Celebrating diversity. Enabling inclusion.

The world itself is a symbol of entirety and symmetry. Why then can we not work together to fulfil this balance in every aspect of life? This International Women's Day, IWD is asking each person how they can help forge a gender equal world, with a strong belief that an equal world is an enabled world! #EachforEqual

For the second consecutive year, HCL is proud to stand together with IWD in voicing out its position in raising awareness against bias, celebrating women's achievement, and encouraging its employees to help create a gender equal workplace…an equal world.

Last year, we pledged together to play a critical role in helping forge a more gender-balanced world as we worked towards #BalanceforBetter. Through sustained programs and initiatives HCL has moved the needle positively on gender diversity which stands at 26.67% (an improvement of 1.8% over the last year). We have also seen a significant increase of women in leadership positions to 13.42% (an increase of 3.5% over FY'19).

We have consistently and consciously furthered this cause through the following in-organization initiatives and have created a larger social environment that facilitates gender-equal workspaces:

  • Women Connect Chapters in the USA and Europe which have enabled employees in these geographies to network more effectively with their leaders and peers. Engages and advances women through development programs and advocates a gender-neutral work environment. This group coaches and counsels aspiring young women professionals.
  • Women Lead Australia & Nordics: An initiative that empowers capable women leaders through mentorship. The unique design leverages a network of industry leaders mentoring aspiring senior women executives to guide and support them as they drive to the top of the corporate ladder.
  • ASCEND: A program that caters to developing the ‘women leaders of tomorrow’ through comprehensive a peer coaching and consultancy model. It is designed to address their career aspirations through a self-sourced area of interest pertaining to new technologies/domains.
  • 'Red Ladder Awards' for women with a vision and who are the role models of energy and excellence in the organization. HCL's Red Ladder program is a winner of the Stevie's Award for women in Business 2017 in the category of "Women Helping Women".
  • Cultural Empathy & Dexterity: A comprehensive program introduced to enhance the cultural dexterity of our people working across multiple levels. An increased cultural empathy will help us forge highly collaborative partnerships and will form the bedrock of our sustenance on the global platform.

Diversity our 'Differentiator'. Inclusion our 'Integrator'

At HCL, we view Diversity as a 'Differentiator', which is representative of the diversity in beliefs, behaviours, and skills within our organization. Our workforce represents a spectrum of 140+ nationalities coming from many of the countries we do business in – where all work together to build a culture that respects inclusion.

HCL's Diversity and Inclusion strategy focuses on Talent Attraction, Talent Retention, and Talent Growth. These 3 strategies work in tandem to ensure a unified experience in promoting gender diversity, cultural diversity, and inclusivity across the enterprise.

With the aim of enabling strong career development for women, HCL has key programs in place:

  • Senior women managers: Program focuses on their career progression into their aspired role. Key learning elements like one to one mentoring and coaching by senior leaders, peer coaching for domain and technical skill enhancement, blended learning in the form of videos, case studies, and webinars from globally acclaimed learning partners are integrated into the program. The program has been recognized by Brandon Hall as 'Best Advance in Women Leadership Development' - Gold Award (2017) and the 'Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy' – Silver Award (2018). HCL has also been the recipient of NASSCOM's Award for Excellence in Gender Diversity (2019).
  • Mid-level women leaders: Program to mentor them for their 'next level roles' to create a ready pool of talent for existing open positions within the organization.
  • A unique program focuses on 'upward conversations' which leverages a structured space, time, and content for an engaging interaction between the employee and her Reporting / Skip-level Manager.
  • Senior women new hires: An exclusive program enables senior women new hires to settle into the ecosystem of the organization seamlessly.

HCL has also taken steps to create an 'inclusive ecosystem' through focused initiatives aimed at the LGBTQ+ community and People with Disabilities. HCL's Employee Resource Group, Pride@HCL, supports the needs and aspirations of the LGBTQ+ community through the mechanism of 'Advocate, Build, Collaborate, and Develop' for employees in India and the USA. HCL has also created a charter for People with Disabilities (PwD) that focuses on their successful integration into the workforce by providing them an inclusive and accessible work environment through the 4 tenets of 'Employ, Enable, Engage, and Empower'.

The significance of diversity for HCL business and growth is evident from the high focus this derives from its leaders and employees alike. We believe that diversity will increasingly be a driving force of competitive businesses, now and into the foreseeable future.

Together for an equal tomorrow, today

This year, HCL is teaming with IWD to further gender equality in two spheres:

  • IWD's Mission for Women in Technology is to "Celebrate digital advancement and champion the women forging innovation through technology". HCL is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. HCL puts our employees at the forefront of innovation where they innovate and collaborate with one another and customers to seed, nurture, and harvest ideas. We are focused on enabling strong career development for our women and leverage programs designed to enhance women's careers at varying stages of their professional journeys. HCL Foundation was established in 2011 as the corporate social responsibility arm of HCL. It is a gold standard not-for-profit organization that brings about lasting positive impact in the lives of people through long term sustainable programs implemented in full engagement with HCL’s own employees and partners. Programs are “gender-equal” and include holistic community development, youth education and success programs, investments in IT centers, and training in technology and life skills.
  • IWD's Mission for Women and Sport is to "Celebrate women athletes and applaud when equality is achieved in pay, sponsorship, and visibility". Sport offers a platform for all to forge physical and mental benefits through better behaviours, habits, mindsets, and skillsets. However even in the new decade, young girls and women do not find sport to be a level playing field – with barriers to recreational and professional participation across unequal opportunities, sponsorship, pay, and visibility. HCL is specifically committed to driving conversations – raising awareness, highlighting successes, and celebrating achievements towards the IWD 2020 mission of women in sport.

A call to collective individualism

As individuals, we are responsible for what we think and what we do. Every day, we can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, practice acceptance, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women's achievements. #EachforEqual. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world – an enabled world.

Other key diversity initiatives

  • Stepping Stones: A focused career development program to enable mid-level female employees to realize their career aspirations and potential and help them in their developmental journey. It coaches women who are new mothers and require help to manage the new expectations at work and home.
  • Feminspiration: A platform facilitated by the HCL Women Connect Affinity Network in which successful women leaders are invited to address employees and provide insights into successful leadership as well as understand perspectives on gender matters.

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