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To contribute to India’s emergence as a global “soft power” through partnering with government, industry and non-governmental bodies to include hitherto marginalised and diverse groups (gender, social, cultural, economic) into the mainstream of national development.

The ability of a diverse group of people to build strength and unity through their diversity is the power that propels the organization and consequently, the Indian industry, into new dimensions of performance. Recognizing the global leverage of our “demographic dividend”, corporate should gear up to act as a catalyst in the development of an inclusive workforce for the world – in all senses of the word. Inclusivity, in this context, is an all-encompassing word which includes Gender, Culture, People with Disabilities and Generational diversity.

The Indian IT-BPO industry has set high standards in inclusivity and is among the first to recognize the business imperative for Diversity and Inclusion. Inclusivity actions have evolved from individual programs to culture-changing organizational efforts. Several studies and industry data have proved that Diversity in management teams is a contributor to success of corporations and economies. While it is important to ensure diversity at every level up to the top management - the process of enabling people to reach there by removing obstacles is an industry and government imperative.

NASSCOM has broadened its vision to focus on Cultural, People with Disabilities, Generational and Gender diversities. To bring this initiative into the mainstream a high powered Diversity Forum has been created. All this intends to expand the employment pipeline by leveraging India’s demographic dividend, drive more innovation and strengthen India’s competitiveness in the global market place.

NASSCOM has always pointed to the possibilities in the future and delineated what needs to be done to convert that vision to reality.

  • Industry level: NASSCOM has initiated a number of actions to promote Diversity and Inclusion in the IT-BPO workplace.
  • Partnerships with Government, academia, media and NGOs to reach, skill and empower our citizens.