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Analytics India Magazine’s much-lauded women-in-tech conference saw participation from over 500 attendees, 50 speakers and 200 firms. The 5th edition of ‘The Rising 2023’ featured inspiring stories of women from different backgrounds over two days.
The power-packed event concluded with the ‘Best Firms for Women in Tech Awards’ that recognises companies that have implemented successful programs to promote diversity, provide equitable opportunities for career growth, offer coaching and mentorship to women, and help close the gender pay gap. Sagarika Ghose, the renowned award-winning journalist and author, handed over the awards on behalf of AIM.
Let’s take a look at the winners.
Genpact fosters an inclusive culture by offering paid leave and supportive resources for working parents. It actively pursues diverse talent through campus recruitment and partnerships with minority organisations. The company also sensitises its hiring teams through unconscious bias training and inclusive language practices.
Like Genpact, Lowe’s prioritises an inclusive workplace for women associates, offering equal opportunities for career growth and implementing programs to address the barriers before and after joining the workforce. They prioritise equity over equality to ensure all associates have the resources they need to succeed.
Verizon Data Services India Pvt Ltd (Verizon India)
An early adopter of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, Verizon Data Services leads in diversity and inclusion and adapts to changes in maternity benefits. It launched the ‘WINGS’ program in 2016, supporting women returning to work after a career break and addressing hiring biases.
Futurense values and supports its female employees throughout their lives, and this includes even those on a career break. They prioritise potential over current capabilities in hiring and have achieved gender equality in their leadership team. The company values diversity and has initiatives to support women from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, offering free accommodation and mentorship to those relocating for work.
Joining the winners is TheMathCompany, which offers inclusive parental leave, and period leave and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Its DE&I team conducts research, advocacy, and training on leadership awareness and unconscious bias programmes. The company supports employee resource groups and offers annual medical check-ups, with a special package for women.
Wipro has a policy for holidays, time off, and parental and adoption leaves. They also have a program called ‘Begin Again’ for women returning to work. Wipro ensures equal employment opportunities for all and supports gender equality and women’s empowerment through the ‘UN Women Empowerment Principles’.
Continental Automotive Components – Technical Center (India)
Continental Automotive Components is dedicated to gender diversity and inclusion, with successful strategies to promote women in tech. They started Launch-Pad, a six-to-nine month program under which they hired 16 women on career breaks up to five years, providing on-the-job training, technology learning, and mentoring.
Fractal prioritises diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. They offer unlimited leaves and a gender-neutral program, ‘ReBoot’, for those transitioning back to work. Additionally, an AI chatbot supports employee well-being and active listening.
ABInBev is our next winner for promoting diversity, equitable career growth, closing the gender pay gap, and offering various leave options for primary caregivers. They also have a ‘Ramp On’ program for returning mothers and several benefits, including enhanced maternity coverage and support for childcare and elderly care.
DBS Technology Services
DBS is committed to supporting women. Their key initiatives include a grievance redressal policy, women’s security sessions, an emergency safety service app, and the ASCEND program offering coaching and mentorship. They also run the MyPersona women leadership development program, graduating 11 women in 6 years.
Tata AIA Life Insurance
Tata AIA Life Insurance promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace through programs that support career growth, coaching and mentorship, and work on closing the gender pay gap. They provide extensive support to employees, including maternity leave, medical aid, emergency funds, and flexible work hours. Women employees also have access to specific programs and leave options.
The next winner, LTIMindtree values and supports their female employees through extensive leave policies, prevention of sexual harassment training, gender pay parity, and work-from-home flexibility. They also have a women-specific community for support and engagement in career development and well-being.
Sify prioritises diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplace by empowering and uplifting women. They’ve taken various actions to provide equal opportunities, such as reviewing budgets to prioritise hiring women, creating referral programs, and participating in hiring events for women.