Welcome to 1st annual Workplace Excellence Award: Tech Diversity Award for 2017

The 2017 Tech Diversity Award is dedicated to companies making an effort to become more inclusive.

Although many technology organizations strive for diversity, for the most part, they are unsuccessful. This is why politicians and activists have been targeting these companies – pressuring them to act. To change for the better. To become more inclusive. Our sister Workplace Excellence Award, Tech Culture asks companies about their diversity initiatives and for the most part, they all say they try but admit to doing poorly.

The companies below deserve tremendous credit because they are proactively looking to differentiate themselves as companies trying to increase the level of diversity in their organizations.

For example, at Aeris Group, they provide a structured program for women helping women advance careers. The program was designed for learning, networking, etc. Activities include lectures about techniques that women can leverage to succeed.

At Full Circle Insights, the company employs a gender diversity initiative modeled on the NFL’s Rooney Rule, ensures that at least two qualified women are interviewed for all open positions. In addition, the company actively seeks to achieve diversity in its workforce as part of its values.

At Vodafone, their timeline of diversity success deserves tremendous admiration – they can be a model organization for others to follow:

2008: One of the first global companies to externally declare a gender target

2010:Begins hiring male and female graduates in equal numbers

2014:Connected Women report highlights transformative projects across our markets

2015:

  • Pioneering Global Maternity Policy launches
  • Commitment to educating 3m young refugees, Vodafone becomes global UN HeforShe partner · Vittorio Colao, Vodafone CEO recognized globally as a role model by the BBC.

2016:

  • Commitment from 10 CEOs to connect 50 million women in emerging markets
  • Unconscious bias training rolls out globally across Vodafone global markets for all employees

We hope the recognition bestowed upon these organizations results in more companies following these leaders in making tech companies and IT departments throughout the world more diverse and inclusive.

COMPANY NAME

LOCATION

GRADE

SUMMARY

Aeris

Aeris-logo

Santa Clara, CA

A

Aeris Group provides a structured program for women helping women advance careers. The program was designed for learning, networking, etc. Activities include lectures about techniques that women can leverage to succeed.

Full Circle Insights

fullcircleinsights-logo

San Mateo, CA

A

At Full Circle Insights, the company employs a gender diversity initiative modeled on the NFL’s Rooney Rule, ensures that at least two qualified women are interviewed for all open positions. In addition, the company actively seeks to achieve diversity in its workforce as part of its values.

Vodafone

Vodafone-logo

Berkshire, UK

A

At Vodafone, their timeline of diversity success deserves tremendous admiration – they can be a model organization for others to follow:

2008: One of the first global companies to externally declare a gender target

2010: Begins hiring male and female graduates in equal numbers

2014: Connected Women report highlights transformative projects across our markets

2015:

  • Pioneering Global Maternity Policy launches
  • Commitment to educating 3m young refugees, Vodafone becomes global UN HeforShe partner
  • Vittorio Colao, Vodafone CEO recognized globally as a role model by the BBC.

2016:

  • Commitment from 10 CEOs to connect 50 million women in emerging markets
  • Unconscious bias training rolls out globally across Vodafone global markets for all employees