Women Empowerment at HCL Technologies

Women Empowerment at HCL Technologies
Case Code: CLHR085
Case Length: 6 Pages
Period: 2013-2021
Pub Date: 2021
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.200
Organization: HCL Technologies
Industry: Technology & Communications
Countries: India
Themes: Diversity and Inclusion, Gender and Diversity Management, Career Management, Training & Development
Women Empowerment at HCL Technologies


The case ‘Women Empowerment at HCL Technologies’ describes HCL’s gender diversity and inclusivity initiative that helped empower its women employees. It focuses on how the company’s women empowerment programs and initiatives helped HCL create an inclusive, open, and transparent culture. The case first touches upon various women leadership development programs. HCL launched ASCEND to empower women leadership in its senior management. ‘Stepping Stones’ focused on enabling mid-level female leaders to connect with HCL’s leadership and learn from content providers such as LinkedIn and Harvard Business School.The case then touches upon various diversity-oriented women empowerment programs such as Women Connect, iBelieve, Feminspiration, BlogHer, Women Lead, and Red Ladder that contributed toward HCL’s gender diversity agenda and to its business success.

Women empowerment programs helped HCL increase the number of women in senior leadership in fiscal 2020 by 30 percent from fiscal 2019. The gender diversity ratio for senior leadership also increased from 5.4 percent in fiscal 2019 to 7.5 percent in fiscal 2020. HCL was also recognized by various associations and industry forums across the globe; its awards included NASSCOM’s Award for Excellence in Gender Diversity in 2019. The case ends with HCL’s future plans to continue its focus on diversity and women empowermentsince the firm saw diversity and inclusion as a key tool to drive better risk management, strategy, and ultimately better outcomes.


  • Understand the benefits of gender diversity for both employer and employees.
  • Explore how diversity and inclusion can contribute to company image.
  • Become aware of the challenges that women employees face in an organization.
  • Examine the role of diversity oriented women empowerment as well as women leadership development programs on business growth.
  • Learn how organizations can use focused hiring strategies to improve diversity and inclusion


HCL Technologies (HCL), an Indian multinational technology company specializing in information technology services and consulting, was ranked number 30 on Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s Best Employers’ released in 2021. HCL, with headquarters in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, was the only multinational company based in India to be featured in the top 50. This recognition was given for the company’s excellent work environment that included the firm’s image, social responsibility, economic footprint, talent development, career opportunities, gender equality, and inclusion. “We dedicate this prestigious recognition to our employees as all 159,000 ideapreneurs drive our brand with enthusiasm, passion and innovation. This distinction is reflective of our people-centric culture and commitment, deep rooted in our 44 years of business around the globe,” said Apparao VV, Chief Human Resources Officer at HCL..


Diversity and Inclusion; Gender and Diversity Management; Career Management; Employee Benefits; Employee Development; Human Resource Planning; Organizational Culture; Training & Development; Employee benefit programs; Leadership;Company Image; Women employees; Leadership development; Women leaders; Mentoring; Coaching

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