More than 140 years of empowering women at Ericsson
Here at Ericsson – in every role, in every country – women are helping us to transform the future of connectivity. In honor of International Women's Day, we are paying tribute to women everywhere, working with us to empower people, business, and our society. We have been operating for more than 140 years – and women have strongly contributed to the company's success, starting with Hilda, the wife of our founding partner, Lars Magnus Ericsson, and who did not remain idle in an ivory palace but was very much involved in building this company into the successful business it is today.
For the 7th year in a row, we will celebrate the International Women's Day around March 8 globally – It will act as an occasion for us to both reflect on our progress so far as well as further our commitment and call for additional action.
Join us in support of #EachforEqual
This year, amongst other things we rally around the global community theme #EachforEqual. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender equal world is key. Therefore we invite anyone who read this to join us in not only creating awareness but also taking a step for gender equality.
How to get involved: It’s easy! Just strike an equality pose, take a photo, and then share via social media what you will do for #EachforEqual.
Don't forget to add the hashtags, #IWD2020 and #EachforEqual.
Where are we as a company?
As a company we are making progress towards a better-balanced workforce, but we are not yet where we want to be. We are happy that our numbers are moving in the right direction. At the end of 2018, we had 23% women in the workforce, At the end of 2019 we have managed to increase overall number to 25% and the number of women on executive level at 32%. Even yet, we are not where we want to be and will continue our efforts and commitment to gender equality.
What more are we doing as a company?
One issue that tech companies are facing is the overall limited number of talent within STEM subjects, in which the proportion of females continues to be disproportionately low. Ericsson is a longtime supporter of International Girls in ICT Day, the purpose of which is to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider career in ICT.
Connect to Learn is one of the concrete ways that we are working to support the education of women and girls. We strongly encourage girls to study STEM subjects that will prepare them for employment in the ICT sector. Gender diversity is important for us not only for business reasons but also because we know that jobs in the ICT sector have significant potential to help in the achievement of SDG 5 (gender equality and female empowerment).
Another challenge many have when looking at this topic is to manage unconscious bias. This is why we are very excited to try out new experiments based on behavioral science in several of our people processes like hiring, performance and succession management. All in effort to mitigate the risk of unconscious bias seeping into decisions of our employee lifecycle. To date two experiments have started with another three planned to kick off this spring.
We have also continued initiatives from previous years. Initiatives like: systematic review and redesign of our job adverts to ensure gender neutral language. We have created new Inclusion eWorkouts, for both awareness but to engage our people through practical learning. As well as accelerating female employees through our ALTitude Acceleration Program.
In addition to this, we would also like to highlight all the fantastic employee resource groups that we have within Ericsson who work to support, promote, and drive a diverse and inclusive working environment, and provide the organization their unique perspectives and insights. Examples of such groups are WE and Ericsdotter, for and by the women at Ericsson.
With this being said, we know we are not there yet, so we will continue to act for further change. Not only because it's the right thing to do but because we believe that diverse, inclusive teams drive performance and innovation, thus creating a greater business value.
Let's all be #EachforEqual.
Learn more about gender equality at Ericsson.
Check out these interesting blogs by some of our female colleagues, sharing their views on diversity and inclusion.