Diversity & Inclusion has been a part of Capgemini’s core values since our inception. In North America, strengthening our diversity and promoting a more inclusive culture is a top business priority, as we recognize its ability to move us forward in a competitive, increasingly culturally and globally diverse market. Promoting diversity is morally correct, and it enhances our business activities. While many of our colleagues are familiar with our efforts in the Inclusion space, a shift is happening in that Capgemini is now positioned in many of our business communities as a thought leaders on this topic.
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Capgemini US and Canada attained EDGE Certification in 2016 and 2017, respectively. EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality, is the leading global assessment methodology and business certifications standard for gender equality. EDGE Certification is designed to help organizations not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also to benefit from it.
Capgemini’s U.S. business was awarded the EDGE Assess Certification, the first professional services firm in the U.S. with this distinction.
Capgemini Canada has been granted the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Move certification for its representation of women in leadership roles at manager and above, and the positive employee perception among men and women around fairness of pay. It is the first professional services firm in Canada to receive this designation.
Gender Balance in Action
Gender Balance is not just about external certifications an accolades. We must review our progress against internal metrics. Refer to these highlights for hiring, retention and promotion.
- In 2017 H1, female hire parity is higher than male hire parity in each grade except “A”.
- In 2016 grades “C”, “D” and “E” had improved parity in comparison to year 2016 hire parity.
- Retention Parity 2017 shows much improved results in terms of parity and retention both in comparison to 2016.
- Improved parity in Grade “A” promotions male (2.7%) vs. female (3.2%) in 2017 (as compared to 2016) which was – male (1.3%) vs. female (4.4%).
- Improved parity in Grade “B” promotions male (9.8%) vs. female (8.8%) in 2016 (as compared to 2015) which was – male (6.9%) vs. female (11.5%).
- Improved parity in Grade “E” promotions male (12.2%) vs. female (13.7%) in 2016 (as compared to 2015) which was – male (8.4%) vs. female (16.2%).
Capgemini’s Women’s Leadership Development Program (WLDP) is a six month program designed to provide training, mentoring, career objective-setting and outside coaching for high performing / high potential women Senior Managers+ in the North America organization. Select candidates are nominated based on current performance and potential. Since WLDP’s inception in 2007, 160 colleagues have completed the program. The rate of retention for WLDP participants is 2 points higher than overall NA Retention.
Pictures from Houston Day event:
Rachel Biggs on WLDP:
Strengthening the D&I Competence of our Leaders
Capgemini’s Culture, Bias, and the Brain (CBB) Executive Leadership Program has been specifically designed to advance our culture and enable peak performance through engaging a larger population of our employees. CBB participants identify various dimensions of diversity beyond ethnicity and gender, and engage in discussion around the supporting network to maintain a more diverse workforce. Participants also agree to specific actions they will commit to, to support this work environment.
In 2016, 70 additional NA colleagues participated in this training, and 150+ of our India colleagues participated as offerings for this course now extend beyond NA. There are several course offering scheduled for 2017 across North America. The CR team also hosted a Train-the-Trainer CBB session for several ERG leaders and D&I champions. The addition of CBB trainers positions Capgemini to increase our internal training offerings, and expand the reach of our external training sessions to client and alliance partners.
Advancing Diversity & Inclusion from the Inside, Out
Capgemini understands the importance of sharing our Diversity & Inclusion best practices “beyond our walls.” To that end, we have strong partnerships in the community that serve as our megaphone.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
The Southwest Regional office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Houston hosts programs that include No Place for Hate®, fighting hatred and encouraging diversity in schools K-12, and Community of Respect® encouraging respect and inclusion in all other areas of the community, such as businesses and community organizations.
The Anti-Defamation League Women’s Initiative unites diverse women professionals in ADL’s efforts to promote respect and challenge bigotry through dialogue and awareness.
- In December 2016, Capgemini partnered with the ADL to host a brief for community and business leaders on cyberhate.
- In 2017, Capgemini has served as the lead sponsor for Women’s Initiative 2 key events, both anchored around the topics of Diversity & Inclusion and gender balance. The first, held on International Women’s Day, was on the topic of the Art of Perception, which has powerful connections to Unconscious Bias.
- Lastly. in September, Yvonne Harris and Janet Pope will speak at a community-wide event entitled, In Pursuit of Workplace Gender Equality.
Diversity Best Practices
Diversity Best Practices (DBP) is the preeminent organization for mid to large size organizational diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events, Diversity Best Practices offers organizational members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.
- In 2016 and 2017, Capgemini colleagues have attended a number of DBP Conferences and presented on the topic: Let’s Talk Talent: Examining the Talent Lifecycle through a D&I Lens and Measure the Success of ERGs.
- Additionally, Capgemini received Honorable Mention for two DBP Awards: The CARES ERG for “Above & Beyond” and Nolan Melson for “Affinity Group Leadership.”
Nolan Melson’s Reflections on his DBP Award:
National Diversity Council
The National Diversity Council (NDC) is the first non-profit organization to bring together the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss the many dimensions and benefits of a multicultural environment. The vision of the NDC is to cultivate a nationwide network of affiliated councils to advance diversity and inclusion by transforming our work places and communities into inclusive environments where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential. The mission of the NDC is to be both a resource and an advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion.
Capgemini is proud to support the NDC’s Women In Leadership Symposiums (WILS). The vision of the National Women in Leadership Symposium is to develop a network of nationwide annual events and to be the premier resource for women to be able to network, mentor and participate in professional development programs geared toward helping them rise in their careers. The program’s mission is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to move higher in their organizations.
- This year’s WILS theme is, “Be Fearless: Influence, Innovate and Inspire.” For H1 2017, many Capgemini NA colleagues participated in WILS in various cities throughout North America.
- In April 2017, Capgemini was proud to sponsor the 13th Annual Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference hosted by the National Diversity Council in Houston. This year’s conference theme is Fostering Equity through Inclusion. This three-day conference afforded organizations the opportunity to explore tools and resources necessary to build diverse workforces and remain competitive on the global stage. During the luncheon on Day 2 of the conference, Janet Pope was honored by the National Diversity Council for her Diversity & Inclusion work within Capgemini, and our community.