In Conversation with Mr. Rackanchath Nanda, Chief CSR and HR, Tata Chemicals

Mr. Nanda has over three decades of rich experience in human resources across varied sectors like manufacturing, trading, retail, consumer durables, FMCG, telecom and services. He started his career with the Murugappa Group in Chennai, where he spent nearly 15 years in a variety of roles in human resources and as the head of manufacturing and commercial for the foods business. He has also led the human resource function for Amara Raja Group and the Dubai based Landmark Group. Mr. Nanda joined the Tata group in 2006 with his first role being at Tata Communications (formerly known as VSNL). He moved to Tata Chemicals in May 2012 and currently oversees the global functions of human resources and administration, business ethics and communications and Corporate social responsibility for Tata Chemicals.

He answered the following questions during the interview:

  1. Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development is an important arm of Tata chemicals to undertake several social developmental projects. Take us to the journey of TCSRD from its initiation to its present form.
  2. How do you integrate Tata Chemicals’ values of Safety, Passion, Integrity, Care, and excellence in your social development initiatives?
  3. Under the corporate social responsibility, what are some of the flagship programs of Tata Chemicals?
  4. Education is one of the important pillars for sustainable social development. What are the key initiatives taken up by TCSRD for improving rural education?
  5. With COVID having hampered every educational institution and intervention, how do you intend to keep your programs afloat?
  6. How do you foresee the future of these educational initiatives maintaining the inclusivity and sustainability traits of the programs?

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