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Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-up: April 27, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. I am sure you are aware that Thursday the 26th of April was Girls in ICT Day – and Ericsson celebrated with events all over the world. If you know a young innovator between the age of 9 and 18, please tell them about the “Girls Who Innovate” competition, submissions are open unit the 25th of May! In the meantime enjoy this week’s newsletter and as always – Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Diversity

We know that companies with a diverse workforce or a diverse leadership team perform better financially. According to this study, we also have to take a close look at CEOs and the diversity of their networks. Having a diversely networked CEO creates higher company value, and in case of newly appointed CEOs, leads to a more positive reaction of the stock markets.

Diversity

Uber has just released their latest diversity report and the numbers have improved slightly, but the company is still predominately white and male. Uber had massive challenges last year, with allegations that included gender discrimination and harassment and led to changes in the executive team, including the appointment of a new CEO.

Gender

Although there are more and more female senior leaders and lots of female billionaires in China, the country is still struggling with traditional gender roles. Tech companies advertise roles “for men only” and women are hired as motivators to massage their male colleagues shoulders. This very interesting NYT article has a closer look at China’s tech companies and the roles women play.

LGBTQ

Three weeks after an Australian Rugby player made homophobic comments on social media, the New Zealand rugby teams All Blacks and Black Ferns teamed up with their sponsor AIG to release the #DiversityIsStrengthcampaign. The video featuring the rainbow flag says that discrimination is their next enemy and must be defeated together.


Related links:

Girls in ICT Day
Girls Who Innovate


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa and is really passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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