EY listed a Top 10 Company for Women in 2018 BCWI Study - WorldHRDiary

October 16, 2018

EY listed a Top 10 Company for Women in 2018 BCWI Study

New Delhi, India, 16 October 2018- EY emerged as one of the foremost companies for its commitment to advance gender inclusion and was recognized by the 2018 Top 10 Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) study conducted by AVTAR Group & Working Mother Media. EY has emerged in the Top 10 for the third year in row. This award is a validation of the organization’s commitment and robust policy frameworks that make it an employer of choice for women.

Currently in its third edition, the study evaluated 345 companies and aimed at recognizing and bring to the forefront the sustained initiatives undertaken by companies to increase women’s workforce participation.

Advancing gender parity is a priority under EY’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda to provide an enabling environment for people to succeed and achieve their fullest potential. The organization undertakes several specific and focussed interventions at every stage of the employee life cycle to make the workplace more conducive and enabling.

Recruiting a diverse workforce-

‘RecruitHER’ brings in 360-degree approach and a wide range of initiatives to engage with women aspirants and building a strong talent pipe of women for future positions. The ‘Women walk in’ drives not only provide work opportunities to women aspirants but also helps them to understand and experience the corporate culture.

Back in the Game program focuses on the needs of working mothers and helps ease their comeback into the workplace. The program offers a guaranteed job for working mothers who take a career break for maternity / child care, without any formal interview process.

Creating an inclusive and nurturing environment -

A solidarity movement called ‘I stand with her’ to encourage male colleagues to join hands in accelerating the pace of change for driving gender parity.

My Life and MomEY support systems provide new ways of working and enable flexible working arrangements for our people to maintain a balance between personal and professional commitments.

Theatre style intervention’ to create awareness on unconscious bias and gender sensitization helps promote an inclusive work environment, breaking barriers and creating opportunities for everyone.

Career enablement-

Career Watch focuses developing a robust women leadership pipe by providing our high-potential women access to the key experiences and opportunities.

Commenting on the achievement, Sandeep Kohli, Partner and Talent Leader, EY India, said, “We are delighted to be recognized as one of best places to work for Women in India. At EY, we have taken some very focused and purposeful actions towards increasing representation of women in leadership positions, advancing diversity hiring and enabling an inclusive work environment. We believe diversity & inclusion strengthens us and we are committed to taking actions to make sustainable progress. We are proud of the progress we’ve made and are also motivated by a strong sense of what is still to come.”

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, AVTAR Group, said “Over the past 3 editions of the Best Companies for Women in India initiative (BCWI) – 2016, 17 and 18, BCWI has given the much needed momentum to corporate India’s conviction in gender inclusion. This comprehensive gender analytics exercise is powering the collective intent on inclusion, helping fragmented bits of ideas cohere into an intentional, vision-driven whole. To see organizations, evolve their enablement framework to one that acknowledges and supports the holistic well-being of employees, specifically women, is extremely heartening. Offering such support, especially at critical life events like maternity, help women professionals navigate emotion hurdles and move on to build successful, sustainable careers. With personalized handholding, their engagement with their employers are heightened and growth to leadership is a natural, logical extension. The 2018 BCWI data tells us just that – invest in women, they will leave you less! But, as we collectively move towards the elusive goal of gender balance, there is room to do more, add more! Women hiring has seen a dip between 2017 and 2018; at mid-management levels, men continue to be more likely to be promoted. Consistent focus to ensure osmotic reach of the inclusion intent is the way to go.”

Adding to this, Subha Barry, President, Working Mother Media, said “Working Mother Media is proud to again partner with AVTAR to name the Best Companies for Women in India. The exemplary companies that made the 2018 100 Best Companies for Women in India list represent the most progressive companies for women. We applaud their vision and efforts to create and sustain a work environment where women can advance and thrive.”  

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