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VMware Joins Microsoft Partner Pledge

VMware Staff
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VMware has signed the Microsoft Partner Pledge, a joint commitment dedicated to driving social and environmental impact within the technology industry.

The Microsoft Partner Pledge aims to bring organisations together to make digital innovation a force for good by focusing on three key pillars: growing talent in our industry, enhancing diversity & inclusion and shaping a desirable world.

“We are pleased to welcome VMware to the Microsoft Partner Pledge and looking forward to working together on the programmes core pillars of growing talent, enhancing diversity and inclusion and shaping a desirable world,” says James Chadwick, ISV Director, Microsoft UK.

“At VMware, our ESG commitments are deeply embedded into the core of our business,” says Tamar Brooks, Vice President, United Kingdom & Ireland, VMware. “We’re proud to have joined the Microsoft Partner Pledge to further strengthen our commitment to sustainability and help the technology industry take crucial steps towards achieving our collective ESG targets.”

Read on to find out more on how VMware is progressing on its ESG journey and how the company is building towards a more sustainable multi-cloud.

Three pillars of the Microsoft Partner Pledge: 1) growing talent in our industry, 2) enhancing diversity & inclusion and 3) shaping a desirable world

Growing talent in our industry

VMware is committed to closing the skills gap and making digital transformation accessible for all by improving access to learning on topics such as cloud computing, app modernization, end-user computing, network and security and more.

Through the VMware IT Academy, the company has helped upskill over 42,000 EMEA-based learners on VMware technology solutions.

VMware also offers a series of programs and training to encourage employees to engage in lifelong learning. On average, VMware employees receive more than 25 hours of training per year, translating into more than 900,000 hours of training overall. In FY23, more than 18,000 employees also completed professional development programs and more than 14,000 employees completed technical courses in research and development (R&D).

Enhancing diversity & inclusion

VMware is proud to be an organization that promotes a culture where women and underrepresented persons in our workforce feel recognized, safe, empowered and celebrated. In 2022, the company was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality for its efforts in establishing and implementing policies, benefits and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.

As part of an ongoing commitment to address the gender pay gap, VMware aims that over 1 in 3 hires (37%) will identify as a woman. To achieve this, VMware is committed to including diverse candidates from both within and outside the technology space by encouraging women candidates who may not have previous industry experience to apply for open positions, in addition to offering equal parenting and caring opportunities, regardless of gender.

All VMware leaders also have clear Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals that are focused on increasing women representation in the company’s hiring processes.

Shaping a desirable world

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has played a key part of VMware’s journey since the company’s inception in 1998. As a leader in multi-cloud services, VMware is fully committed to decarbonising digital infrastructures and driving the development of tech talent with sustainability, equity, trust at the core.

Recently, VMware published its annual ESG report, which outlined company’s ongoing progress to achieve net zero carbon emissions for its operations and supply chain, as outlined in its 2030 Agenda.

In FY23, VMware made significant steps towards creating a more sustainable multi-cloud experience for its customers while also empowering diverse and distributed workforces. This includes the launch of the Green Score feature in VMware Aria Operations, which provides customers with recommendations on how they can further optimize the energy usage within their cloud environments, as well as the expansion of the Zero Carbon Committed initiative, which added 24 VMware Cloud Services Provider partners.