“Diversity is no longer an option, it is a business imperative,” said Sue Henley, Head of Talent Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Europe, Middle East & Africa, CA Technologies.
“Research* has shown that organisations with a more diverse workforce are 35 per cent more successful than organisations without, so this is something that we take very seriously.
“We believe that innovation and invention are the by-products of an inclusive and diverse workplace. Behind each of our breakthroughs is a team of individuals who examine challenges from every possible angle. In fact, we consider our employees’ diversity of thought, background and experience to be our strongest asset,” she added.
CA Technologies promotes an inclusive and diverse workplace through its global program called THRIVE. At its UK headquarters in Datchet, Slough, employees, at all levels, are engaged in taskforces to tackle issues such as attracting and recruiting diverse talent as well as developing and retaining staff.
Regular events to promote diversity are held both internally and externally. The company will be celebrating International Women’s day on March 8 with a series of activities designed to engage and encourage employees to recognise the importance of diversity.
“We are thrilled to have improved our race diversity benchmark from Bronze to Silver this year, and to have maintained our Silver benchmark for gender diversity,” said Sue Henley.
Almost 100 public and private sector organisations submitted workforce data on gender and race, and were assessed on a range of key areas, including career progression, recruitment, supplier diversity, and senior management and board representation of ethnic minorities and women.
Sandra Kerr, Business in the Community’s Race Equality Director, said: “Congratulations to CA Technologies on being awarded Silver for both gender and race diversity in the workplace in the Business in the Community Diversity and Wellbeing Benchmark 2015. CA has demonstrated a strong commitment to creating inclusive workplaces where employees are valued and rewarded for their contribution to the organisation, regardless of gender. I hope other employers will learn from their example and use it to drive real change within their own organisations.”
The Benchmarking Process
97 organisations took part in the 2015 Diversity and Wellbeing Benchmark: 27 from the public sector and 70 from the private sector. The Benchmark Survey is formed of two parts: the Diversity Impacts Survey is a submission of workforce metrics covering the ethnicity and gender of employees, and the Diversity Inputs Survey is a submission of supporting documentary evidence and statements relating to workplace policies. The process is led by a Benchmarking Manager and all Benchmarking submissions were double reviewed by Business in the Community’s team of diversity experts. In 2015, the Benchmark also included elements of age diversity and employee wellbeing.
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. Our members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future. The workplace campaigns at Business in the Community are committed to ensuring that age, gender, race and wellbeing do not limit an employee’s engagement and success in the workplace. We work with our membership of employers from private, public and education sectors to offer tailored, practical and pragmatic advice on workplace issues of age, gender, race and wellbeing. Business in the Community is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society. http://workplace.bitc.org.uk/
*Research Source: http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/why-diversity-matters