In a move to align themselves with international labour practices, seven of the largest Tata group companies have acquired the international SA8000 best practices certification for socially responsible sourcing and labour practices.
B Muthuraman, outgoing managing director of Tata Steel, has already started discussions in the company to implement guidelines laid down as part of the certification. Suppliers too are being told to look into these areas, and get certification if possible. Though Tatas have not started to demand for the certification on the field yet, it could just be a matter of time.
“Some CEOs, such as Muthuraman, has expressed interest to push this concept down the supplier side as well,” said Kishore Chaukar, managing director, Tata Industries.
The move follows Tata Motors, who went through the certification process after insistence from Jaguar and Land Rover unions, said a senior Tata group official.
Tata Steel, Tata Coffee, Tata Tea, TCS, Tata Chemicals Tata Motors and Rallis already have the certification. Voltas, Tata Technologies and TTSL are currently undergoing the audit, said a Tata official.