The Tata Corporate Sustainability Group regularly connects experiences, best
practices and ideas from across Tata's UK operations. Under the leadership of
Malcolm Lane, director of corporate affairs at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),
the group devised an initiative to promote health and healthy living across
Tata's entire European operations, their marketplaces and their local communities.
Named Today is a Good Day, a phrase that people who have life-threatening diseases
strive to embed in their mindsets, the initiative seeks to use Tata's large
European workforce and strong community ties to encourage awareness and understanding
of health issues and offer support to those in need, whether financial or physical.
Running alongside their own many and varied corporate sustainability programmes,
individual Tata companies committed, for the very first time, to pooling efforts
towards a shared mission.
Since its launch in spring 2010, activities under the Today is a Good Day banner
have continued to grow in size and influence. The initiative was developed with
inputs from the UK Government Department of Health's National Cancer director
and influenced by his requirement to improve cancer outcomes.It has sought to
build upon the long-running work of the Lady Tata Memorial Trust and its efforts
to support blood cancer research, which is managed from the UK by a scientific
committee of haematology oncologists who are leaders in their field.
Some of the Today is a Good Day initiatives are:
- Rolling out TCS Europe's employee health programme across several other
Tata operations. The programme focuses on the provision of information to
employees to facilitate early diagnosis of cancer and creates opportunities
to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
- TCS, Diligenta and Tata Steel host Macmillan cancer information units across
the UK for employees and local communities.
- Tata Limited and Taj's Crowne Plaza London-St James hosted an Oxford University
and INDOX Cancer Research Network fundraising drive for research into cancer
in India and among British Asians.
- The Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Challenge, which for over 25 years has pushed
JLR employees and business partners to their limits in the Welsh hills, was
opened up to all Tata UK employees.
- Jaguar provided seven logistics vehicles to support Sir Ian Botham's walk
for leukaemia and lymphoma research.
- TCS, Diligenta and JLR employees registered to be donors for the Anthony
Nolan bone marrow donation service.
- JLR initiated an online health service for employees including efforts to
prevent late diagnosis of cancer.
- Pan-company fundraising for the Institute of Cancer Research and other supporting
- The second Tata Steel Triathlon Challenge saw over 100 Tata employees race
and raise funds for Today is a Good Day charities, alongside the ITU World
Championship in London's Hyde Park.
- More than 1,000 TCS employees have participated in UK health activities,
including cancer prevention talks and sponsored sports to raise money for
While the Tata family of companies
across Europe are separate entities, it is encouraging that all collaborate
with the aim of having greater impact on the needs of society than they
might otherwise achieve alone. This co-creating and collaboration of action
brings to life the Tata ethos in practical ways, recognising that the
community is not just another stakeholder in our businesses but the reason
for the Tata group's existence, perhaps as individuals as well as companies.
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