IT services major Cognizant on Tuesday announced that the number of women employees in the company globally has crossed the 100,000-mark, nearly 75,000 of whom are in India. Recently, CEO Brian Humphries said in a note to employees that the company has hit the 2 lakh employee-mark in India.
“While our goal was to employ at least 100,000 women around the world by 2020, we have done so ahead of schedule and now have 100,000 women professionals across 48 countries, representing more than a hundred nationalities," Cognizant said in a statement.
Nearly 38% of Cognizant’s India headcount today consists of women professionals. In tier-two locations such as Coimbatore, Kochi and Mangalore, the proportion of women employees is approaching 50%.
Cognizant said that 40% of their total new hires so far this year are women. Advancing diversity in its leadership pipeline, more than 400 women employees will graduate by year end from “Propel," the women’s global leadership development program launched in 2018.
As part of its focus on governance, two women now serve on Cognizant’s board of directors, and half of Cognizant US Foundation’s board of directors are women.
“We will continue building on this milestone and investing in career development for our women associates, as well as supporting programs to stimulate interest and draw women overall into careers in tech. It is important to recognize that advancing gender equality, while a key focus, is just one aspect of a broader organizational imperative to drive greater diversity and inclusion throughout our culture," said Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, chairman and managing director, Cognizant India.