To recognise a workplace initiative that has had a significant impact on supporting and promoting the advancement of women in India.
Due to the large number and variety in scope of submissions for this Award, Community Business decided to make 2 awards in this category: one for a specific initiative and one for an overall approach to the advancement of women.
Specific Initiative: Stand Tall, Akamai Technologies
Stand Tall is a highly tailored and successful professional development programme, developed internally by Akamai Technologies to strengthen their pool of aspiring women leaders. This immersive programme starts with diagnosis interviews between leadership and the women to understand opportunities for personal development and growth followed by a 3-step approach of training intervention, a development center and 1:1 coaching. Akamai reports that 65% of graduates from this programme have experienced career progression.
Overall Approach: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
As a leader in the technology field, TCS is strategically and purposefully committed to supporting the advancement of women – both internally and externally. TCS ensures sustainable interventions to make the working environment inclusive and bias free, enabling it to develop, retain and advance its 141,000 women. Particularly notable are its iExcel, iSpeak and nWin programmes – targeted initiatives for women at different levels. Its combined and sustained efforts are clearly having an impact, with a reported 23 fold increase in overall representation of women in TCS India since 2004 and the lowest female attrition rates in its industry.