In Conversation with Shalini Singh, Chief-Corp Communications, Sustainability, CSR and Tata Power Skill Development Institute, Tata Power Company Ltd.

As Chief of Corporate Communication and Sustainability, Ms Shalini Singh has led decarbonisation and circular economy initiatives at Tata Power since 2004. She has been instrumental in launching and spearheading award-winning social brand properties to drive conservation efforts such as Club-Enerji, Act for Mahseer and Greenolution.

Being a passionate advocate of social and green causes, Ms Shalini Singh has represented causes like resource conservation, women empowerment and business responsibility at various national and international forums such as Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, United Nations Global Compact, TEDx-IIMA, NITI Aayog, ESG Matters-Asia Panel Series (Bank of Merrill Lynch) and CSR Live Week.

Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries & jointly controlled entities, has an installed capacity of 10857 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain: Generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy; transmission & distribution, trading and coal & freight logistics. With renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 22% of the company's portfolio, Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation. In line with the company's view on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation of utilities to integrated solutions by looking at new business growth in EV charging & storage, distributed generation & rooftops, microgrids and home automation & smart meters.

In this interview with Deepak Nanda from CSRBOX, she talks about the following points:

1. Being recognised as Asia's Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019. How does it feel and does it bring additional pressure onto the role to outdo yourself?

2. How did you decide onto making the partial transition from Communications to CSR?

3. What are some of the key thematic areas that Tata power works in and how did you decide upon the same?

4. Can you elaborate on the Decarbonisation and circular economy initiatives at Tata Power and how do you make sure they build onto the cause branding adopted by the company?

5. Club Enerji was one of your first forays into cause branding. How did you come up with it and how did you build it into such a massive self-sustaining initiative?

6. One of the first apparent CSR initiatives by Tata power has been its 40 year old hatchery in Lonavala to help conserve the Mahseer Fish. Would you say social responsibility has been inherently embedded into the culture even before it became a mandate?

7. Another interesting initiative of yours, Dhaaga, works on empowering women at the grass-root level. What is the thought process behind it, considering a lot of initiatives work on similar projects? What sets it apart?

8. Apart from spearheading these massive initiatives you also represented the causes on both national and international forums. Being from the communications background, do you think more such conversations need to be happening and how do they support in furthering a cause and establishing a company as a thought leader in the domain?

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