March 03, 2014

Tata commemorates 175th Founder's Day

On Monday, March 3, 2014, a number of employees from across Tata’s 19 companies in the UK travelled to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey to mark Founder’s Day — a celebration of the birth of the Founder of the company, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, in Navsari, South Gujarat, India, in 1839.

Guests marked the 175th anniversary of the Founder’s birth with a short Zoroastrian service at the Tata family mausoleum to remember the life of Jamsetji Tata, a visionary entrepreneur and committed philanthropist, who laid the foundations for what would grow to become the Tata group in 1868, and which in the UK alone now employs over 50,000 people in 40 towns and cities.

Founder’s Day represents an opportunity for the company to engage employees with Tata values and in particular, the responsibility which Tata shoulders across all those communities in which it operates. This year, several new initiatives were held to celebrate the day, ranging from Tata Volunteering Week, an opportunity for employees to give their time to causes, to Wear it Blue, a campaign designed to raise money for cancer charities with employees wearing something blue.

Reflecting on the legacy of Jamsetji, Dr David Landsman, executive director of Tata Limited, delivered a message from Tata Sons Chairman, Cyrus Mistry, in which he highlighted the group’s commitment to the wider community, its steadfast allegiance to ethical practices and developing minds, and its pioneering and innovative spirit. In his message, Mr Mistry also congratulated all those ambassadors for Tata who were taking part in this year’s initiatives, as they “demonstrate our commitment to giving back to society, and show that our care and concern for people and the planet have only been strengthened through the years.”