2016/07/28 08:35 Anand Kumar, “Reflections on the Tata Sustainability Journey”, ISSS 2016 Boulder

Plenary @ISSSMeeting Anand Kumar, Keynote #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Day 4 theme:  Systems Theory, Management, and Practice

Plenary VII: Engineering Sustainable Systems and Technology

  • Description: To build sustainable and thriving systems, societies, and civilizations we need to combine real-world experience with practical methods in engineering, design, cybernetics, ethical control systems, service systems, and other emerging technological fields such as bioneering and nanotechnology. How do we transcend current limits to realize innovative and entrepreneurial technological possibilities within a sustainability framework?

Chair: Gary Smith, EADS Cassidian Systems, European Region Director, INCOSE Healthcare Working Group

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[Gary Smith]

Gary Smith, Thursday plenary

Engineering session, three engineers

Great relationship between INCOSE and ISSS

As engineers, provide solutions to problems

  • Can’t spell, boring, but we try to do what’s right
  • Need to accept and let go of the past

Video of “INCOSE – Think Engineer” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3YyekiHX2M

Anand Kumar, TCS Research

[Anand Kumar]

Anand Kumar, Thursday plenary

Have been working with Tata for more than a decade

  • What learned from mentors
  • Personal opinions

Not a Journey of a group, but instead a Journey of a Country guided by a few good me

  • Independence from Britain
  • Torch bearers at Tata, have refined the original vision of the founders
  • 100 countries, 6 continents, 66% of shares held by Philanthropic Trusts

Founding principles:

  • Pursuit of profits must go to community
  • Community isn’t just a stakeholder, but the purpose
  • Achieving longevity:  what comes from the people goes back to the people, many times over; cycling being complete, return to society what we can
  • Capitalistic by definition, Socialistic by character: Wealth that accrues supports an assortment of causes, institutions and individuals in a wide variety of areas

Vision:  By 2025, 25% of world population will experience the Tata improvement of life

Mission:  Serve globally through long-term shareholder value

Core values:

  • Integrity:  fair, honest and transparent
  • Understanding:  caring, respect, compassion and humanity
  • Excellence: strive for highest possible standards
  • Unity: Work cohesively with stakeholders
  • Responsibility:  sensitive to countries, communities

Heritage:  Leadership with trust

Institutionalized responsibility:  mindful of environmental, social and moral responsibilities

Code of conduct:  actively assist in improving the quality of life


  • Environment
  • Give back to cogs-in-the-wheel
  • Families
  • Countries
  • Communities

Tata Nagar, started in 1910

  • Green city, clean city, steel city
  • Cleanest city in India

Noamundi Iron Mine:  Afforestration, put in plantations

Stop water pollution, save mahseer:  breeding fish

Diversity and equal opportunity

Respect for individuals:  1877 pension and gratuity

Progressing humanity, education and research

  • National literacy

Not for profit cancer hospital:  temple of healing

Empowering children, spark of knowledge: put computers in more than 1000 centres, opportunity to learn

Beyond resettlement and rehabilitation, keeping the faith

Urban migration, tackling malnutrition

  • Poverty reduction
  • Better working conditions, investing in sanitation

Sustainability is not an endeavor, it defines who we are


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