Each year ODA-Nettverk awards dedicated work supporting the promotion of gender equality and diversity in the tech industry. The ODA Award Organization award will be presented for the 11th time this year. The winner will be announced at the Inspiration Day on the 4th of May. The finalists are:
Candidate 1: Avanade
Avanade is a global technology consultancy. The company have achieved 100% gender pay equity globally, 50% females in leading positions and offers several programs to encourage women’s participation in STEM and to return to the workforce after taking care of family.
Avanade is a visible role model within the technology industry and have demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusion through internal and external initiatives. They celebrate their values and have set policies like gender transition leave for any employee that wants to transition to another gender.
Avanade empowers their employees through diversity training and supports strong employee networks for several under-represented groups. The company have successfully created a framework for engaging everyone in the organization, as diversity is a tide that lifts all boats.
Candidate 2: EY
EY is a multinational professional services firm that provides audit, advisory, tax, and transaction advisory services. In 2020, EY announced a new global goal to have at least 30% of its partners and directors be women by 2025. The company have also implemented several programs to support underrepresented groups, such as their Neurodiversity Centers of Excellence, which provide support and accommodations for employees with autism and other neurodiverse conditions. EY believes a more diverse workforce can create more value, and help the company build a more inclusive and better working world.
In terms of results, EY’s Tax and Law division has achieved gender balance in its partner positions, with four out of ten partners being women. With this achievement EY is ahead of their competitors. The company is also a visible role model in the technology industry, supporting various initiatives to inspire women to choose a career in tech.
One of EY’s notable initiatives is their EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, which aims to identify and support high-potential women entrepreneurs around the world. Since the program’s inception in 2008, it has helped over 600 women entrepreneurs scale their businesses and has contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs
Candidate 3: Politiets IT-enhet
Politiets IT-enhet (PIT) is the Norwegian Police’s IT unit. The Organization is a role model for increased diversity and female representation in its executive leadership team with 40% women. PIT encourages inclusivity and diversity in all job postings, as well as in its workplace culture. They have been successful in attracting an equal number of female and male interns. The total of women in the organization is 32 % and the share of female in leadership positions is 53 %.
The organization is a visible role model in the technology industry and promotes female representation on its website under the «Technologists with a Mission» page. They share knowledge and experience, including their own podcast DigiTalt and by visiting podcasts such as «Agile in the Police» by Smidigpodden and by speaking at conferences like JavaZone.
PIT also encourages leadership to motivate and develop employees, create results through collaboration with others, and set direction to drive change. The company has shown its commitment to promoting diversity at all levels of the organization, including leadership positions.
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