Be Kind to Your Peers: Hacking barriers to build an inclusive world

October 3, 2023

At Globant, we are advocates of diversity and inclusion. We like to turn a “no” into a “what if” by inspiring and encouraging people to celebrate what makes us different but also what unites us. Understanding each other more is vital in reinventing ourselves and moving forward. 

Be Kind to Your Peers (BKTYP) was created with this motive: to transform people’s reality through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

The current landscape underscores the need for this targeted approach, where significant inequality gaps persist despite ongoing efforts and advancements in promoting inclusion and diversity within the STEAM field. It reveals the imperative for strategic actions to bridge these gaps and ensure equitable opportunities.

In 2023, the gender gap in STEM remains significant, with women making up only 28% of the STEM workforce. Also, Hispanic workers represented only 15% of the total STEM workforce in 2021, and Asian and Black workers were 10% and 9%, respectively. 

As we celebrate Diversity at Globant, we are excited to keep hacking barriers and expanding opportunities so everyone can thrive regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, color, religion, nationality, age, marital status, disability, or neurodiversity.

Intersectionality permeates our work at BKTYP, which recognizes the different social categorizations and how these combine, overlap, and intersect, creating unique experiences, identities, and other systems of discrimination that must be addressed carefully.

“Intersectionality is a metaphor for understanding how multiple forms of inequalities or disadvantages sometimes compound themselves, and they create obstacles that are often not understood within conventional ways of thinking.”

Kimberlé Crenshaw, American Civil Rights Advocate

At BKTYP, we are aware of peoples’ different identities and backgrounds, and that is why we consider intersectionality in an action plan that consists of 4 pillars:

1. Gender & Sexuality: We are taking concrete steps to hack the gender gap. We are convinced about the importance of hacking barriers and expanding opportunities so everyone can thrive regardless of gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Under this pillar, we created the Women that Build, a program to promote women’s inclusion and career growth in our industry and provide endless opportunities for all. 

Some of the initiatives part of this program are our partnership with Laboratoria, a non-profit organization focused on career and technology training for young women in Latin America, and She Leads, an initiative that combines mentoring methodology with training and inspirational talks for women to strengthen their knowledge and management expertise and prepare them for leadership positions.

2. Accessibility & Neurodiversity: By recognizing and battling prejudices and labels, we can focus on what is truly important about a person: their skills, knowledge, values, and attitudes. We believe that all people are capable of reaching their full potential.

UnlimITed is a program aimed to transform our organizations by creating workspaces that enhance the experience of people with disabilities and other conditions, where unlimited possibilities inspire others to unleash their maximum potential in the company and industry.

3. Multiculturalism & Ethnicity: Multiculturalism is one of the most powerful components of Globant’s identity. Where different cultures converge, there will be various ways to tackle problems and find solutions to disrupt business and hack into the status quo. 

As we strive to provide equal opportunities, we created Black in Tech, a program we have built and developed for the black community seeking to generate margins to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced regarding racial inclusion.  

4. Generational Diversity: Tech is not only for young people; decisions need more than experience. Where decision-making processes need youth, our Council of Igniters, the First-Generation Z Corporate Advisory Board, will provide Globant executives with their perspectives on diverse Company initiatives and top global issues. Where management needs experience, we want generational diversity.

We celebrate every achievement thanks to our initiatives, but we know there is a long way to go to fulfill our commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion. That is why we keep generating initiatives to include and hear all voices.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our business. Technology requires us to innovate constantly, and we can only achieve this if we bring together different points of view. Some of the areas we are working on include focusing on improving gender equality in our industry, inclusive hiring practices, and helping people to achieve a work-life balance.