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Long before sustainability came into the global business lexicon, the Tata Group was already practicing it. From as early as the 1930s, there are sterling examples of Group companies weaving in their business activities around the local ecosystem and giving back generously to the community and the environment.

Group founder Jamsetji Tata had this visionary belief more than a century ago — “In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in the business but is in fact the very purpose of its existence.”

This idea of seeing community as the very purpose of an enterprise’s existence is the north star that guides TCS’ belief in sustainability. It continues to inspire our purpose-led growth strategy that helps us put people and the planet at the center of all we do. 

Naturally, sustainability is not just a growth strategy for us, it is intrinsic to the TCS way of life, of doing business, and helping clients achieve their sustainability goals in the digital-led Business 4.0TM world.

In keeping with our larger goal of giving back to the community, TCS has made significant contributions in the areas of health and wellness, education and skill development, and the environment. For every dollar we earn, 65 cents flow back to civil society through the various Tata trusts for a range of community, environment, and sustainability goals initiatives.


TCS has always strived to lead the way on sustainable development. One of our sustainability objectives is to go net zero by 2030, and by 2025, cut our absolute carbon footprint by 70% over 2016 levels.

With 67% of our emissions targets already met, we have shown that you can grow your business without increasing your carbon footprint while doing your bit for people and the planet.

Our own carbon mitigation efforts have led to in-house innovations such as TCS CleverEnergyTM and our IoT-based Remote Energy Management System. These solutions developed for our own requirements now help customers meet their emission goals.





Often, technological innovations have benefits that go beyond the expected business outcomes. One such example, cited by our CEO Rajesh Gopinathan, is the lesser-known sustainability benefit of cloud adoption. As more enterprises adopt cloud, hyperscalers are using renewable energy and energy-efficient infrastructure to power server farms, which in turn is helping companies reduce their carbon footprint. So, when we help our customers embrace the cloud stack, we know that we are also helping fulfil their sustainability goals.

Among other resource groups, our effort also focused on freshwater consumption reduction and zero waste disposal and zero discharge. TCS optimizes water consumption through conservation, sewage treatment and reuse, and rainwater harvesting. We aspire to recycle 100% biodegradable wastes by 2025 and eliminate single use plastics from our campuses in the current year.


Our strength lies in our people, and the diversity of our global workforce. It is no surprise that the Top Employers Institute, Amsterdam, recognized TCS as a top global employer for the sixth year in a row early this year (2021).

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, it led to unprecedented disruptions. But it also led to innovations. As lockdowns hit, we responded by implementing the transformational work-from-home platform — Secure Borderless Workspace (SBWSTM) — for our five lakh plus employees spread across 46 countries. 

Implementing SBWS is not a short-term response to a crisis, it is a transformational solution that is contributing to the wellbeing of employees and the creation of a more sustainable planet. Among the global companies that benefitted from SBWS are Dutch insurer VIVAT, ManpowerGroup, the global leader in innovative workforce solutions, and US-based Cardinal Health.

Beyond our own human capital, TCS believes in using technology as a catalyst to empower people and communities. Among the most powerful initiatives undertaken is the BridgeIT program. It was created to breach the ‘digital divide’ in rural India, especially for the disadvantaged communities and is active in nine states. The program equips youngsters with digital tools and nurtures them to become entrepreneurs, who then provide online services in their rural communities.

We are committed to empowering the youth in our community to solve complex societal challenges, and we continue to run several programs through which we inculcate a culture of technologically focused entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration. Our initiatives like Digital Impact Square in India, Leaders with Purpose in the US and Sustainathons across the globe are a testament to that.


In the Business 4.0 world driven by digital technologies, companies are looking beyond immediate gains to identify a purpose. Entire industries, and companies need to reimagine their business models to ensure rapid decarbonization, equity, diversity, inclusion and socio-economic opportunity for all their stakeholders.  This entails companies embarking on a sustainability-led growth and transformation journey. And this is where TCS’ 100+ offerings in the space of sustainability can help you achieve your sustainability goals.

We leverage our contextual knowledge, investments in research and innovation, and technology expertise, to help you drive action in the areas of:

  • Environmental Management – Climate change mitigation and adoption measures, climate risk management, curbing deforestation, net zero pathways and decarbonization, renewable energy integration
  • Human Capital and Workforce Management – Health, Safety, Wellness, Skilling, Diversity, Inclusion and accessibility
  • Circularity – Product Life Cycle assessments, sustainable product designing and packaging, sustainable logistics and transportation, sustainable product use and disposal, and re-imagining business models for circularity
  • Social Capital and Community Enhancement – Smart cities, smart metering, accessibility, and digital health and wellness platforms
  • Compliance, Reporting and Governance – Including intelligence, data management, and strategy for TCFD, ETS, Taxonomy regulation, hazmat, REACH, ROHS, and other environmental, health, safety reporting requirements of your industry and value chain

Our contextual and deep-seeded knowledge of various industries, our expertise across all technology domains means we can help you strategize and embark on a sustainability strategy that is right for your organization. This is the decade of action and TCS is excited to collaborate with all its stakeholders in ensuring sustainable development for all of us.