Communications industry gets behind global diversity campaign

17 September 2021 | Antony Savvas

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More than 12 global tech companies and organisations have agreed to collaborate to increase diversity and equality in the technology industry, as part of the #ChangeTheFace Alliance.

The #ChangeTheFace Alliance has been formed by Deloitte, Digital Boost, Ericsson, Facebook, Founders4Schools, Girl Effect, IBM, Nokia, PwC, Samsung, UN Women and Vodafone.

The founders are working together to share industry insights and best practice on diversity and equality, cooperate on initiatives to drive change and showcase Alliance member case studies for the entire tech industry.

Serpil Timuray, CEO Europe Cluster at Vodafone, said: “For the technology sector to reach its full potential, it needs to more fairly reflect the world in which we operate.

“As an Alliance we will work together on the same goal – to build a digital future that is diverse and inclusive.”

Arun Bansal, president of Europe and Latin America at Ericsson, added: “Diversity and inclusion are core to Ericsson’s values and as a global technology leader we believe in a total commitment to equal opportunity to ensure the digital future works for everyone, with no barriers of access.”

Clare Moncrieff, VP of people direction at Nokia, said: “As a global tech player we need to have a diverse team working in an inclusive work environment to build products for diverse people of the world.”

The idea for such an alliance was first launched by Vodafone last year.