HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. Through its worldwide network of R&D facilities and co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities, and over 208,000+ ‘Ideapreneurs’ across 52 countries, HCL delivers holistic services across industry verticals to leading enterprises, including 250 of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000.
HCL established its first local office in Stockholm in 2008. Today, HCL employs more than 1,600 people in the Nordics representing 31 nationalities, with 55 large-scale transformational clients including four out of the six Fortune Global 500 companies in the region.
HCL’s strength in the region is the result of a focus on client relationships, employees and strategic investments in digital-at-scale solutions, talent, careers, businesses and the economy. Our investment in 12 Delivery Centers in the region, continue to spearheading new-age research and technology innovation.
* Data as of December 31, 2020
The Path To Big Arenas
By challenging conventions, we're championing the cause of women rising to claim their aspirations.
We're doing this with the intent to even the turf, to stand in the corner of aspiring women who've nurtured their passion and skill, and to put them in the eyes of the world; in big arenas - where they truly belong.
Over the years, our earnest efforts have yielded initiatives and associations that champion the cause of women rising to claim their aspirations. These efforts have been both inward-looking as well as those where we have taken up an industry-wide leadership stance to address the problem at the level of the community.
We are focused on developing female talent at all levels of management. In 2020, we launched the first-ever chapter of Women Lead in the Nordics—an exclusive and formal 1:1 mentorship program for women leaders of tomorrow.
Extending this promise to the arena of competitive sports, we have forged local associations across the Nordic region to promote women and girls in sports.
Women Lead Nordics
Women Lead Nordics was launched in February 2020 and following the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, participants showed great agility and willingness to move mentoring sessions, presentations, and networking events online. HCL’s global program has achieved three successful chapters in Australia before launching the first chapter in the Nordics. Participants from several leading enterprises, including Fortune 500 companies, were helped to develop a ‘Circle of Influence’, emerging with a powerful and influential business network for aspiring women leaders to call upon once they graduate. This provided them with guidance and advice to help them shape their aspirations and strategies and support their career development and upward progression.
In addition to learning from the experiences of the CXO-level industry leaders, the initiative instilled further commitment and necessary behaviors among the mentees required to successfully navigate towards senior positions of leadership. The first chapter ended in November 2020 with a virtual graduation ceremony and a keynote address by the Guest of Honour, Caroline Rusten, Director, Nordics Liaison Office. UN Women.
Passion Knows no Gender: Sponsors of Stockholm’s Team Göta Traneberg
Our long-term partnership with Stockholm’s youth ice hockey team Göta Traneberg aims to support a healthy and vibrant future for the local youth by connecting them with a sport that brings them joy while teaching valuable life skills of team building, responsibility, and leadership. Ice hockey, a sport in which Sweden has excelled for many years, is attracting a growing number of female players. However, there are relatively few girls and women ice hockey clubs and competitions.
Göta Traneberg, together with Ekerö IK and Hässelby/Källvesta, is creating a team—Team Västerort—to participate in the first girls' junior hockey league in Stockholm. As we remain committed to harnessing the power of sports to help our children reach their greatest potential and build an equal playing field for all, we welcome you to join us as our colleagues, partners, and customers in cheering for the team’s success in their new home – The HCL Arena.
“We have been long-term partners of GötaTraneberg and Team Västerort's women junior hockey team. Far from standing still in its 120th year, the club has been making important investments to drive inclusion, cooperation and opportunities for young people. We are proud to play a part in this movement providing valuable team building, responsibility and leadership skills to put young people on the path to a healthy, vibrant future. We look forward to cheering on the team as they level the playing field for all and shoot for success in their home at HCL ARENA over the next three seasons,” says Pankaj Tagra, Corporate Vice President and Nordic and DACH Head, HCL Technologies.
“To work with the IT company HCL Technologies to ensure that our long-term investment in as many people as possible, for as long as possible, feels incredibly good. The sponsorship means, among other things, that we can invest in female coaches and our girls can continue to play ice hockey in a natural age ladder from children and youth level to junior level and then calmly take the step up to senior level”, says Jörgen Sigvardsson, chairman of GötaTraneberg IK.
Levelling the Playing Field: Partnership with HJK Helsinki
Sport is a great driver of gender equality. Not only does it teach women and girls self-reliance, resilience, confidence, and teamwork; it greatly helps to defy gender stereotypes by breaking down entrenched discriminatory attitudes and behaviors.
We are a proud partner of the Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (HJK Helsinki)—the most successful team in Finnish women‘s football. The club has 23 Finnish Championships and 17 Cup titles and is the reigning champions of the National League.
In 2020, HJK Helsinki created a new ground of equality and a sense of community being one of the first, if not the first, the club in the world that sets its stars earned from winning titles by both men and women on the same level.
Our partnership with HJK is just another step towards its commitment to supporting more women on their Paths to Big Arenas—both, in boardrooms, and the playing field.