Mumbai: “For me personally, it’s a celebration of what each one of you brings to our organisation,” Ratan N. Tata, chairman, Tata Trusts, and chairman emeritus of Tata group, said in a letter to Tata employees on 3 March, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata, which is celebrated as founder’s day by the $103 billion salt-to-software group.
“It is because of you that we can derive and obtain the opportunity and the privilege to serve our community and through that our nation,” Tata said, adding that the year also marks 125 years of Tata Trusts. The oldest of the trusts, the JN Tata Endowment dates back to 1892 and the youngest, The Tata Education & Development Trust, was set up in 2008.
As one of the largest community stakeholders for the Trusts, the Tata employees have played an important role in making the legacy come alive, Tata said. “Hope you are proud of our group’s capacity of thinking beyond business. It is this strength and intention that is reflected through the Trusts in their vision and their work. You are the custodians and inheritors of the Trusts and of our belief in making a sustainable change in our society,” he said.
Tata Sons’ newly-appointed chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran, who is also in Jamshedpur for the founder’s celebrations, is also expected to address the employees later in the day. The model town developed by the Tatas houses the group’s steel and truck making plants.