Intellias Signs Women’s Empowerment Principles

26 Mar, 2021

Intellias became the first IT company in Ukraine to sign the Women’s Empowerment Principles, initiated by the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Thus, the company has joined the global movement for gender equality in the workplace and in society, which already has more than 4.5 thousand companies worldwide, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, EY, Uber, and others.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles offering guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. These include promoting gender equality, the equitable treatment of men and women at work, ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of all workers, promoting the education, training, and professional development of women, etc.

Our main value is humanity; we are guided by it every day in making our decisions. That’s why we put a lot of effort to create a comfortable working environment for our talented engineers, men, and women, who create innovative IT solutions for companies around the world,” — says Vitaly Sedler, CEO of Intellias. — “Signing WEP is another step towards ensuring gender equality in our company and disseminating best practices beyond it.”

At Intellias, more than 25% of the team is women, and this percentage is steadily increasing. Half of them hold technical positions and are engaged in the development, testing, business analytics, and project management. It is important for the company to provide comfortable conditions for everyone. That’s why we have a flexible schedule, healthy lifestyle programs, and mental health care programs. After the quarantine, Intellias offices will resume operation of beauty salons and children’s rooms with babysitters who can take care of children while their parents must work.

For 2021, the company has defined an action plan for the implementation of WEPs, which includes: creating a strategy for gender equality, promoting professional and leadership development of women, organizing educational activities on non-discrimination and equal opportunities, and more.

Erika Kvapilova, Head of the UN Office for Women in Ukraine, encourages other businesses to support WEPs: “By signing WEPs, you are investing in the idea of gender equality for your business and the people you work with. You join a global network of companies with similar values and access tools, resources, and training programs to empower women. Promoting equal opportunities in the workplace and in the labor market is beneficial to society; it is good for the economy, and it benefits everyone.”