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Women’s Leadership Development

With support from USAID’s Engendering Industries program, Tata Power-DDL implements women’s leadership and development initiatives that improve company culture and performance.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) is the largest integrated power company in India, serving over seven million people in North and Northwest Delhi. Only 15 percent of the company’s 3500 employees are women, and the utility realized they had an important role to play in increasing gender equality in India; a country with one of the lowest female workforce participation rates globally.

In 2019 Tata Power-DDL began working with USAID’s Engendering Industries program to increase gender equality across the company. By employing more women in non-traditional roles, Tata Power-DDL has increased gender equality and improved utility performance. Engendering Industries sat down with Bharat Chhabra, Tata Power’s Head of HR-Talent Development, to learn about the utility’s gender equality initiatives, their impact on women and men at the company, and the ways gender equality is strengthening their business.

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Launched in 2015, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports organizations in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Increased gender equality also improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom-line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations are also vital in supporting stronger and more resilient economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Industries builds the capacity of leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and improve business performance.

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

Last updated: February 23, 2022