"In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence." — Jamsetji Tata, Founder of the Tata group
With a mission statement dedicated to "serving society through science", it's clear that Tata Chemicals Europe puts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the very heart of everything that it does.
In fact, Tata Sons, the Tata group promoter company, is 60 per cent owned by philanthropic trusts, so the spirit of charity runs deep within our culture.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development publication "Making Good Business Sense" by Lord Holme and Richard Watts defines CSR as "the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development, while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large."
It's part of our company's DNA to encourage active involvement in community life, and TCE employees feel huge pride due to the continual efforts they make to meet these goals.
Meanwhile, TCE does much more to fulfil its CSR responsibilities. We have a range of opportunities for employees to get involved in activities that can help boost our reputation within our community, bring people together, and help make Tata Chemicals Europe an even greater place to work.
For instance, we work closely with local schools and local authorities to support students and take up initiatives to promote health, community spirit and local heritage. We have a long history of volunteering in our local communities, and every employee can now spend a day per year, paid by TCE volunteering.
Our employees have established their own volunteering database, which gives TCE the ability to choose their own volunteering project to support good causes in the mid-Cheshire area, such as, local hospitals and hospices, churches, Cub Scout groups, junior sports teams, local retirement homes, etc.
If they choose to, each TCE employee can take a paid day away from their role to volunteer at a local charity, like Marbury Country Park or St. Luke's Hospice.
We also encourage employees to take on their own adventures for charity, for instance the recent successful Three Peaks Challenge.
Meanwhile, TCE itself works closely with local schools and local authorities to support students and take up initiatives to promote health, community spirit and local heritage.
We also sponsor the Lion Salt Works Trust, a local heritage project, and the Weaver Valley Initiative, to help benefit our local communities.
TCE has had manufacturing facilities in the Northwich area of Cheshire for more than 130 years. As we've modernised and become more efficient, our land area requirements have reduced, leading to large tracts of former industrial land becoming available for redevelopment.
Winnington Urban Village: As an example, our former Wallerscote Works will be transformed into a new urban village alongside the River Weaver, comprising:
- Up to 1,200 homes, including a significant element of affordable housing.
- Places of work, shops and community facilities.
- Improvements to the local transport infrastructure.
- A new primary school.
- A substantial cash contribution towards the 'Northwich Vision' development.
Tata Chemicals Europe insists on a high standard of environmental performance of all commercial and manufacturing operations, recognising that its activities have the potential to impact the environment.
We're committed to minimising the effect of our operations and products through the adoption of sustainable practices and a philosophy of continuous improvement.
Our scientists and engineers work closely with external regulatory bodies, local and national governments, trade organisations, specialist environmental consultancies and neighbouring communities to minimise adverse impacts of the company's operations and to improve its standards of performance.
Health and safety
The health, safety and well-being of all employees, contractors, visitors, neighbours and customers are in the forefront of business activity for Tata Chemicals Europe. Nothing has a higher priority and, by complying with all legal requirements and following the best practices, we continually improve our health and safety performance, securing a safe work environment and ensuring all significant risks are assessed and effectively managed.
Meanwhile, TCE's comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety Policy is based on the premise that all accidents are preventable.
Our well-established behavioural safety programme ensures that everyone who works on site is acting in the safest possible manner. Our ongoing aim is to eliminate all injuries by creating a culture of preventing injury and ill health at work.
All employees attend regular safety training days, and further safety training is specifically targeted to relevant work groups as required.
TCE maintains a strong network with customers, suppliers and external safety committees in the glass and chemical industries to share improvements and promote best practices.
Of course, all products manufactured and supplied by the company comply with the ISO 9001:2008 quality registration standards.
Not only does TCE have a responsibility to help schools educate young people in our community, but it's also in our interest to help inspire and develop future engineers and operators.
We've formed strong relationships with the local Hartford High School and Barnton Community Primary School, through which TCE can pass on skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and employability.
So if an employer that strives to make a real difference to its community is important to you, why not see what vacancies we have on offer right now?