In 2021, we received several prestigious awards from the WomenTech network for our D&I corporate programs, including the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Award for our ‘STEM Career Day’; the Upskill & Reskill Program Award for ‘The Leadership Academy’; and the HR & Program Manager Award. We were also featured as Best Company for Diversity 2021 by Comparably. In addition, our company won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Luxoft’s D&I Program at the Best Business Awards.
The Diversity and Inclusion Group is the core of our Workplace celebrations of diversity, including diversity days and weeks as well as other awareness-increasing efforts. To be even more effective at accelerating change across the world and to get some added inspiration, each March, we hold Diversity and Inclusion Week to celebrate the key factor driving Luxoft’s continual achievement – equality. D&I Week is an annual event that has taken place at Luxoft for four years running.
Every March, we devote a whole week to a series of webinars with keynote speakers to learn more about the role of diversity and inclusion in our business, the IT industry, and leadership. Speakers also delve into cultural differences, unconscious bias, inclusive language, and bring attention to the capabilities engendered by a diverse workforce.
As our company continues to expand its fields of expertise and welcomes new Luxofters to our ranks from across the globe, our mission of driving change has become increasingly more dependent on our ability to unite and collaborate across cultural and physical boundaries. Luxoft offers e-learning opportunities for our employees to enlarge their knowledge on the topics related to supporting a diverse and inclusive working environment.
In November 2020, we launched the ‘Understanding Unconscious Bias’ training, focusing on types of bias, how to recognize them, and how to effectively overcome them. Several other courses were developed, including ‘The Basics of Cross-Cultural Awareness in Business’ and ‘Working with Multicultural Teams’.
As part of the Diversity and Inclusion Program, we run DiversiTalks with our experts for both internal and external audiences. Moreover, we engage our employees to participate in our online campaigns. Over the past year, our colleagues have shared their views on what diversity and inclusion means to them by participating in a wide range of knowledge-sharing sessions. See our #IamDiversity video, built from a wide swath of fascinating insights, here.
We are also committed to increasing gender equality within the company and helping more women join the IT industry at large. ‘She’s In IT’, a global group created in February 2020, gathered 400 women in the company who are committed to delivering results for our customers, accelerating Luxoft’s growth, and improving our local communities through the development and empowerment of women. Moreover, we conduct webinars and interviews with women in leadership positions to learn more about their experience. In 2020, our She’s In IT Program won silver at the WomenTech Global Awards 2020 for ‘Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year’.
We aim to support education and share our expertise and knowledge with various groups of people. We are introducing the world of IT to our parents and children and helping students find their future professions in software development.
Over the last five years, more than 200 kids have attended long-term courses at the Luxoft IT School, where both enthusiastic volunteers and professional trainers have held classes teaching students programming languages.
To unite our employees and help with the integration of relocated Luxofters, the One Team project was created in Poland, and it is now being rolled out globally to other locations, including the UK and Germany. The project involves special activities for employees and their families to help them with their adaptation process. It includes local language classes and conversation clubs, various integration events for families, a package of information about benefits, and answers to common issues that the employees have to deal with. Watch the video about One Team here.