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Announced the Corporate Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today organized the NASSCOM Diversity & Inclusion Summit 2015 with ‘Empowering Inclusion’ as the core theme this year. The summit witnessed industry leaders share insights on the need to include diversity as a business imperative by synergizing with the agenda of inclusive growth. NASSCOM and NTT DATA also announced the launch of ‘Ntercept’ a mobile based safety application for women, aimed at creating a secure working environment for employees of the sector.

Key Highlights:

  • Direct employment of 3.1 million in FY2014
  • Multi-faceted, young and suitable talent pool:

  • 170,000 foreign nationals
  • 27 years average age
  • 11-12% domain specialists
  • Epicentre of global tech industry: ~45% headcount of global MNCs
  • Employee diversity a key driver:

  • 65% in the entry and mid-management level
  • 50% from non-Tier-I locations
  • 34% women employees with over half at entry level

Earlier engineering was considered the exclusive domain of men. However, that has now evolved, with almost 50% of entry level workforce in the IT/ITES companies represented by women. Over the last few years the industry has also been actively pursuing inclusion of people with disabilities as well as encouraging an overall inclusive work culture. The Summit witnessed speakers from all walks of life sharing best practices on the organizational initiatives that encourage inclusion. A few key thought leaders highlighted innovative programs that have worked in many organizations and shared perspective on driving the inclusivity journey to the next level across the industry.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, said, “The Indian IT and ITES Industry is a successful model that demonstrates the power of creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. Diversity as we now know is not just about gender and our next imperative is to unravel the various elements that impact the culture of organizations. Knowledge of generational diversity from a cultural point of view is also very important with a deeper understanding of what each generation values at both the individual and organizational scale. We at NASSCOM will continue to work with the government and NGO’s to aid and assist companies in their diversity and inclusion journey and honoring these companies in their endeavors to encourage best practice.”

On the sidelines of the event, NASSCOM also declared the winners of the NASSCOM Corporate Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion to recognize and honor companies that have adopted and implemented policies and practices to promote inclusion as well as enabled employees to contribute towards the success of their enterprise across all levels. This year, the nominations were across three different categories i.e. Excellence in Gender Inclusivity, Excellence in Inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities and Excellence in Leadership (Individual) for Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion.