Diversity and inclusion have emerged as crucial focal points within India's rapidly evolving industrial and mining sectors. The statistics starkly reveal that women constitute only 12% of the manufacturing workforce and a mere 2% of the mining workforce, underscoring the pressing need to prioritize 'people first' and cultivate a thriving workforce. Women empowerment, diversity, and inclusion transcend being mere catchphrases; they form the foundation for a brighter and more equitable future. This blog delves into how these sectors are progressing towards a more inclusive and diverse future, emphasizing the need to elevate the participation of women on the shop floor.
In recent years, India's manufacturing and mining industries have witnessed a significant shift towards embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This transformation aligns with the broader societal acknowledgment of DEI's pivotal role in organizational performance. It signifies a departure from established norms, embracing a more inclusive and forward-thinking approach. This industry-wide paradigm shift underscores the notion that a diverse and inclusive workforce is not just morally imperative but also strategically advantageous. Embracing DEI is more than a checkbox—it's a catalyst for innovation, creativity, and sustained progress within these sectors.
At Runaya, we are committed to rewriting the narrative in this traditionally male-dominated industry. We view women as catalysts for growth and innovation, going beyond mere contribution. Our objective is clear: to enhance women's participation in our workforce and provide equitable opportunities for their success. We strive to foster an environment where diverse perspectives flourish, leading to more effective problem-solving and enhanced creativity.
Diversity and inclusion extend beyond gender at Runaya. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace where individuals of all genders can thrive. Our policies and practices are meticulously designed to ensure that everyone, irrespective of gender identity, has a voice and the ability to contribute fully. We recognize that diverse teams are the cornerstone of success and actively endeavor to shape a workforce that mirrors the rich tapestry of our society.
Our primary goal is to develop a workforce that truly reflects the society we serve. It's not solely about achieving gender equality; it's about acknowledging that diversity is our strength. Runaya proudly advances towards a 50-50 gender balance in our workforce, where every individual has the opportunity to contribute and thrive. We firmly believe that a diverse team brings fresh perspectives, fuels creativity, and propels innovation.
Beyond gender and ethnicity, we acknowledge the significance of regional diversity. We are committed to promoting a diverse geographic mix within our staff, recognizing and appreciating the wealth of talent in regions like North-Eastern India and Jammu and Kashmir. By empowering individuals from these regions, we not only foster talent but also create a workplace that celebrates India's diverse cultural fabric.
Several policies geared towards promoting inclusive corporate practices guide us on our journey towards diversity and inclusion. Our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy ensures appointments are based on merit, providing everyone an equal opportunity to grow within our organization. Upholding a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, harassment, and discrimination, our Employee Code of Conduct fosters a safe and respectful workplace for all. Our dedication to ethical and responsible business practices is exemplified in our Business Code of Conduct, setting elevated standards for our employees, contractors, and consultants.
Recognizing the importance of work-life balance, we offer flexible working arrangements to meet employees' diverse needs. Moreover, our comprehensive leave policies, including family and medical leave, personal leave, and parental leave, underline our commitment to employee well-being. Lastly, in our pursuit of honesty and accountability, we expect our vendors and business partners to adhere to the same ethical standards, promoting an environment of integrity across our community.
Diversity and innovation are deeply interlinked. Runaya, with its team embracing diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, is well-positioned to tackle industry challenges with innovative ideas. Our dedication to diversity is not just a commitment; it's about uncovering new opportunities, fostering innovation, and staying ahead in an ever-changing world.
As we traverse this path of inclusion and diversity, our ambition remains steadfast: to establish a manufacturing and mining sector in India where gender diversity is the norm rather than the exception. Runaya is steadfast in leading this charge and setting a standard for other organizations in the industry. We aspire to nurture an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, feels valued, respected, and empowered to realize their fullest potential.
Finally, while the current numbers present are just the beginning of crafting a picture of a better tomorrow, we perceive them as an opportunity for change. Runaya is devoted to pushing the boundaries of what is achievable, to spearheading change, and to ensuring that India's manufacturing and mining industries embrace a more inclusive and diversified future. Together, we can cultivate a healthier, more vibrant workforce that fosters innovation and upholds the principle of 'people first'—because for us, it's more than a catchphrase; it's a way of life.