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Serving society through science

Science for sustainability | Community links

Tata Chemicals Limited is a global company with interests in businesses that focus on LIFE: Living, Industry and Farm Essentials. The story of the company is about harnessing the fruits of science for goals that go beyond business.

This story began in Mithapur, Gujarat in western India with the creation of a plant that would raise a wealth of marine chemicals from the ocean, with the potential to touch human lives in many ways. From these humble beginnings a market-leading international business has been created, with operations across four continents.

Through its living essentials portfolio the company has positively impacted the lives of millions of Indians. Tata Chemicals is the pioneer and market leader in India’s branded Iodised salt segment. With the introduction of an innovative, low-cost, nanotechnology-based water purifier, it is providing affordable, safe drinking water to the masses.

Tata Chemicals is the world’s second largest producer of soda ash with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The company’s industry essentials product range provides key ingredients to some of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, detergents and other industrial products.

With its farm essentials portfolio the company has carved a niche in India as a crop nutrients provider. It is a leading manufacturer of urea and phosphatic fertilisers and, through its subsidiary, Rallis, has a strong position in the crop protection business.

The Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre is home to world-class R&D capabilities in the emerging areas of nanotechnology and biotechnology. The company’s Centre for Agri-Solutions and Technology provides advice on farming solutions and crop nutrition practices.

The company has also entered into a JV with Singapore’s Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (Joil) to develop jatropha seedlings to enable bio fuels capability. In line with its mission, ‘serving society through science’, the company is applying its expertise in sciences, to develop high-tech and sustainable products.

Science for sustainability
Tata Chemicals’ Mission, Vision and Values are deeply rooted in the principles of sustainability.

For the company, sustainability encompasses stakeholder engagement, environmental stewardship, creating economic value, promoting human rights and building social capital. Tata Chemicals supports the UN Global Compact and is committed to reporting its sustainability performance in accordance with GRI guidelines. The company actively works towards improving its eco-footprint with a policy of ‘avoid, reduce and reuse’. Resource optimisation, alternative sources of fuel and raw materials, and maximising reuse and recycling are key drivers in operations.

The company has been recognised for its clear commitments to sustainability and its good environmental management practices.

Community links
In 1980, Tata Chemicals set up a non-governmental organisation – Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) – that works towards holistic community development, including managing water, land and other natural resources, encouraging enterprise development, and promoting health and education. TCSRD's activities have been recognised at a national level. Tata Chemicals Europe (formerly Brunner Mond) is a major sponsor of the Lion Salt Works Trust, a local heritage project in Cheshire, UK and of the Weaver Valley Initiative, part of the path-breaking Mersey River clean up campaign. In Kenya, Tata Chemicals Magadi supports local health care facilities and works to provide education, water and employment opportunities.

Tata Chemicals is also involved in efforts to preserve the biodiversity of land along the Gujarat coastline and the nesting sites of migratory birds. TCL and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) have signed an MoU for a conservation project that will create awareness and undertake research to save the endangered species of whale shark that visits the coastal shores of Gujarat.