NEW DELHI: Now there is need to work with internal and external stakeholders across locations for mainstreaming biodiversity as an important sustainability element. To achieve this goal Tata Steel India has appointed Dr Hishmi Jamil Husain an active IUCN Commission member first Head of Biodiversity with corporate sustainability.
As a pioneering steel maker, sustainability is embedded in the very culture of Tata Steel. The sense of responsibility towards the planet and the welfare of the community is very intrinsic to the company’s value systems that predates even the first steel ingot that rolled out of its Steel’s plant more than a century ago.
Tata Steel have embedded sustainable practices across the value chain and are actively pursuing initiatives towards biodiversity conservation.
It has entered into a partnership with IUCN to seek guidance on biodiversity conservation and take this beyond regulatory regimes to set high standards for it on social and environmental matters.
Since 2013, IUCN and Tata Steel have been working together on developing corporate Biodiversity Policy and Biodiversity Management Plans (BMPs) for its mining sites. As a result, Company adopted Biodiversity Policy in 2016.
Dr Hishmi is having international experience in the field of Environment Management, Sustainable Development & Water Management. He did Post Graduate Diploma in Universalization of Socio-economic Securities from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, (The Hague, The Netherlands), Executive Master in e Governance from EPFL, Lausanne, (Switzerland) and Ph.D in Lithology and Soil Characteristics in Relation to Forest Vegetation of Himalaya from Forest Research Institute, University, Dehradun, (India).
For different trainings, studies and research he has visited countries USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Spain, Singapore, Estonia, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Sri Lankha Qatar etc. He got several fellowships and recognitions nationally and internationally.
His name is among the notable alumni of International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Aligarh Muslim University, Commission Member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and Commission on Education and Communication, 2015 Young Scientist Award, 2016 Environment Scientist Award and associate member of Government Think Tank on Environment and Development.
He has implemented community initiatives and Social Development and submitting reports and meeting regulatory compliance of various Government departments, viz., Pollution Control Board, Centre Ground Water Board, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change. He has developed the corporate social responsibility plan and resettlement and rehabilitation plan.
Dr Hishmi has implemented Vulture Save Zone program in 32,000 Km2 in central India with Bombay Natural History Society and Birdlife International by engaging more than 40000 people and various departments to protect the vultures.
Dr Hishmi worked in multidisciplinary, multicultural and multinational teams to develop a framework for sustainable management of natural resources, environment conservation, water and biodiversity management. He is associated as Commission member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and various research organisations.
He has developed the sustainable model for environment management which is integrated with various activities that lead to reduction in environment impact engaging communities for their livelihoods in drought prone central India.