We believe technology must become a more diverse industry because it is easier to solve complex problems with teams of individuals who have different experiences and think in different ways. Therefore, because what we offer as a company is in essence, a problem-solving service, we view diversity as vital to our success. Unfortunately, we know equality is not always a reality in technology companies. But from the beginning we knew it was possible within our sphere of influence to ensure that our small slice of the technology industry would be as inclusive and diverse as possible.
The two leading figures of Pluralit are male and female- me as CEO and Ana Maria as head of our rich partner connection in Argentina- inspired by our goal of Pluralit being equal and diverse. From day one we decided our brand ethos was to always have equality and inclusivity at the forefront of our company and having female leadership has aided our commitment to its implementation.
As we brainstormed our company ethos early on, we envisioned a total sense of inclusivity. Without a doubt our values also include promising the best talent and solutions; however, we realized making our company as diverse as possible, allowing everyone who is qualified a chance to work for us, would only add to its success in achieving these values.
Equality, diversity and inclusivity; all of these concepts are widely encouraged in businesses now. Especially in technology as only 26% of global computing jobs are held by women. However, we are seeing worldwide change, from the sporting sectors to the financial sectors, from companies aiming for more women in high powered positions to companies changing maternity polices to cater for their female workers’ needs, all in a bid to achieve inclusivity, diversity and equality. However, the problem arising for big companies is that it is a difficult and lengthy process to achieve inclusivity once you have years of established company culture behind you. This is not a problem for us.
We think inclusion will have the biggest impact in Argentina as its economic inequality and social inequality is larger than in Europe where our customer base is. Therefore, we saw this new project as having the potential to act as a beacon of inclusion in Cordoba from the very beginning. Equality is especially relevant in Cordoba as only 16% of tech employees are women, this is lower than the global average percentage stated before.
Lastly, we wanted to show our customers that equality and inclusivity is at the forefront of everything we do. Consequently, we have named all of our current projects after well-known women who worked in science and technology. For example, our project in Belgium is named Ingrid after Ingrid Daubechies. Her discoveries allowed the types of files for image compression in PCs such as JPEG 2000 to be made. She is the first woman to be president of the International Mathematical Union and to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics. Women have always played a role in the technology world despite discrimination and we as a company hope to encourage the development of more bright female minds in tech.