Tata Group celebrates JRD Tata’s 116th birth anniversary at the virtual JRDQV 2020

The 116th birth anniversary of JRD Tata was celebrated with the JRDQV 2020 function on July 29, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event took place on a virtual platform this year. Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons and Mr. N Chandrasekaran, Group Chairman, Tata Sons, graced the occasion with their virtual presence, in addition to 900+ invitees comprised of CEOs, senior directors and the management teams of companies across the Tata group. The event was hosted by Adrian Terron, Head – Customer Centricity, Tata Sons.

The event started with a safety briefing and a short film commemorating the life of JRD Tata. Then, S Padmanabhan, Executive Chairman, Tata Business Excellence Group, addressed the participants, wherein he provided an update on the projects undertaken by Tata companies in the past year including Business Excellence Assessment, Data Maturity Assessment, Improvement Interventions and Deep Dives. He also added that the learning and knowledge exchange between Tata companies is accelerated through the mediums of webinars, Best Practices and Tata Network Forum sessions.

The JRDQV Awards were then presented virtually. This year, two types of companies were recognised at the JRDQV event: Companies that had crossed the 550-point mark, the Emerging Industry Leaders, and the company that had crossed the 750-point mark, the Benchmark Leader. Four companies were recognised as Emerging Industry Leaders, namely Tata Consulting Engineers, Tata AutoComp Systems, Tata Sky and Tata Pigments. The first and only company that won the Benchmark Leader recognition for crossing the coveted 750-point mark was Tata Consultancy Services. The trophy for the Benchmark Leader was designed and manufactured by Titan.

Group Chairman Mr. Chandrasekaran then provided a brief update on the effect the pandemic has had on the business activities of Tata companies and how the Tata Group was contributing to the country’s effort to help those affected by it. He also highlighted seven key trends that have emerged for post COVID-19 world, namely rebalanced supply chain; health and wellness in every business; virtual becomes essential; travel transformed; pivot towards home base; new consumer priorities; and resilience & trust.

Participants also had the privilege of listening to Mr. Ratan Tata. In a short address, he mentioned that in the current pandemic situation, Mr. JRD Tata would have encouraged everyone to convert this tremendous hardship into an opportunity. Mr. Tata encouraged all Tata employees to be united to overcome this difficult situation and make this another year of achievement for the Tata Group.