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Tata Steel shares its framework for ethics management with Tata Power

Published on June 27, 2022

Tata Power has a well-defined framework for ethics management. However, with the company growing and a younger workforce, the need was felt to make communication around ethics more interesting and interactive. Tata Power wanted to understand what other Tata companies are doing to increase awareness on ethics among young employees and contract workers. It also wanted to benchmark some of the best practices of business ethics.

To support Tata Power in its endeavours, on May 31, 2022, TBExG facilitated a best practice sharing session in which Shalini Sulakshana, Head - Corporate Ethics and Soni Sinha, Chief Ethics Counsellor from Tata Steel, shared their insights in the following areas:

  1. Formal TCoC training at Board/ governing authority level
  2. E-learning modules for anti-money laundering, Anti Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABAC)
  3. Data Privacy Policy
  4. Communication of ethics - Concerns & its resolutions
  5. Vendors/suppliers out-reach programmes on ethics
  6. LBE survey in newer acquired entities
  7. Digital/manual approach of getting ‘TCOC sign offs’ from all Tata Steel employees

In the session, Ms Sulakshana talked in detail on their journey of anti-money laundering, ABAC implementation at Tata Steel, concern management system and training & communication using digital platforms. She also talked about Tata Steel’s ‘Niti kathas’ i.e., innovative way of communicating new policies, new guidelines and common ethical concerns. These, ‘Niti kathas’ are also converted in local languages, gamified and published on digital platforms like Yammer.

Tata Power found the session useful and will be exploring the feasibility of incorporating some of the above initiatives to further strengthen its ethics framework.

Participant Speak

Thank you Tata Steel team, especially Ms Soni and Ms Shalini, for sharing your insights in building an ethical culture. This will be very useful to us in maturing our own ethics processes. Compliments to the TBExG team for providing such a useful knowledge sharing platform.

— Rajesh Daga, Chief Ethics Counsellor, Tata Power