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The theme for the International Women’s Day 2024 campaign is: #InspireInclusion which means not just giving each individual an equal opportunity to shine, but also recognising that we all start from different places and that we may need to allocate different resources to ensure equitable outcomes for all. Inspiring inclusion is something Mitra has been doing for years, with outreach programs such as the Inspire Program with Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF) leading to intern roles within Mitra, and the Mitra Leadership Program empowering the next generation of leaders from within the business.

“It is crucial to create an environment where everyone feels valued and included, irrespective of their background, race, gender or any other factors. When individuals feel included, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated and productive.”
Chinthi Weerasinghe, CEO Mitra Innovation

As stated above by our CEO, Mitra has long held the belief that by empowering individuals, you build strong leadership, increase engagement and boost motivation and productivity. Forbes tells us that D&I is more than policies, programs, or headcounts. Equitable employers outpace their competitors by respecting the unique needs, perspectives and potential of all their team members. As a result, diverse and inclusive workplaces earn deeper trust and more commitment from their employees. By embracing diversity, a study from Harvard Business Review found that companies had 19% higher innovation revenue, while Forbes states that, ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform, while gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to do so.

At Mitra, we pride ourselves on our D&I history. From inception, our success has been in large part due to our people, and those people come from the widest array of backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and ages. The impact this has on the business is immense, with an engaged workforce who work incredibly hard for their clients. That loyalty has been demonstrated again and again with many of our workforce giving back to their communities through Mitra volunteer programs, perpetuating personal and social empowerment.

Diversity is not only an issue of fairness, but, as demonstrated above, a force for innovation and performance. To prove this further, Harvard Business Review undertook a large, global study into the presence of multiple aspects of managerial and leadership diversity, and innovation outcomes.

By surveying 1,700 companies across eight countries they found that indeed there was a statistically significant relationship between diversity and innovation outcomes in all countries examined. Most importantly, they found that the most-diverse enterprises were also the most innovative.

“At Mitra we focus on our people, using technology to power innovative, sustainable solutions for our clients and communities. Our culture is one of inclusion, challenge and support, providing an environment where everyone can reach their potential.

On International Women’s Day 2024, we’re proud that one of the ways we do this is through gender diversity. Diverse teams fuel disruptive technology that delivers sustained outcomes for business and the wider community. While we acknowledge there is still more to do, we are proud of the role women play in our business today.”
Ashok Suppiah, Co-Founder and Chairman Mitra Group

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