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India Inc.: From Intention to Impact

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In the face of a critical shortage of employment-ready talent, India’s business leaders are increasingly looking to women as a crucial untapped economic engine. But many companies are having trouble using diversity-focused programs and policies to create an inclusive workplace where women can succeed. The current representation of women and men in corporate India reveals a disconnect between organizations’ current strategies and women’s inclusion in India Inc.

This report indicates a gap between organizations’ well-intended corporate initiatives and the impact of those initiatives in creating more inclusive workplaces for women. 

For diversity and inclusion, human resources, and business leaders looking to develop a systems approach to change in India Inc., this report focuses on how to improve workplace inclusion in the following areas:

  • Foundational Approaches to help organizations address issues that set the stage for progressive change.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements and Cultures to help overcome sociocultural barriers.
  • Employee Leave and Reintegration Programs to create workplace environments where talent is valued.
  • Leadership Development Programs to ensure that growth is inclusive and monitored from the top.
  • Employee Inclusion Efforts to build networks and create inclusive cultures for all employees.

Research Partners: AT&T Inc.BloombergBMO Financial GroupThe Boston Consulting GroupCardinal Health, Inc.Chevron CorporationCredit SuisseDebevoise & Plimpton LLPDell Inc.Desjardins GroupDeutsche Bank AGEYHalliburtonHewlett-Packard CompanyIBM CorporationKeyBankKimberly-Clark CorporationMcDonald’s CorporationNovo NordiskPAREXELSodexoState Street CorporationUPSVerizon

How to cite this product: Shyamsunder, Aarti, Alixandra Pollack, and Dnika Travis. India Inc.: From Intention to Impact. New York: Catalyst, 2015.