Embracing an inclusive culture

Posted: November 3, 2021

I am proud to work at AVEVA most days, but I have been particularly proud recently.

Setting our first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) targets and reporting our ethnicity pay gap for the first time is a fundamental step on our journey towards an equal future. Here at AVEVA, we realize that the wellbeing of our people is enhanced when they feel valued, respected and that they belong. Diversity is something that should strengthen us as an organization, not divide us, and we want employees to be able to express their views in an honest and open way. Our leaders work extremely hard to support a culture where employees feel empowered to, and will be respected for doing so. Our people are our business and I want every new starter to feel that they are valued from the day they walk through the door.

It is amazing to look back on all the initiatives we have facilitated for our people over the past year as we’ve all learned to navigate the challenges of the pandemic. One highlight for me was watching how our organization came together during such a difficult time through AVEVAFEST21. Connecting everyone, albeit virtually, was important for us, particularly as we welcomed many new team members. Our Employee Resource Groups and DEI Committees have been highly active and played a critical role in promoting awareness and learning and celebrate diversity.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, I am delighted to see that our gender pay gap continues to close and that globally representation of women at AVEVA has increased to 26.5%. We clearly have a lot more to do and that is why we have committed to a goal of reaching gender balanced recruitment by 2030. We are also extremely pleased to be leading in disclosing ethnicity pay gap data ahead of most other companies.

Setting our own high standards for what we want to achieve is how we operate, however, to be recognized externally for the time and effort we pour into building an inclusive workplace is very rewarding. I was so pleased that we received several awards at the recent Global Equality & Diversity Awards. AVEVA won the Transparency Award and was highly commended in the Inclusive Workplace Award.

We are aware that our data isn’t perfect and doesn’t always make for comfortable reading, but that shouldn’t stop us from exploring it. It has given us a better picture of our organization and by holding ourselves publicly accountable, we will drive the change we want to see. This information will shape the processes we use to hire, develop and reward our people moving forward. Our representation targets are currently focused on gender; however, we are in the process of evaluating similar long-term goals to improve across all areas of DEI. We are on a journey to progress and be more transparent, and as a result we hope that AVEVA is a great place to belong.

 

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