O4S, a supply chain SaaS start-up, launched its program ‘Career Relaunch 2.0’, an Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) initiative designed to help women on a sabbatical to make an easy transition back into the corporate world. The program aims to help them re-launch their career after a break, supporting them in re-gaining their rigour. As part of this initiative, the company will provide structured onboarding, focused mentoring, flexible work options, and job learning to the candidates. O4S has received over $10 Million funding in the past few years and wishes to invest it in attracting the right talent pool.
The technology sector is already falling short of female employees, with only 26% women working in tech roles. Thus, making it even more critical for organizations, especially tech-based, to nurture what they already have and strive to achieve what they envision. O4S is rigorously working towards creating a culture that encourages equal opportunities and empathy. O4S’s founders also believe that women who wish to resume work represent a motivated talent pool and help drive the necessary growth. The company will provide an environment to address their concerns and close specific skills gaps.
Speaking on the launch of the initiative, Mr Divay Kumar – Co-Founder & CEO O4S, said, “Gender biases, the wage gap is very much talked about topics, which tend to obscure the need for initiatives to support women to relaunch their careers. With the launch of Career Relaunch 2.0, we hope to provide a launchpad to women technologists who have had an extended absence from work due to unavoidable circumstances. This step enables a smooth transition to the workspace with structure and support. Through this program, we aim to encourage them to pursue their career goals – at O4S, we believe that a pause in a career does not mean a full stop.”
With this initiative, O4S aims to increase the diversity ratio at work & is looking to add 70+ female employees to their workforce by March 2022. The program is started to ignite a culture change in the Tech industry in India by erasing the stereotypes that come from a career break by women.
O4S was incepted in 2017 and has raised over $10Mn so far, with a recent Series A investment of $6Mn led by Think Investments. O4S, with its multi-module platform, enables traceability, automation across manufacturing, warehouses, retail networks, eventually leading to an increase in sales and performance. O4S’s solution helps optimize downstream Supply Chain operation, Trade Promotion, Consumer Engagement, and Brand Protection. The company’s platforms utilize technologies such as AI, ML, and IoT with the core supply chain operations to build global supply chains networks for the brands. Moreover, its solutions support application-driven analytics and reporting capabilities for organizations across various industries to keep track of their supply chain state.