On Thursday 20 July, 2017, Tata Steel's Raw Material Strategy Group and IUCN's Leaders for Nature (LFN) organised an in-company session at Tata Steel's Jamshedpur facility. The event aimed to emphasise the importance of biodiversity and highlight the extent to which anthropogenic activities have caused it to decline.
The programme particularly emphasised, through presentations by various speakers, the need to act immediately. In the opening presentation, Chief of Corporate Sustainability Madhulika Sharma explained the importance of sustainability and Tata Steel's approach. IUCN India Programme Officer Vipul Sharma explained the importance of biodiversity conservation to business growth and IUCN expert consultant Dr Randal Glaholt shared a case of biodiversity's indirect impacts and the role of people. Dr Hishmi Jamil Husain, Head of Environment and Forest Management for Tata, facilitated the discussion. The workshop ended with thanks from Mr Somesh Biswas, Chief of Tata Steel's Raw Material Strategy Group.
Tata Steel, a member of the IUCN LfN network, is committed to enhancing and restoring biodiversity and has been consistently working with the LfN team to organise different awareness-raising training programmes for its employees from multiple divisions.
Tata Steel was represented at this session by officials from Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Environment, Research and Development, the Natural Resource Division and the Raw Material Strategy Group.