Speaking of equality, leading organisations have long been offering compulsory inclusion modules, LGBTQ+ communities, sensitisation sessions, counselling and solace. This support for rainbow-friendly workspaces within the India Inc. has gained momentum after the dismissal of Section 377 as unlawful on September 6th, 2018.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s premier non-profit organisation, reports that safe workspaces “are linked to greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, improved health outcomes, and increased productivity among LGBTQ+ employees”. The evidence of progress for inclusivity in the Indian corporate landscape can be clearly witnessed through the fact that an increasing number of companies are joining the bandwagon of creating safer workspaces for the LGBTQ+ individuals.
Following are some of the companies in India Inc. that have taken concrete measures in offering a conducive environment and embracing diversity. If you are looking for a job in an LGBTQ+ friendly company, give the following organisations a go.
The information technology giant has a comprehensive corporate policy that protects employees against discrimination on the basis of gender identity since 2002. Having earned a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 15 consecutive years, IBM offers medical insurance to same-sex partners for their LGBTQ+ employees.
The managers at IBM undergo a comprehensive training that sensitises them to transgender team members who may wish to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. People working for the tech major can “choose their own pronouns” on its internal HR tool.
2. Royal Bank of Scotland
Championing a welcoming and inclusive bank, RBS is committed to accepting, embracing and supporting diversity. Gender Balanced and LGBT+ Innovative are among its inclusion initiatives apart from the RBS India Rainbow Network that offers insight, education and support to its members. In April 2018, the bank extended medical benefits to same-sex and LGBTQ+ partners as well.
The bank is working at extending more policies to the LGBTQ+ employees. These include life insurance, accident cover, death benefits, relocation, and compassion leave.
The consulting major is equally recognised for its business performance and offering a culture of inclusion and diversity globally. Having received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 11 consecutive years, Accenture provides same benefits, including insurance coverage for gender affirmation surgery in certain countries, employee resource group and a global Ally program with more than 110,000 members.
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Supporting inclusion and diversity, Godrej’s India Culture Lab is an innovative initiative that encourages dialogue and experimentation and acts as a catalyst in offering support to LGBTQ+ employees. The company has a compulsory module on inclusion (similar to its POSH module) that all employees have to complete apart from extending medical benefits to the members of the LGBTQ+ community.
This leading Indian IT enterprise was one of the first few companies to form an employee resource group called "Infosys Gays Lesbians and You" (IGLU). It was created with the intention of bringing together their LGBTQ+ employees. Another group called the Infosys Pride is an affinity group that aims to create a safe, inclusive, and respectful work environment for other sexual and gender communities. The company actively hosts workshops and sessions to raise awareness and foster a culture of respect.
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