Inclusive Leadership: A Business Imperative

Catalyst India and Shell Bangalore came together for a panel discussion on the importance of inclusion to a company's culture as well as how companies and employees can foster inclusive leadership behaviors.

Shachi Irde, Executive Director of Catalyst India, moderated the panel, the members of which were Ruth Lovering, EVP Human Resources for P&T at Shell; Robert Patterson, EVP of Engineering at Shell; Sunita Cherian, VP Human Resources at Wipro; Zeena Fruitwala, Executive Director of Sales at Dell; and Hemanth Bommanhal, Partner at EY Global Delivery Services. View the retrospective!

In Case You Missed It: Catalyst D&I Logues


Catalyst India hosted D&I Logues on September 29, 2016. The Conference featured an exciting leader-to-leader conversation between Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, and the iconic leader, Dr. NS Rajan, Group Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Group Executive Council, Tata Sons, and attendees also explored individual and organizational approaches that have intentionally made change through the four leadership behaviors that Catalyst has linked to workplace cultures of inclusion, team citizenship, and employee innovation. We call them the EACH Behaviors: E = Empowerment, A = Accountability, C = Courage, and H = Humility. It takes EACH of us to make change for all of us. View the retrospective

India Inc.: From Intention to Impact

On December 7, Catalyst India's Shachi Irde presented India Inc.: From Intention to Impact, a report concerning diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as diversity programs currently in use in India. The presentation was also a dialogue between Shachi and the audience, who shared questions, thoughts and comments.  Following the exchange, Shachi led a panel discussion with panelists from BP, Shell, Schlumberger, and Three Fish Consulting. View the retrospective!

Catalyst Commends the Passing of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill

​It is commendable that the government has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, which extends maternity leaves from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. This shows that organisations and the government understand the business case for having more women employees in the workforce. Therefore, the next logical step is for organisations to take further steps to ensure smooth reintegration of women returning to the workplace after maternity leave. It is essential to implement returnship programmes and fair performance management systems that do not penalize women for maternity breaks as well as to make flexible work arrangements a business strategy for all eligible employees. Companies should also make the effort to ensure their women employees feel valued, since the sooner they re-integrate, the smoother the transition back to work and productivity will be. Read our full statement

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About Catalyst India WRC

Founded in 2011, Catalyst India WRC is a community composed of 80 leading corporations and professional firms committed to accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion in corporate India. With insights from its highly regarded research, solution-based tools, convening events, global staff and Supporters, and the Catalyst India Advisory Board, Catalyst India works to build a robust pipeline of current and future leaders in India Inc.