International Women’s Day at Capgemini

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On March 8 each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) provides an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of women and the challenges they face in and outside of the workforce. Several Capgemini offices have marked the week leading up to IWD with a series of special events.

Promoting Gender Diversity around the World

In France, Capgemini is hosting several activities that emphasize the contributions of female employees, and promote its programs for putting more women in central positions.

Meanwhile in India, celebrations for IWD coincide with the 1st anniversary of the Indian Women’s Council (IWC) Forum, which Capgemini launched to help create a women-friendly work environment. The Council is planning events based on the themes of knowledge sharing and personality development, with Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata offices holding similar exercises.

Major Group-wide mobilization, for the third year running, included interviews with women achievers from all levels around the Group posted on the intranet, posters featuring Capgemini women, the release of an internal video highlighting achievements and challenges, a charity initiative to support girl education in India, and a live hour-long webchat featuring five women executives who discussed issues around gender diversity and answered questions submitted by participants as they came in. The webchat was attended by over a thousand Group employees.

Achievements throughout 2008

Capgemini has made substantial headway in the promotion of gender diversity over the past 12 months, with offices lauded for their diversity initiatives.

  • Spain won the Alcobendas Council Prize for Fostering Equal Opportunities and Work-Life Balance.
  • The UK branch was listed in The Times UK newspaper’s Top 50 Places Where Women Want to Work, for the 3rd year running.
  • Capgemini in North America won the EFH Gold Star Award for Commitment to Supplier Diversity for its use of minority and women-owned businesses.   

The number of women elected to VP positions increased to 16%, compared to 10% in 2007, and the Group took steps to boost diversity through recruitment, talent management and development in many countries. It now has women’s councils, networks or similar organizations in all major countries, which it will continue to expand.

While celebrations for IWD might last only a day or week, the values it represents are the same as those the Group is working toward 365 days a year.

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