Air India puts in place ethics governance structure to bolster ethics culture


To bolster the ethics culture at the airline, Tata group-owned Air India has put in place an ethics governance structure and is also establishing committees at the apex and regional levels.

With Air India Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Campbell Wilson as its head, the apex ethics committee includes the airline’s Chief Ethics Counsellor, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer as its members.

As per the internal document, the committee has the mandate to formalise ethics-related guidelines, approve policies and procedures related to ethics. Also, the committee will be the final escalation point for the regional ethics committees.

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Tata Group had in September announced a comprehensive transformation plan — Vihaan.AI — to put the loss-making airline on the path to sustainable and profitable growth, among others.

The regional committees will be responsible for building a “positive ethics culture” through continuous engagement, communication and ethics training, and will be supported by local ethics counsellors (LEC) and ethics champions in each region, as per the document.

The airline also informed the employees that it has brought in Gurjot Malhi as its Chief Ethics Counsellor (CEC) from Vistara, where he has set up a similar mechanism.

Malhi has been with the Tata group for ten years during which he has served as Advisor to Managing Director at Tata Steel, Advisor to Tata Sons in Bombay House and Advisor to CEO Vistara.

He has set up the structure of the ethics in Vistara and was the CEC at Vistara from 2014, before joining the current position last month, it stated.

Malhi will oversee and manage the ethics programme and initiatives, enabling the engagement on values and ethics within Air India, according to the communication.

With PTI inputs.

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