LONDON, 23 NOVEMBER, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) has today announced its support for Tech Talent Charter by becoming a founding signatory, as part of its continued commitment to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in the UK technology industry.
“There is a major STEM skills gap in Europe, which is having a huge impact not just on our industry, but on broader society as our lives become more digital,” said Sarah Atkinson, VP, EMEA Communications, CA Technologies. “A diverse workforce is crucial to innovation, and it is only by working together that businesses can drive meaningful change in the technology industry. At CA Technologies, we are committed to attracting, retaining and developing diverse talent, and our involvement in the Tech Talent Charter strengthens that commitment.”
The Tech Talent Charter was founded by a number of organisations across the recruitment, tech and social enterprise fields and was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy in March 2017. It is run as an industry collective, recognising that only through working together and joining forces, can any real meaningful change happen.
To effect meaningful change, signatories of the Tech Talent Charter pledge to:
- having a senior-level, named representative with responsibility for the Charter commitments;
- adopting inclusive recruitment processes, working toward a goal that, wherever possible, women are included on the shortlist for interviews;
- ensuring they have employment policies and practices that support the development and retention of an inclusive and diverse workforce;
- working collectively with other signatories to develop, share and implement protocols and best practice for the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter;
- contributing their employment diversity data into a common central anonymised database, for sharing amongst signatories bi-annually, and for publishing publicly in an annual report.
CA Technologies runs a number of initiatives designed to encourage more women into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers, including Create Tomorrow, a Europe-wide STEM programme which has reached over 10,000 students in the two years since its launch. In addition, a gender-focused workgroup of employees, set up as part of CA’s global diversity and inclusion programme Thrive, develops initiatives to help the business attract, recruit, develop and retain top female talent. Both senior management and the workgroup are committed to helping create a balanced workforce within the business and the wider tech industry.