Diversity and equal opportunities

Tieto provides equal opportunities for all employees and sees diversity as a strength, helping to build our competitiveness thanks to a reserve of varied experiences and competences. In 2016, Tieto in India was named among the best companies for women.

The ICT industry is developing at a rapid pace. Tieto believes a wide mix of people, whether of gender, age or cultural background, is needed in order to stay competitive. This is why diversity is an integral part of Tieto’s recruitment as well as other Human Resources activities. 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 2016, 72% (72%) of personnel was male and 28% (28%) was female. Typically, the IT industry is still male dominated and an equal division of male and female employees will be difficult to achieve in the short term. To increase the amount of women in the company, Tieto implements country-specific equality initiatives based on local requirements and needs.

Tieto in India named as one of the best companies for women.

In India, diversity and inclusion, of which gender equality covers a big part, has persistently been an integral part of Tieto ever since its inception in India in 2005. In 2016, Tieto was named as one of the best companies for women in the country. The Best Companies for Women in India Study 2016, instituted by Working Mother in partnership with the AVTAR Group, aims to identify best practices and policies followed by companies for increasing women's workforce participation. The study was conducted amongst the 350 biggest employers in the country and lists the 100 Best Companies for Women in India.

Tieto Sweden was the first IT company in the world to receive the gender equality certification from the Swiss EDGE Certified Foundation at the end of 2015. 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 awarded a prize, IT-woman of the year, at the 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 at ensuring that management positions increasingly represent females, young professionals and different nationalities. The share of women in senior management positions reached 21% (19%) at year-end. By 31 December 2016, our leadership team consisted of seven men and three women. Our Board of Directors consisted of eight men and two women.

Total workforce by gender 2014-2016
Senior management by gender 2014-2016
Employees by gender 2014-2016
Senior management by age groups 2014
Senior management by age groups 2015-2016
Employees by age groups 2014
Employees by age groups 2015-2016
Board of directors and Leadership team by age groups, 2014
Board of directors and Leadership team by age groups, 2015-2016
Board of directors and Leadership team by gender, 2014-2016

At the end of the year, the average age of our employees was 40 years. Many roles in the IT services industry require technological and managerial skills acquired after years of experience. At the same time, the young generation is important to bring in new fresh ideas to the company.

To recruit young professionals Tieto has, as one example, the GenT trainee programme - a yearly graduate programme in Finland, Sweden and Norway. To this programme, the company recruits motivated young talents who can help to drive innovation and company change, and also create a culture of cross-business collaboration. In Finland and Sweden, Tieto also recruits summer trainees and provides master thesis opportunities for students.

Tieto’s Code of Conduct policy as well as HR policy state that no forms of discrimination or disrespectful treatment at work are accepted. The yearly goal is to have zero discrimination incidents. No confirmed discrimination cases were found in 2016. Two discrimination incidents were reported and investigations carried out. However, both cases are completed and no further actions are required by the organization. 

Tieto is committed to continuing strengthen diversity and inclusion in the company. In Sweden, the aim is to keep the EDGE certificate in the coming years. Based on the approach that leadership comes by skills rather than age, a reverse mentorship program will start in 2017. In this program, young professionals (under 35) are mentors to senior professionals and managers over 35. The Nordic GenT trainee programme will also continue, with the aim of reaching a level of 50% women.