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Legal & General recognises the achievements of Tata Consultancy Services - The supplier Making a difference programme.

Alex Wolny presenting Legal & General’s 2010 Making a Difference award to SVS Prasad, TCS
Alex Wolny presenting Legal & General’s 2010 Making a Difference award to SVS Prasad, TCS

07 February 2011

Alex Wolny presenting Legal & General’s 2010 Making a Difference award to SVS Prasad, TCS
Alex Wolny presenting Legal & General’s 2010 Making a Difference award to SVS Prasad, TCS

Every year we hold an award to recognise the achievement of suppliers who ‘Make a Difference’ to their communities. We seek to recognise any suppliers, who have made a significant improvement in their Corporate Social Responsibility impacts.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2010 Making a Difference awards is Tata Consultancy Services for their outstanding work with the youth community in Tower Hamlets.

Tata Consultancy Services became education sponsors to Stepney Green FC in London's Borough of Tower Hamlets, helping boys to avoid drugs, gangs and crime by encouraging engagement with mainstream provision of sport and education.

They developed a partnership with Stepney Green Maths, Computing & Science College (11-16 year old boys). Tata Consultancy Services offered to coach a group of boys to attain goals of academic achievement and employability. This initiative developed into taking on a whole year group of 160 students as they progress through the school, providing an annual 'Passport to Employability' Programme of enterprise workshops, work placements, input for BTEC qualification and equipping them for the world of work.

Following a two week work experience with a group of year 11 students James Mattingly (Assistant Headteacher) said, “It has been a great privilege to work with Tata Consultancy Services over the last two years with the Work Skills programme.

Tata's representatives have helped pupils develop their confidence and team building skills. As a result of the programme 124 pupils out of 138 have now passed their BTEC Work Skills Level 2 which is equivalent to a B grade at GCSE. This qualification is so valuable for the pupils not only in their college interviews but also in their career progressions.”

Alex Wolny, Director, Group Procurement & Supplier Management said; “TCS’s submission really stood out as being an excellent example of an organisation that has a genuine commitment to give something meaningful back to the community. The active participation of the TCS employees in the initiative ensures that an awareness is created that will endure beyond this scheme which is aligned with Legal & General’s approach to supporting social and community programmes. This was an excellent year for the Making a Difference Awards and TCS emerged a worthy winner from strong competition. Congratulations!’”

SVS Prasad, TCS Account Director said; “Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS) commitment to Corporate Sustainability (CS) stems from the Tata Group’s abiding concern for society and environment. This award is a recognition of TCS’ efforts to help the communities wherever TCS does business globally. Thanks to Legal and General for this award. This will further motivate TCSers to contribute to causes like ‘Passport for Employability’ for the Stepney Green FC.”

The winner was decided by representatives from Business in the Community, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, our CSR manager and our Director, Group Procurement & Supplier Management. The outcome was announced at a formal awards ceremony and dinner for all shortlisted finalists at our Coleman Street office on 31 January.

Picture: Alex Wolny presenting Legal & General’s 2010 Making a Difference award to SVS Prasad, TCS

From left to right:
Sunil Menon, (TCS, Account Excellence Head), Martyn Carr (Legal & General, Head of ADM Governance ), 
SVS Prasad (TCS, Account Director), Graham Precey (Legal & General, CSR Manager), 
Lee Fisher (Business in the Community), Alex Wolny, (Legal & General, Director, Group Procurement & Supplier Management),
Will Daly (Legal & General, Operational Governance Manager), Helen Amos (Chartered Institue of Purchasing & Supply)

Notes to editors

The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions.

  1. Legal & General is committed to its broader social responsibilities, including to the environment. It is recognised for its commitment to social responsibility by, amongst other things, inclusion in the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. The Company also holds a Gold classification for Responsible Business in the BITC (Business in the Community) Index and a Platinum position in the BITC Environmental Index. You can read more here
  2. The Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK’s leading financial services companies. As at 30 June 2010, we were responsible for investing £331 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We also had over 6.9 million customers in the UK for our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.
  3. Legal & General’s Sustainable Procurement Policy (PDF) outlines its expectations of its suppliers. They also give their their commitment to help suppliers achieve compliance with their CSR standards which may be found in full at

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