The Top 100 Best Companies for Women in India has been announced.
The list, compiled by The Working Mother Research Institute and AVTAR, has honoured 100 companies who are helping women to thrive at work and home.
Accenture tops the list, while companies such as Deloitte, EY, IBM, Intel and Morgan Stanley all reached the Top 10. The top 100 list also includes big name brands such as DHL, Ford, Kelloggs, Nestle, P&G, Societe Generale, Shell and Visa.
The winners were chosen based on data collected and compared across seven key areas: workforce profile, flexible work, women’s recruitment and retention, benefits, paid time off, company culture and safety and security.
Working Mother Media VP and General Manager, Subha Barry said, “We know that US women opt out of career opportunities, whether a new role, global rotation or promotion, in anticipation of life events.”
“In India they opt out even before they start their careers, anticipating marriage and care of children and in-laws.”
“Add to that their lack of simple legal protections; for example, it’s legal and acceptable for companies [in India] to ask a young woman job candidate when she plans to get married and, if married, when she plans to have a family – and discriminate base on the answers.”
“While this is unacceptable in the United States today, it wasn’t so long ago that this practice was commonplace.”
“My belief and hope is that fundamental culture change is underway in India and that things will improve dramatically in the years to come.”
The list also found that women make up 32 per cent of the workforce at the Top 10 companies and a quarter across the full list. Across the list, 37 per cent of managers were female.
The research also discovered that zero tolerance towards sexual harassment is the norm; all the listed companies offer flexible working; and the ‘best in class’ maternity leave is six months.