourcing the renewable energy (wind and solar) through captive generation as well as on-site and off-site Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

Strengthening Waste Management: Driving on the theme “Value from Waste” across their manufacturing facilities in India, Tata Motors is extensively working on 3 R’s i.e. Recycling, Reuse and Recovery. The company is constantly exploring innovative solutions for eliminating and minimizing the generation of waste at the source itself. In 2017-18, company reduced the quantum of Hazardous waste disposed to CHWTSDF by 15% over 2016-17. Tata Motors continues to practice and make interventions to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge and Zero Waste to Landfill status.

Eco-friendly Materials: The company has taken-up several initiatives to promote the use of green materials; i.e. Green Plasticizer, Primer-less Windshield Glass Sealant, Composite Brake Drum and Leaf Spring. Integrating the Circular Economy approach, the company has also successfully completed a pilot on closed loop plastic recycling by making a new plastic component out of scrap.

Safety and Employee Health: Employees constitute one of the most important elements of Tata Motors and their safety has always been a top priority. In the last financial year, the company improved the safety performance by 38% and employee Health Index by 0.5. For the current year, they have set stretched targets on health & safety and have identified the critical focus areas for achieving them.

Building the Socially Responsible Value Chain: In 2017-18, Tata Motors’ manufacturing plants locally sourced 57.88% of materials and services by suppliers based within the state where the plants are located. The Company is implementing the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative in a phased manner and covered additional 66 suppliers in Phase-II (Total 118 in last 2 years) under the on-site sustainability assessment.

Tata Motors has successfully aligned their sustainability strategy to their business vision of 2019 and will continue to approach sustainability in an all-inclusive way. With set performance parameters for all the material issues, they have developed action plans for achieving the same in this fiscal year. To know more about Tata Motors commitment towards sustainable development and corporate citizenship, please click on the link below:

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited (BSE: TATAMOTORS), a USD 45 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. Part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors is India’s largest and the only OEM offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 109 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea.

With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top four in the passenger vehicles market. With ‘Connecting Aspirations’ at the core of its brand promise, the company’s innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers, fueled by state of the art design and R&D centers located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea. Internationally, Tata commercial and passenger vehicles are marketed in countries, spread across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

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