Jamshedpur To Represent South Asia In UN Cities Project

Jamshedpur, April 14 | Updated: Apr 15 2004, 05:30am hrs
Jamshedpur has been chosen to be one of the six cities to participate in the UN Global Compact Cities pilot programme. The other five cities are Melbourne (Australia), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Tianjin (PRC), Nairobi (Kenya) and Sans Francisco (USA).

Jamshedpur would represent south Asia. Tata Steels exceptional record in the field of community development and its close involvement in providing services to the steel city has been the reason behind Jamshedpur being nominated for the international pilot project.

According to the company, the social responsibility is not only a commitment but also one of its core business processes.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Tata Steel has taken up proactive steps in AIDS/HIV prevention by spreading AIDS awareness in the city and its peripheries. The company has been, for its efforts in the area of AIDS prevention, already been conferred the Global Business Coalition award in 2003 for business excellence in the community.

The Global Compact Cities pilot programme is a methodology that has been developed by the Committee for Melbourne to address intractable social, economic and environmental issues in the urban context around the world.

The objective of taking up this pilot project is to develop innovative solutions by working in partnership with the government, business, academic organisations and civil societies.

To implement the project a Committee for Jamshedpur, a local secretariat, would be formed at Jamshedpur. Mr A N Singh, deputy managing director, Tata Steel, would be the process owner of the programme and would facilitate the implementation of the programme at Jamshedpur while Mr Anant Nadkarni from the Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI) would be the anchor-person and coordinator of the programme.

The committee would act as the main communication and coordination hub between the government, business and civil society stakeholders.

The project, which would run for two years, would take up a single intractable social, environmental or economic issue that would need to be identified and which was directly impacting business, the government and civil society. This identified issue would itself be the project, which would be addressed in accordance with the Melbourne Model methodology.

Through this effort, Tata Steel would develop the best practical solution to contemporary urban issues existing in the city of Jamshedpur and also share the citys best practices and proven solutions with other cities in the world facing similar problems.

Tata Steels town division, now under Jamshedpur Utility & Services Co, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the steel major, which provides municipal and civic facilities to it, has been certified ISO 14001 for Environ-ment Management System, the first in the country. The pilot programme would also help in tackling issues involving multiple stakeholders and would seek to have human as well as tangible impacts.