One of my favourite quotes from our board member Janina Kugel is that diversity is “not about making teams more colourful, it’s about making them more powerful!”
At Thinkproject we believe that being a diverse company – that takes measures for more inclusion – is the key to success. It is deeply rooted in our company DNA, our culture as well as our values. Diverse teams strengthen companies in that new information and perspectives are tied to innovation, which is vital to create better products for our customers.
As 2018 research from McKinsey shows, greater diversity in the workforce results in greater profitability and value creation. The same holds true at the executive level, as McKinsey found a statistically significant correlation between diverse leadership and better financial performance.
The process of inclusion does not only relate to overcome the gender gap but furthermore to establish a greater cultural variety, the integration of more people with different believes and more space for individual perspectives. The integration of more gender diversity is only one part of becoming an inclusive enterprise.
Since 2020 Thinkproject has an employee-driven, internal Women’s Network with a mission to promote women’s professional development, provide a network within the company, and to empower each other. On a monthly basis we discuss topics such as mentoring, balancing work and private life, and being role models to other women to network more proactively.
Our majority investor, EQT, aims to lead the diversity & inclusion charter from the front and challenge homogenous teams and level the playing field for all making them the perfect partner for Thinkproject.
We are continuously evolving our HR Strategies to exclude naturally arising bias as much as possible. Diverse interview panels, represented by different employees with various cultural or religious backgrounds, and individual expertise areas, help to avoid unconscious prejudices that could affect the decision on a potential candidate. In 2020 we also signed the Charter of Diversity to formalize our deep commitment to promote a diverse workplace.
Of course, there is always more work to be done. We are at the beginning of an unprecedented transformation in both the technology sector but also in the AECO industry. This will open new opportunities for all of us and it will bring us one step closer to creating a truly equitable workplace.
Part of looking at our own diversity & inclusion practices also includes our social commitment. For us, social responsibility means that we all have a duty to act in the best interests of our environment and society as a whole. We have a committee of employees’ that works to create a positive working environment for the team. They organise charity events and donations, and work socials to have an impact on the greater communities within which we work.
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