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#BusinessBeyondBias: SAP India brings together industry leaders, social activists and celebrities to initiate dialogue on diversity and inclusion

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In July this year, in a survey titled ‘India’s Best Companies To Work’ for, SAP India topped the list. The organisation was recognised for its employee-centric policies, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and overall efforts in building a friendlier workplace.

To begin with, a recent tweet stated some industry statistics for context:

Nearly 98,000 leaders on LinkedIn believe that they can bring about innovation in their organisations. However, only 1,029 of them say they can actually execute it. This disparity laid bare the huge gap between thought and action, something we see often reflected in workplaces in India, so many of which have bias and non-inclusiveness entrenched so deeply, it’s part of the system. This is often because people carry these attitudes to the workplace from outside.

To further the conversation around diversity and inclusion (D&I), SAP India recently organised a cross industry platform to open an dialogue on ‘Business Beyond Bias’ in Mumbai. The panel was flanked by influential corporate leaders and decision-makers, gender rights activists and celebrities, scientists and doctors, etc.

Vice President, Strategic Customer Program, Kamolika Peres, , SAP Indian Subcontinent, opened the floor for an open and lively debate. With D&I initiatives having hit a certain plateau across organisations, the idea was to redefine the usual conversation around the topic.

As the Executive Sponsor and champion of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Kamolika maneuvered the topic to cover all facets surrounding and hindering inclusion at workplace and the society at large. The panelists addressed a wide array of issues ranging from the ‘bro culture’ in corporate India and the need for more women in the C-suite, to an organisation’s ability to take a comprehensive view of........

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