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Pleiades India Board

The Pleiades, or the seven sisters is an open star cluster that is among the nearest to Earth, and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.

Here at Atlas Copco, it is the group that works with the mission to create opportunities for inspiration and development of women to enhance gender equality to positively impact sustainable profitable growth.

Atlas Copco India - Pleiades Board

Pleiades India Board is part of Atlas Copco Group's global initiative to empower gender diversity and inclusion. The board plays a pivotal role in harnessing gender parity, equal opportunity and inclusivity. Pleiades India Board acts as a facilitator of various leadership initiatives for women employees and a strong crusader of diversity and inclusion at the workplace.

Pleiades India's journey is complemented by many milestones. The board commenced its operations as a professional women's network, and today, it has evolved as a progressive platform that invites women and men for their activities and events.

In conversation with Pleiades India

Atlas Copco India-corporate communicatins manager

Shalini Sharma-Mentor

...we don't just want to give people from diverse backgrounds (and genders) a seat at the table, we want to give them a voice, too. Changing mindsets is what I'd truly like to achieve.

Shalini Sharma

Years in Atlas Copco: 10 years

Current role: Head-Corporate Communications

Why I think diversity is important

Diversity and inclusion is no longer something good to have; it is a sound business strategy and solid competitive advantage – what could be more critical in today's business scenario? Diversity and inclusion are about creating an organizational culture that respects differences between individuals and celebrates these differences for maximum business advantage – over everything, it is about tapping into the entire talent pool. It is only when ALL employees feel equally involved in, heard, and appreciated that we know we are a truly diverse and inclusive organization, that will benefit from the fact that diverse teams are the most innovative, and lead to better decision-making, among other advantages.

The change I'd like to bring about as part of the Pleiades India board:

As mentor of the Pleiades Board, I'd love to be able to initiate dialogues that will be instrumental in changing the focus from simply 'checking the diversity box' to actually incorporating the diversity and especially, inclusion mindset in all teams here at Atlas Copco – after all, we don't just want to give people from diverse backgrounds (and genders) a seat at the table, we want to give them a voice, too. Changing mindsets is what I'd truly like to achieve.

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Hemangini Bhortakke-Chairperson

We certainly have included young and dynamic women in our team, but it would be nice to have our male colleagues joining us to encourage and foster an inclusive culture.

Hemangini Bhortakke

Years in Atlas Copco: 13 years

Current role: Senior Project Leader

Why I think diversity is important

Investing in diverse human capital reaps considerably great results. A diverse pool of talent will have different approaches to address a challenge or provide solutions. This will further lead to lateral thinking and also infuse a sense of inclusivity. Because of this, the probability of having innovative solutions will considerably rise. Thus, providing an impetus to the sustainable growth of business and creating cohesive work culture for all to prosper.

On a macro level, diversity can propel economies. Diversity enables organizations to integrate differences and arrive at a mutually beneficial solution. This further benefits the organizations and the workforce at large.

The change I'd like to bring about as part of the Pleiades India board:

As a chairperson, I look forward to witnessing diversity in the list of board members. We certainly have included young and dynamic women in our team, but it would be nice to have our male colleagues joining us to encourage and foster an inclusive culture.

Transforming the Group's vision of 30% of the workforce should comprise women professionals by 2030 would be outstanding. And Pleiades India is confident of bringing about this change.

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Priya Rajesh-Member

Diversity is crucial as it ensures a variety of different perspectives, leading to increased creativity and higher innovation.

Priya Rajesh

Years in Atlas Copco: 8

Current role: Product Marketing Manager

Why I think diversity is important

Diversity is crucial as it ensures a variety of different perspectives, leading to increased creativity and higher innovation. Innovation being one of the core values of Atlas Copco, it enables us to provide diverse solutions to customers' challenges and needs.

The change I'd like to bring about as part of the Pleiades India board: 

I would like to create a culture that welcomes diversity and fosters inclusion through various initiatives focusing on women development and the mindset shift necessary to make Atlas Copco more open and conducive to implementing diversity.

Amita Sonsale

Amita Sonsale-Member

I would like to influence women employees' perception of taking on new challenges and fostering their belief.

Amita Sonsale

Years in Atlas Copco: 10

Current Role: Human Resources Manager

Why I think diversity is important

Gender Diversity is one of the business-critical growth drivers. It charts the path for creating a cohesive work culture and enabling an unbiased gender balance. With gender diversity, we can expand the perspectives that lead to increased creativity, innovation, and problem-solving approaches. It allows us to bring in equilibrium, enhancing the feeling of inclusivity, diverse human capital, empathetic and intuitive leadership style, efficiency in addressing uncertain and complex situations.

The change I'd like to bring about as part of the Pleiades India board:

I would like to influence women employees' perception of taking on new challenges and fostering their belief. I would be glad to significantly contribute to enhancing the gender balance and adding to our Group's vision of a diverse and inclusive workforce.