Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
Promoting an inclusive workplace
|Name of Innovative Practice:||Promoting an inclusive workplace|
Wipro’s framework is comprehensive and ensures that inclusion becomes an integral part of culture and working. Wipro’s hiring policy for persons with disabilities is merit-based across all roles and not just in “identified jobs”, support functions or non-core functions. These initiatives have not only opened up opportunities for persons with disabilities, but are also role models for other firms interested in making systemic changes to make their workplace more inclusive.
The company’s approach provides long-term focus. It is part of Wipro’s Sustainability Focus under the pillar “People”. The framework includes: (1) People Policies, (2) Recruitment, (3) Training, (4) Physical Infrastructure, (5) Information Systems and (6) Awareness.
There is a strong team driving the initiative, with the Human Resources Head providing the leadership and acting as champion for the programme for inclusion of persons with disabilities. The Diversity Council reviews the programme quarterly.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
Wipro operates worldwide. The focus is largely driven in India. However the inclusion policy and reach is across the globe. Employees in other countries such as UK and USA have also declared their disability and Wipro is able to give reasonable accommodation and create an inclusive environment for them.
Case Study of Wipro, Inclusivity at the Workplace Five Principles that Enable and Empower; published by NASSCOM: www.nasscomfoundation.org/nasscom-foundation-programs/business-responsibility/accessibility-initiative/inclusivity-at-the-workplace
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