When Mindtree's VP, Joelle Smith, received the 2016 “Women Worth Watching” award by Profiles in Diversity Journal, we talked to another woman leader at the company about diversity in India operations.
When Mindtree's VP and Travel, Transportation & Hospitality Industry Group Head, Joelle Smith, received the 2016 “Women Worth Watching” award by Profiles in Diversity Journal, EE Times India called on the India operations to find out how well Mindtree promotes equal opportunity in India.
The following is from an email Q&A with Chitra Byregowda, Head of Sustainability & Diversity–another woman leading a group at Mindtree.
What is the proportion of women vs. men working as engineers in Mindtree’s India offices?
Byregowda: Gender diversity and inclusivity initiatives at Mindtree are committed towards building a sustainable and growing social business network which mentors women leaders, enables a culture of environmental sensitivity, contributes towards business growth and overall development of the society.
Of our entire talent pool, 30% of engineers based out of India are women. Also we have 52% of women in the recent batch of freshers that we’ve hired. We are also proud to see a 100% of women returning to work after maternity leave. 82% are still engaged with us even after a year.
Does your company undertake any recruitment or CSR programs to encourage women taking up engineering as a career?
Byregowda: Deepening our agenda for gender diversity is an important part of our future plans. We want to push the overall gender ratio at our workplace up from the current level and improve it across the lifecycle of a woman’s career and we have a combination of policies, benefits and support systems that play an important role in retaining women employees.
Byregowda also outlined certain policies and benefits that help in encouraging gender diversity:
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