When it’s no-one’s job to deliver diversity and inclusion, how do you do it?
By Sue Henley, EMEA Head of Talent Development, Education & Diversity at CA Technologies
You don’t need to have a head of diversity and inclusion or a diversity and inclusion department to drive change across your organisation.
At CA Technologies we are living proof of this and we do things differently. We don’t have a centralised diversity and inclusion department, but rather a matrix approach across the whole business.
This means that the way we deliver and sustain diversity and inclusion makes it something that everyone in our organisation is accountable for.
To achieve this our business has DNA strands – these are meaningful structures and policies that are linked to our people and performance across our entire organisation.
Ultimately, it’s about us being authentic as a business in the way we deliver diversity and inclusion. It’s not a meaningless policy or corporate window-dressing. It’s something each of our employees is committed to an accountable for, and it’s something they live and deliver every-day.
We invest heavily in this area because we believe in equality in the workplace and all other areas of life. We also believe diversity fuels innovation, which is a key business driver that’s imperative for our company.
CA makes software for businesses that are development driven, because we believe those who build the apps will own the future. From planning to development to management to security, at CA we create software that fuels transformation in the application economy.
Clearly, this demands exceptional innovation from the best and brightest minds – people who are passionate about making things happen and having a great time along the way. Our diverse and fast-paced culture, have put us on the map as one of the best employers in IT.
To lead in the application economy and deliver superior customer experience at all levels of the organisation it is imperative we continue to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce.
We strive to connect every part of our business to diversity and inclusion – it’s a differentiator for us, for sales, our relationships, and our future. It’s who we are.
Our work in delivering diversity and inclusion across the whole business includes unconscious bias training, to help staff recognise how biases impact leadership and recruitment.
We’ve also doubled the number of women in our business who have had media training, as we need women to tell our story and promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths to other women.
And as part of our work to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in our workforce some of our employees have taken part in Business in the Community’s race equality campaign on Cross Organisational Mentoring Circles (COMC).
COMC brings together peer level mentees from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds across different organisations to network and develop through established action learning sets in a supportive, confidential environment.
Support from management has enabled six of our BAME employees to invest six days in offsite training to support their development growth. During the six months we have seen significant personal progression and promotions for 50% of our BAME participants.
One has progressed from an individual contributor to a manager role and two have progressed one band level to a senior role. The success of our efforts in this area is now being recognised and in November we were named as one of the UK’s best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people.
Business in the Community named us on their list as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race, which highlights best practice on workplace race equality and inclusion.
The listing is unranked and includes 65 public and private sector organisations listed in alphabetical order who collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK.
We feel our success proves that if you embed diversity and inclusion into the culture of an organisation everyone can drive change.
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