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Leading the Way: Santex’s Commitment to Gender Parity in Tech

The technology industry remains one of the most complex when it comes to the gender gap. Although every day there are more opportunities and campaigns related to this topic, the reality is that according to the United Nations, just one in three researchers is a woman, and women account for just 35 percent of graduates in STEM-related fields. These numbers are even smaller in cutting edge fields such as Artificial Intelligence, where only one in five professionals is a woman. 

Our purpose at Santex is to improve people’s quality of life through the power that technology offers. This premise is the main driver of each of our decisions related to the creation of gender balance policies with which we seek to build a culture that responds to the real needs of our community.

Santex Policies to prevent gender bias

– Salary gap 0. Same position and same salary for men and women. Reducing the pay gap is a decision we make at Santex to guarantee gender equity.

– Double incentive for hiring women. Our referral program is built on the basis of a gender policy that aims to increase the participation of women in the IT industry through a bonus scheme that privileges the candidates referred for interviews to be women.

Thanks to this policy, we have successfully doubled the number of women in operations over the course of 5 years, which resulted in a remarkable 38% of female presence in the tech workforce.

– Gender parity on the board. Half of the board of directors is made up of women at Santex.

-Initiatives such as “El Nido”, a space built in the Santex offices designed for the care of babies from 3 months to one year old, which allows fathers and mothers to work while being close to their children. During the past 3 years, we housed 9 babies and in July we’ll be welcoming 3 more.

-Training and Education. XAcademy is a training and mentoring program, conceived from our foundation “Technology with purpose”, focused on promoting positive change through education. With this initiative we seek to increase employability and inclusion of people in the technology industry, especially women. The program witnessed a significant female participation rate of 32% over the course of the past three years.

– Soft Landing for new parents. Extension of paternity leave for our collaborators.

Breaking paradigms is not easy and we know that we still have a long way to go to achieve the goals we want. Inclusion and equity are key values of Santex’s philosophy and our commitment is to continue strengthening our gender balance policy in the work environment.