November 30, 2017

Global Reporting Initiative appoints TCS Asia Pacific executive to board of directors

Girish Ramachandran, president, TCS Asia Pacific, brings proven and recognised TCS sustainability capabilities and expertise to leading global sustainability organisation

AMSTERDAM | MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, today announced that Girish Ramachandran, president, TCS Asia Pacific, has been appointed to the board of directors of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a leading worldwide sustainability reporting organisation based in Amsterdam.

GRI is an independent international organisation that has pioneered sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. The GRI board of directors is the ultimate decision-making authority – it has the legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organisation and promotes change towards a sustainable global economy and increasing corporate transparency and accountability.

Tim Mohin, chief executive of GRI, said, "We are extremely grateful to Girish and all those who serve and have served on GRI's various governance bodies. The multi-stakeholder nature and global representation of our governance bodies has been one of the key factors in the success of GRI over the last twenty years, and the contributions of the individuals involved are invaluable in our effort to empower decisions that create social, environmental and economic benefits for all."

Girish Ramachandran, president, TCS Asia Pacific, said, “It is a great honour to join the GRI board of directors and be a part of this illustrious organisation and their extremely important agenda to drive better sustainability practices worldwide. I am also very proud to represent TCS and the Tata group on the board, as we are fully committed to being global leaders in sustainability practices, a mandate that is part of the Tata Code of Conduct, and is an integral element of our corporate DNA.”  

The GRI 2018 board of director position officially begins on January 1, 2018. GRI’s announcement about the new governance body is available here.

TCS is a recognised global pacesetter in corporate sustainability practices. Each year TCS publishes its comprehensive annual Corporate Sustainability Report (now in its 11th edition), which conforms to the GRI G4 Sustainability Guidelines. Recent recognition for TCS includes placement on the Forbes’ Change the World 2017 list; GRI Gold Community 2017 certification; as well as numerous other acknowledgements for sustainability leadership as listed in TCS’ Corporate Sustainability Report. TCS was named #1 in the innaugural Channel News Asia Sustainability Rankings of the top 100 companies in Asia in 2014.