The GSMA has joined the #ChangetheFace Alliance, an informal partnership of like-minded and thought-leading technology companies that are committed to making the tech industry a more inclusive place.
The Alliance has agreed to follow a set of Guiding Principles that set out its aims for changing the face of technology going forward across four stakeholder groups: Colleagues, Customers, Co-Partners and Community. The Principles address the changes needed to ensure that diversity and inclusion advance in these groups, and outline best practice examples to support other organisations in the tech sector that would like to contribute to the #ChangeTheFace initiative.
The Alliance was launched alongside the UN General Assembly earlier this year and builds on the #ChangetheFace campaign by fostering exchange of learnings, insights and collaboration around common objectives within the tech industry.
Commenting on this exciting development, GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer and OneGSMA Co-Sponsor John Giusti said: “The mobile industry is united behind a common purpose of Intelligently Connecting Everyone and Everything to a Better Future. Because everyone means everyone, the GSMA and the broader mobile ecosystem are striving to advance diversity and inclusivity. This commitment is reflected in our external partnerships, including Generation Equality, EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age (which we co-founded), the UN Women Empowerment Principles, and the Inclusive Employers Network, as well as our internal commitments through the OneGSMA employee-led Forum. We aim to lead by example by putting equality and inclusivity at the forefront and we are delighted to join the #ChangetheFace Alliance and work closely with Vodafone and all the Alliance members to make our industry more inclusive and diverse.”
Serpil Timuray, CEO Europe Cluster at Vodafone said “The #ChangeTheFace Alliance is delighted to welcome the GSMA and we look forward to working together to build a diverse and inclusive digital future that more fairly reflects the world in which we operate.”
Other members of the Alliance include Ericsson, PWC, Samsung, Nokia, Founders4Schools, Deloitte, UN Women, Facebook, the Female Quotient, Girl Effect, IBM, and Digital Boost.