Wipro CEO Wins Recognition For Women Empowerment
T.K. Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Wipro Limited, was recognized today as a recipient of the 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Award – Cultural Change for Empowerment for Wipro’s proactive commitment to gender equality throughout its business operations developing innovative programs that respond to women’s multiple responsibilities and societal expectations.
The WEPs Leadership Awards recognize CEOs for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the seven Principles, in particular Principle One, which urges companies to establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
Presented at United Nations Headquarters during the Women’s Empowerment Principles annual event, Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge, the awards highlight the implementation of the 7 Principals that advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
T.K. Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Wipro Limited said, “Creating an inclusive and non-discriminatory workplace is very close to our heart and we take immense pride in being a strong advocate of the same. We believe in creating an inclusive environment aimed at helping women executives realize their career ambitions. This recognition is an acknowledgement of our efforts in this direction and I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Wipro.”
He added, “Wipro has crafted a segmented approach towards gender diversity that ties in women-friendly policies suited to various life stages of the employee. This in turn would enable greater participation of women at more levels of management, and Wipro would benefit from the resultant vibrancy of greater diversity. It is this diversity, which makes us a multi-faceted and multi-skilled workplace where people from different backgrounds bring in new perspectives.”
Wipro has instituted gender equity effort around the three themes of Exposure, Flexibility and Empowerment. The “Women of Wipro” (WOW) program, launched in 2008, is a strategic enabler that promotes equal opportunity and gender equality within Wipro. Over the last five years, WOW initiatives have helped nurture an equal opportunity culture, support the career ambitions of women executives, and facilitate greater business participation by women leaders at different levels within the organization.
With 250 leaders from business, civil society, Government and the UN looking on, the awards ceremony emphasized that gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are essential drivers in the race to expand economies worldwide, benefitting both men and women. As the private sector is the engine driving 90 percent of today’s jobs, addressing chronic gender equality must be a top priority for the business community, as well as other stakeholders.
“Meeting the global jobs challenge with approaches that ensure fairness for women and men is central to the business, gender equality and post-2015 development agendas. Indeed, success is interdependent,” said Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director. “We’re very pleased that so many companies are embracing the WEPs and helping to expand opportunities for women in the global job market and eliminate gender job discrimination.”
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