Inclusion & Diversity

We act inclusively and respect the uniqueness of people. Nokia culture welcomes people as their true selves.

Our vision is to create the technology to connect the world. This vision supports inclusion by working to create a more connected and better world for everyone, not just for some. This aspiration is carried through our strategy, right down to the contribution of every person at Nokia. We do not allow for any type of discrimination or discriminating biases, which is reflected in our employment practices and our guiding corporate values.

To learn more, watch our CEO Rajeev Suri share his views about the digital economy, economic progress and the social divide as part of a panel at World Economic Forum 2019 in Davos.

Gender Diversity

At Nokia, we believe that a diverse workforce is our platform for greater innovation, superior organizational performance, and delivering excellent service to our customers. Our ambition is to have a workplace where both men and women have equal opportunities to succeed in every function and at every level. As part of a related program we have implemented several initiatives to drive for gender balance.

Gender equality recognition. Bloomberg gave Nokia a good score in their Gender-Equality Index (GEI) 2019 in recognition of our strong commitment to gender balance

Through our recent efforts we have:

  • Improved the level of gender balance in many parts of the company including our Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team.
  • Delivered training to over 5,400 managers on gender dynamics and inclusive leadership.
  • Joined the United Nations, UNESCO and the European Round Table of Industrialists to support elimination of the disparity between men and women in technology companies and
  • Implemented programs to support the development of diverse talent.

For details see Barry French’s Blog: Nokia has been selected for Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index 2019


International Women's Day. We celebrated International Women’s Day at all our locations in line with the IWD 2019 theme #balanceforbetter.

On March 8, 2019: All our initiatives to celebrate the International Women's Day highlighted the importance of diversity of thought as reason for success in technology.

In support of IWD 2019, our CEO Rajeev Suri shared his views on equality, integrity, technology.

Nokia Enterprise President and Chief Strategy Officer Kathrin Buvac blogged on the topic of Reimagining Gender Equality in the Era of Industry 4.0


Greenlight for Girls. We hosted over 1,400 girls to experience a day of science in support of the Greenlight for Girls global initiative.

In 2018, Nokia hosted over 1400 girls to experience a day of science in support of the Greenlight for Girls global initiative. Over 400 Nokia employees volunteered and supported these events at our major locations around the world.


Gender equality networks. We have two strong networks focusing on gender equality related topics: Greenhouse and StrongHer.

While Greenhouse initiated by Nokia is a network of female leaders that spans across many companies, StrongHer is an employee interest group at Nokia promoting and enabling gender balance within Nokia. Today, the multi-award winning StrongHer initiative has over 3000 members – 24% men and 76% women – and is active in over 70 countries. It contributes to women’s empowerment, helping them unleash their potential and magnify their business contribution, and increase the representation of women at all levels and in all job functions in our company. In 2018, StrongHer organized 120 local events around the globe together with other companies and networks, attended by over 5600 employees. For more information visit the StrongHer page.


Other Inclusion & Diversity Initiatives

Our leadership is diverse and advocates for global anti-discrimination practices. Our employees represent around 166 nationalities doing work in over 170 countries. And we are pleased to have eight of these nationalities represented on our highest-level global leadership team

#EmbraceDifference. In 2018, Nokia contributed to a Europe-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion by signing a pledge of the European Round Table of Industrialists. 


In 2018, Nokia signed the Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) pledge of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) to show our support for embracing every aspect of diversity and for promoting inclusion in the workplace.

As a signatory of the ERT's pledge, Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa strongly supports inclusion and diversity: "We are a diverse and inclusive company – our teams reflect the countries that we operate in and our open culture helps contribute to Nokia's ongoing success. The way I think about inclusion is that you should feel you can bring all of yourself to your work, whatever your cultural background, ethnic origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. You shouldn't feel that you need to hide a part of who you really are in order to fit in." 

Tapping the full measure of talent from across society is critical for the long-term success of people, companies and society. Let's #EmbraceDifference.

For further details watch Risto Siilasmaa's video on #EmbraceDifference.



LGBT equality. We were awarded with “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index. 

We were proud to be awarded the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index score of 100%. The HRC Corporate Equality Index is a US national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.

EQUAL! is an educational and support group for our employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) or who have family, friends, or colleagues who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.