Cognizant


Employer Of the Year

This organisation won the votes of our judges because of their clear commitment, objectives, scale of impact and leadership. These are all key factors to enable real change. They demonstrated an ability to attract female talent by creating specific goals to hire and retain women through affinity groups and through a specific results driven programme to enhance the company’s culture. Women now make up 36% of associates worldwide in this organisation. Last year they celebrated their milestone achievement of employing 100,000 women around the world (approximately 104,000 women by year-end 2020). In 2020, they publicly committed to focus on accelerating gender diversity globally in their leadership pipeline and pledged to put 1,000 high-performing women in leadership levels through their initiative – Propel – by the end of 2021. They reached the halfway mark in 2020 and are on track to fulfil their pledge later this year. Our judges were further impressed by the organisation’s affinity groups. Globally, the organisation has seven affinity groups championing diversity: Disability (Unite); Gender (Women Empowered); LGBTQ+ (Embrace); a Pan Asian Group; African American and Latinx; Veterans and Working family groups. Judges could clearly see that achieving diversity and inclusion objectives have been imperative for this company.