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AXA Call to Action puts Spotlight on Diversity & Inclusion for 2020 Workforce

Bangalore November 23, 2017: AXA Business Services hosted its second AXA Call to Action event focused on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), a very topical area of focus for all corporates today. The event saw industry experts deliberate on the current practices and emerging aspects of D&I that organisations need to be cognizant of to manage the expectations of the 2020 workforce.

According to Marie-Louise Elhabre, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Business Services, “Diversity and Inclusion is an important part of our business andis infact a strong lever for business growth. It fosters innovation in an organization as diverse people bring their perspectives to the tableaiding a 360-degree approach and helping organisations proactively meet customer and partner needs better. As we prepare for 2020, it is important to connect with the industry to see how readywe are to implement the new diversity framework and to move towards 100% inclusion. Indeed, while diversity is in nature, Inclusion is a choice. Our AXA Call to Action event seeks to address this need and share back with the industry best practices from the panel discussion.”
The event saw a powerful line-up of panelists:Jaya Virwani, D&I Head, Talent Team, Global Delivery Services, E&Y; Padmapriya S., Head, Business Development, GSC&EBS, SocieteGenerale; Dr. Pradip K Dutta, Group VP – Synopsys Inc. and MD – Synopsys India; Archana Vohra, Director, Seller Enablement, Amazon; Jessie Paul, Founder and CEO, Paul Writer; and Srikrishna Madhavan, Head, Finance Operations CoE, AXA Business Services. The panel was moderated by Prashant Sankaran, Director, Interweave Consulting.

Key topics discussed were:
• Focus on Inclusion: Empowerment, engagement and growth
• Gender Diversity: Beyond empowering and establishing a culture that is gender neutral
• Generational Diversity: Focusing on how to deepen the collaboration between tech-savvy young workforce and senior employees

According to Nagarajan V., Head – HR, Communication, D&I and CR, AXA Business Services,
“The industry has moved away from affirmative action/managing diversity towards holistic diversity and enabling inclusion. Enabling inclusion would require organisations to focus on the twin pillars of addressing subconscious/unconscious bias as well as making the business impactvery apparent.”

About AXA Business Services

AXA Business Services is a 100% subsidiary of AXA, the number 1 insurance organization globally by brand. We are well positioned as a strategic innovation hub to leverage the value proposition that India as a market place presents to provide sustained value to our global partners and employees. We are at the forefront of driving transformation across all of AXA’s business lines: life savings and health, property & casualty, and asset management. We see ourselves as change agents for radical innovations spanning big data, risk modeling, robotic automation, and process and people transformation. Our employees are at the heart of our business and together we move forward in a culture of trust, such that our employees are in charge of the future.

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