Driving Prosperity of the Communities

Our CSR programme are closely aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It encompasses our enduring commitment to stimulate economic activity and enrich the quality of life, while sharing its lasting benefit in the regions we operate in and strengthening relationships with the communities.

CSR priorities

Farm-based livelihoods

In FY 2019-20, we engaged with more than 9,800 farmers on capacity building, exposure visits, field demonstration and livestock management system training programmes. Seeds and agri-equipment support was provided for enhancing the productivity. We facilitated registration of Okhamandal Farmer Producer Company Ltd. which would benefit approximately 1,200 farmers.

Non-farm-based livelihoods

We are running skill development programmes in different locations to train unemployed youths and facilitate their employment or entrepreneurship development. Vocational skill training includes fashion technology, welder, fitter, domestic electrician, beauty and wellness, etc. We set-up a technical skill training institute at Mithapur affiliated with NSDC which also supports Tata Strive Centre at Aligarh and the ITI at Dwarka.

With the objective of creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for rural women artisans, Okhai is bringing them to the customer. 2,366 artisans across India have benefited with a market linkage to 40,000 online customers. Okhai is now a recognised and sustainable online fashion brand with over 1,92,000 online followers. Its first flagship store in Mumbai will be launched shortly.

We organised entrepreneurship development training for women members of self-help groups. At Mithapur, six clusters / group enterprises were formed engaged in Bandhani, Rexene & Leather, Bead work, Jute, Block print and Coconut Fibre products. They are linked to Okhai for market development and also have two retail outlets. In Kenya, TCML engaged 60 women in bead work to help them earn a sustainable livelihood. Lake Magadi Eco-tourism project is helping to finance local community projects.

Parameter Impact
Building economic capital
Farm-based livelihoods:
Number of farmers benefited 9,840
Number of cattle covered 56,250
Non-farm-based livelihoods:
Number of youths covered under skill development programme 1,576
Number of artisans impacted under traditional handicraft promotion initiative 2,566
Sales of traditional handicraft (₹ lakh) 651.14
Ensuring environmental integrity
Number of people sensitised 7,568
Number of mangroves planted 1,03,700
Whale sharks rescued 44 this year, total 7,876
Litres of Water harvested (MCft) 31
Enablers for social, economic and environmental development
Good Health & Well-being: 21,718
Number of people covered under general healthcare 3,194
Nutrition - No. of women covered 8,549
Nutrition - No. of children covered 9,975
Education: 2,566
Number of students supported (LAMP) 6,952
Number of students supported 13,918
Clean Water and Sanitation: 2,566
Number of people supported for drinking water (Ncourage) 48,000
Number of families supported for drinking water and toilets (Mithapur) 1,060

Social enterprises:

Okhai Centre for Empowerment (Okhai), Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) and Ncourage Social Enterprise Foundation (NSEF)

Centres of Excellence:

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture & Farm Excellence (C-SAFE) and Centre for Sustainable Conservation Action for Protection of Ecosystems of the Seas (C-SCAPES)

In Mithapur, we run biodiversity conservation programmes like recovery of coral reef, conservation of whale shark, mangrove plantation, rejuvenating indigenous flora and fauna and environmental education initiatives.

Our Whale Shark project focusses on its habitat study and research on migratory pattern and breeding biology. We are working with the Eco Clubs in local schools to raise awareness on environment conservation.

TCL participated in UN Convention on Migratory Species-COP13 held in Gandhinagar. In the Green Program, we planted 1.03 lakh mangroves in Dwarka, Gujarat and Sundarbans, West Bengal. We have established C-SCAPES in Mithapur as a dedicated knowledge, research and field implementation institution.

Land development, water management and conservation programmes like recharging by well recharge structures, water harvesting by check dam and community pond structures, etc. were carried out at Gujarat. A dry waste processing plant was installed at Mithapur, launched under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Good health and well-being

During the year, 3,194 people benefited through health and nutrition camps. In Sriperumbudur and Mambattu, a herbal-based kitchen garden was promoted as preventive health measure. In Kenya, TCML-supported Magadi Hospital provided health care services to 30,000 community people. TCML also supported with 15 tonnes of unimix for 3,000 nursery school children in Magadi. In UK, TCE organised fund-raising volunteering activities for charity-funded St Luke's Hospice. TCL implemented'Holistic Nutrition' poject in Amravati and Barwani targeted at the child' first 1,000 days.


youth trained under various skill development interventions


TCL undertook need-based educational programmes across locations focussed on ensuring zero drop-out and improving educational quality in schools, starting from pre-primary. Initiatives like eLibrary, Learning Ehancement Program, Teacher Training, Scholarships, Child Learning and Improvement Program, Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University and Career Resource Centre benefited ~13,900 children. The Learning & Migration Program, focussed on strengthening the community school management system and improving the learning capabilities of students, benefited ~6,900 children.

In Kenya, TCML provided infrastructure support to schools and scholarships to more than 100 students at various levels. In UK, TCE provided career information with emphasis on STEM to 300 students in all-girls Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Cheshire. TCE has collaborated on a joint CSR project with Passion for Learning, who mentor 400 children across schools in the North West of the UK (TCE' locality). Our team of volunteers go into local primary schools on a weekly basis, to mentor groups of underprivileged Year 5 and Year 6 children, and help open their minds to the possibility of a career in the manufacturing and chemical industry.

Safe water and sanitisation

We facilitated clean water supply through our Samridhhi and Swachh Tarang projects under which roof rainwater harvesting structures were developed, hand pumps were repaired, and households were supported with water purifier systems. During the year, 830 households were provided tap connection. Behaviour change programme-Swachh Bharat Mission Cleanliness Drives and construction of toilets and sanitation units improved sanitation in the rural areas.

In Kenya, TCML supplied 60,000 litres of treated drinking water per day to 18 public primary schools, 40 ECDE (early childhood development education), 7 dispensaries and 17 community waterpoints using its water boozer. TCL supplied 150,000 litres of treated drinking water per week to remote regions between Magadi and Singiraine.

We work towards inclusion and empowerment of women, scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other vulnerable sections of society. TCNA undertook programmes to support single mothers, senior citizens, children in need and veterans. TCL has set up two social enterprises, Okhai which facilitates sustainable livelihood for artisans and Ncourage which promotes affordable, clean and safe drinking water through Tata Swach range of water purification systems as well as animal health and nutrition. This year, the Magadi Soda Foundation carried out needs assessment and launched a participatory strategy development process to inform community development priorities.

During the year, TCL provided relief support to disaster affected people in Maharashtra. We provided ample opportunities to employees and family members to volunteer on different social and environment issues.

We have adopted a two-pronged approach to tackle COVID-19- one, supporting the government and two, supporting the local communities. We manufactured and supplied more than 1.17 million Litres of disinfectant to the Government of Gujarat and 600,000 Litres to BMC, Mumbai alongside augmenting Mithapur Hospital by setting up temporary additional facilities. Self Help Groups and artisans associated with our Okhai initiative were engaged to produce over 2 lakh masks in Mithapur and Cuddalore for distribution to police and local communities, providing livelihood to 275 women. We have supported over 47,000 people from vulnerable communities across our plants with dry ration kits. We also engaged with the local communities for increasing awareness about the pandemic and safety measures, using posters and videos.

Fulfilling aspirations

Nutan, a bright student, completed her 12th grade and wanted to pursue medical studies. Her father motivated her to pursue this dream but was unable to fund her education. We supported her with scholarship for pursuing MBBS from medical college in Baroda which she has successfully completed. She is now a practicing doctor and is preparing for MD examination. Nutan's journey has inspired many girls from her village to follow their dreams.

At Tata Chemicals, social development is an important goal, we touch the lives of millions globally and strive to be a neighbour of choice. We focus on sustainable community development to address the UN SDGs and development challenges through programmes that are replicable and scalable, while empowering communities.

Alka Talwar

Chief CSR and Sustainability Officer