The IT-BPM sector, a knowledge-based industry and major hirer of women as well as People with Disabilities (PwDs), has remained at the forefront of employee diversity.
Recognising this, NASSCOM has been looking keenly at the issue of diversity in the workplace, urging its member organisations to become more inclusive by creating a level playing field for all employees.
Several NASSCOM members have already begun this journey and have put in place the necessary policies and regulations that promote inclusion. New members, particularly smaller organisations however, still need a bit of handholding to get started on this path and NASSCOM, will soon be setting up a task force to support them in this task.
The aim of the endeavour will be to sensitise organisations on the requirements of PwDs and help them create accessible work environments. The idea is to make organisations aware that PwDs are an important talent pool and need to be employed in larger numbers. While PwDs currently account for around 0.5 percent of the total workforce in many organisations, the goal is to increase this figure to 1 per cent.
In order to spotlight this issue further and focus attention on the importance of inclusive growth for businesses, NASSCOM recently hosted closed door HR roundtables in Bengaluru and New Delhi.
The sessions raised issues relating to the definition of inclusive growth, the role of HR in facilitating inclusion within organisations and the investments needed to be made by leadership to build inclusive organisations. The speakers spoke about measuring the Return on Investment (RoI) for such initiatives, while participants shared data points related to the risks and sustainability of organisations.
The outcome of the discussion was a ‘5-point agenda’ that was created for organisations to promote and embrace inclusive growth. NASSCOM will now use this agenda to spread awareness about inclusive growth among key stakeholders including the government.
NASSCOM Foundation’s MyKartavya initiative has mobilised 250+ IT-BPM employees for the TCS World 10K Marathon to raise awareness for an inclusive workplace, especially for persons with disabilities at marathon scheduled on May 19, 2013 at Bengaluru.
NASSCOM member organisations that participated in the marathon included: ABB India, Aditya Birla Minacs, Attra Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Centurylink Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Cisco, Concentrix Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., EMC India, Hibu India Pvt. Ltd. (Yelladworks), IBM Daksh, Mahindra Satyam, Motorola Mobility India, Prosearch and Tech Mahindra.