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"We do not claim to be more unselfish, more generous or more philanthropic than other people. But we think we started on sound and straightforward business principles, considering the interests of the shareholders, our own, and the health and welfare of the employees, the sure foundation of our success." -  Frank Harris in Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata: A Chronicle of His Life

This quote from J N Tata, the founder of the Tata Group, epitomises his visionary zeal for building an enterprise on the strong foundations of care for the health, safety and welfare of employees. Over the years, caring for employees, especially in terms of their safety and health has been ingrained in the DNA of Tata companies and in many ways is a differentiator of Tata as a caring employer.


Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) has set up a Group  Safety & Health function to define strategy, steer and lead the efforts in enhancing safety culture and performance and overall achieve safety excellence in Tata Group companies, while interfacing with MDs / CEOs, senior leadership and senior safety professionals.


TBExG’s effort in Safety & Health is based on four strategic building blocks:

1. Commonality and Convergence efforts on safety andhealth through a common approach, terminologies, strategies and policies, so as to align efforts on a common platform

2. Training & Capability Building among group companies in safety and health;

3. Transparency & Sharing in terms of reporting and share lessons learnt, besides facilitating best practices transfer across group companies;

4. Verification and Assurance of safety andhealth regulatory and group requirements.


TBExG Safety & Health undertakes several initiatives to achieve the objectives:

-- Create and establish group policies, framework and standards related to Safety & Health and have an oversight over its implementation. 

-- Provide effective leadership and direction in the management of Safety & Health through coaching, engagement, training programmes, incident investigations and auditing processes tailored to employees across levels and functions.

-- Periodically review reports on performance of Safety and Health issues and long term goals.

-- Provide guidance to management to evaluate long term strategic proposals with respect to Safety & Health implications.

-- Mobilise and leverage group resources to execute group aspirations on enhancing safety performance and preventing serious incidents and fatalities.

-- Explore brand image enhancement possibilities through enhanced safety performance, culture and other propositions.

-- Benchmark against global best practices and results.


Other activities executed by TBExG include: 

-- Training for senior leadership, middle management and supervisors

-- Safety standards training and customised training 

-- Auditing

-- Safety culture assessments

-- Deep dive assessments on specific topics

-- Strategy creation

-- Facilitating the creation of safety policies and standards