IT is a male dominated world and Getronics has made it its mission to even out the industry and inspire more women to get involved.
Through Getronics ‘Women in Technology’, the company aims to promote diversity by encouraging women to take up a leading role and become an example of encouragement within Getronics and the ICT world as a whole.
As a global player with clients from all over the world, all with different backgrounds, cultures and ideas, Getronics attaches great importance to promoting equal opportunities for all, to reflect the diversity of its customers among its employees.
Therefore, Getronics will be encouraging women, still a minority within the company, to pursue their ambitions and develop their full potential in order to become role models for other young women worldwide who lack the information or references in an ICT world still mainly dominated by men.
“We know that human capital is the core of business success, and that diverse talent is the heart of innovation. Diversity is not just a buzz word. Differing perspectives and unique points of view are a vital force for growth. And, for our employees to truly represent the communities in which they live and work around the world, this means embracing difference,” emphasises Deborah Exell, global head of human capital and change at Getronics.
To do so, the company has already outlined some practical measures, some of which are currently in place and some soon to be launched. They will have an impact on the development of women within the enterprise in the short, medium and long-term.
To drive the initiative further, Getronics has put together a working group composed of role models within leadership. Regional round tables will also be held to obtain valuable input into strategy and identify talent. The company also aims to develop a coaching program, emphasise women’s successes, participate in external events and engage with universities and other organisations that value women, as well as produce a Women in Technology strategy to 2020.
“But we won’t stop there. Women in Technology must be seen as the first step in a broader frame aiming to promote inclusiveness for all genders, ages, ethnicities and beliefs,” explains Caroline Montgomery, global head of engineering & solutions at Getronics. “We see diversity as a strength and believe our company can only benefit from the richness that is inevitably connected to it.”