Tata group’s response to Covid-19…

For our generation, there is little that compares to the six-month period we have just experienced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel, meetings, office, school and socializing have all fallen victim. Overnight, we have had to reimagine how we work. Through all of these rapid changes, I continue to be deeply impressed and gratified by the adaptability and resilience our people have displayed.

Under the leadership of Mr Ratan N Tata, we committed INR 1500 crore as a group to Covid-19 relief. Tata employees have, in addition, contributed tens of crores towards various response projects.

The past few months have been very challenging, but they have also been a great demonstration of the value of collaboration. I am proud of how we have worked together to battle this disease. Now, as we navigate the uncertain journey into the post-pandemic future, we will need to respond according to our principles of simplicity, synergy and scale and, above all, to foster the mindset of ‘One Tata’. Collaboration has been our watchword, and the pandemic has shown the importance of living by our principles.

Equipment

A significant Covid-19 outbreak in India would quickly result in an acute shortage of ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, masks and gloves, as well as Covid-19 testing kits. Amid soaring global demand, purchasing can be very difficult and lockdown makes guaranteed delivery problematic. We looked at this problem and pooled our knowledge to do more as a group than any one business could do alone.

Under the leadership of Mr Ratan N Tata, we committed INR 1500 crore as a group to Covid-19 relief. Tata employees have, in addition, contributed tens of crores towards various response projects.

Drawing on the procurement expertise across Tata Steel, Tata AutoComp Systems and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), we orchestrated a plan to buy large quantities of medical supplies from China, the US, South Korea and domestic sources.