Tieto provides equal opportunities for all employees and sees diversity as a strength, helping to build the company’s competitiveness and future innovations. As an example of the focus, Tieto in Sweden received the internationally recognised gender equality certification from the Swiss EDGE Certified Foundation in 2017 for the second consecutive time.
The ICT industry is developing at a rapid pace. Tieto believes a wide mix of people, regardless of gender, age or cultural background, is equally valuable to the company's competitiveness as to a good, inspirational working place. Therefore, diversity and inclusion are an integral part of the company's Open Source Culture and core Human Resources activities, such as recruitment, salary revisions and talent programmes. As an employer, Tieto is committed to the principle that all employees shall be treated with equal respect and dignity, and shall be provided with equal opportunities to develop themselves and their careers.
At the end of 2017, 72% (72%) of personnel at Tieto was male and 28% (28%) female. The IT industry is generally still male-dominated and an equal division of male and female employees will be difficult to achieve in the short-term. To steadily increase the number of women in the company, Tieto implements country-specific equality initiatives based on local requirements and needs, and successes in these have been recognized, for example, with the Gold Membership of the Oda Network in Norway and the Sandvik Diversity Award by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in India.
Tieto Sweden was the first IT company in the world to receive gender equality certification from the Swiss EDGE Certified Foundation at the end of 2015 (valid for two years), and received it again in 2017. This certification represents the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. It assesses policies, practices and numbers across five different areas of analysis: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible working and company culture. Furthermore, Tieto Sweden also gives out the IT-woman of the year prize, on Universum Awards for Professionals to highlight gender equality.
Tieto’s approach to diversity and inclusion is mirrored in appointments to jobs, rewarding and personal success, which are based on individual ability and performance. In organizational development, Tieto strives to have management positions increasingly represent females, young professionals and different nationalities. The share of women in senior management positions reached 22% (21%) at year-end. By 31 December, Tieto Leadership Team consisted of six men and three women and Tieto’s Board of Directors of seven men and two women.
At the end of 2017, the average age of Tieto employees was 40 years. Many roles in the IT services industry require technological and managerial skills acquired through years of experience. At the same time, the young generation is important in bringing in new fresh ideas as well as ways of working to the company.
To recruit young professionals Tieto has, as one example, carried out a yearly graduate trainee program ‘GenT’ in Finland, Sweden and Norway. GenT trainees are motivated and talented young people who can help drive innovation and company renewal, including fostering a culture of curious and open cross-business, cross-unit and cross-industry collaboration. Tieto also offers summer trainee and master thesis opportunities for students across a number of its operating countries.
Tieto’s Code of Conduct policy and HR policy state that no forms of discrimination or disrespectful treatment at work are accepted. Employees at Tieto are instructed to escalate any misconduct or suspected violations against the company’s business ethics guidelines, and they have the option of doing so anonymously.
While the aim is zero discrimination incidents, the importance to actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion is acknowledged at Tieto. A precondition for this is the company’s Open Source Culture supporting employees feel safe and free to speak up. In 2017, a total of five whistleblowing notifications about discrimination were reported at Tieto and investigations carried out according to company practices. Four cases are no longer subject to action while corrective actions are being implemented for one of the cases. In two cases, the corrective action included termination of employment. Two of the investigated cases were concluded to not be discrimination.
Tieto is committed to continuously strengthen diversity and inclusion within the company. The plan includes building awareness about the ambition, values and ways of working as well as improving the whistleblowing mechanism, so that all cases of misconduct come to light and are processed accordingly. In addition, inclusion is embedded in Tieto´s global operating plan as one key area enabling better life at work during 2018 and the years to come.