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HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Tuesday, 17 October 2017

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The Study, by Working Mother in partnership with the AVTAR Group, aims to identify the best practices and policies followed by companies for increasing women’s workforce participation

The 100 Best Companies for Women in India have just been announced and organisations, such as Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Procter & Gamble and Schneider Electric India, feature amongst the top 10. They share space with Shell India Markets, Tata Consultancy Services, Northern Trust Bank, People Combine Educational Initiatives and EY in the top 10 list of the second edition of the Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) Study.

Instituted by Working Mother in partnership with the AVTAR Group, the study aims to identify the best practices and policies followed by companies to increase women’s participation in the workforce. This second edition of the study received registrations from 360 employers in the country, with 250 of them submitting their applications and 100 of them being listed as the Best Companies for Women in India.

The report suggests that aided with best practices and policies at the workplace, the 100 Best Companies for Women in India has witnessed a two-fold increase in the women employees’ spectrum in the last one year. The study shows that the women employment count currently stands at 4,67,883 among the 100 Best Companies for Women in India as compared to 2,05,236 women employees last year.

The report states that in terms of the gender diversity ratio in the 100 Best Companies, there has been a five percentage point increase from last year. 30.55 per cent of the workforce of the 2017-100 Best Companies are women (up from 25.25 per cent in 2016). This is substantiated by a significant increase in the hiring rates for women in the 100 Best Companies at 36 per cent — a 15 per cent surge from last year.

Interestingly, the survey reveals that expanding the canvas of their women-oriented initiatives, 38 per cent of the 2017-100 Best Companies provide support to women suffering postpartum depression, 20 per cent provide support for employees with autistic children. In addition, 67 per cent of the companies have formal phase-back programmes (15 per cent up increase from 52 per cent in 2016) to help young mothers reintegrate themselves back to work post maternity. The study also states that 40 per cent of the companies across industries have formal programmes for returning women. In tune with the increasing pattern of millennial couples sharing familial responsibilities, 94 per cent of the 2017-100 Best Companies offer fully paid paternity leave to their employees—the maximum being 56 days.

Reflecting on the same, Saundarya Rajesh, founder-president, AVTAR Group says, “Whilst it is encouraging to note that many companies have introduced new policies to retain valuable women talent, this trend still remains nascent in the traditional services industry and there is a need for industries, such as manufacturing and infrastructure to leverage the opportunity of an increase in employable women talent.”

Adding to this, Subha Barry, senior vice president & managing director, Working Mother Media, says “The impact that BCWI has created in the Indian market, where companies have recognised the need to have women in the workforce and have diligently worked towards introducing best practices, is truly remarkable. We have noticed that this is not just at an entry level but across all levels, which is very encouraging for women employees in the company.”

The selection was based on data of the highest order of granularity spanning seven key policy clusters—workforce profile, flexible work, women’s recruitment and retention, benefits, paid-time, company culture and safety and security, as provided by the applicant companies.

The winning companies, which feature in the prestigious 2017 Working Mother & AVTAR 100 Best Companies for Women in India, listed alphabetically are:

1. Accenture Solutions Private Limited
2. ADP Private Limited
3. AGS Health Pvt Ltd.
4. Barclays Shared Services Pvt. Ltd.
5. BASF India Limited
6. Bayer
7. Biocon Ltd
8. BNY Mellon International Operations (India) Private Limited
9. Boehringer Ingelheim India Pvt Ltd
10. Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Private Limited
11. CA Technologies
12. Capgemini Technology Services India Ltd
13. Capita India Pvt Ltd
15. CDK Global (India) Private Ltd
16. Cisco Systems
17. Citibank
18. Credit Suisse India
19. CRISIL Ltd.
20. Cushman & Wakefield India Private Limited
22. DBS Bank
23. Deloitte in India
24. Dow Chemical International Private Limited
25. Dr Reddy's Laboratories
27. EY
28. Future Focus Infotech Pvt Ltd
29. Great Software Laboratory
30. HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited
31. HP Inc.
32. HSBC Electronic Data Processing (India) Private Limited, HSBC Software Development (India)
34. IBS Software Services Private Limited
35. iNautix Technologies India Private Ltd.
36. Indegene Private Limited
37. Infiniti Retail Limited
38. Infosys Limited
39. Integra Software Services Pvt. Ltd.
40. Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd.
41. Johnson & Johnson Pvt. Ltd.
42. K. Raheja Corp
43. Kellogg India Pvt. Ltd
44. KONE Elevator India Pvt Ltd
46. Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited
47. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
48. Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd
49. Mahindra Susten Pvt. Ltd.
50. MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt. Ltd
51. Marico Limited
52. Mastercard Incorporated
53. MetLife Global Operations Support Center Pvt. Ltd.
54. Midland Credit Management India Private Limited
55. Mindtree Limited
56. Molecular Connections Pvt Ltd
57. Mondelez India Foods Private Limited
58. Monsanto
59. Morgan Stanley
60. Mphasis Limited
61. MSD Pharmaceuticals Private Limited
62. Netmeds Market Place Limited
63. Nielsen (India) Private Ltd
64. Northern Trust Bank
65. Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd
66. Optum Global Solutions (India) Private Limited
67. PayPal India Private Ltd
68. Pegasystems Worldwide India Pvt. Ltd.
69. People Combine Educational Initiatives Limited
70. PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd
71. PNB Metlife India Insurance Co. Ltd.
72. Procter & Gamble
73. Raychem RPG
74. Sapient Consulting Pvt Ltd
75. Schneider Electric India
76. Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd
77. Societe Generale Global Solution Centre
78. Sodexo Onsite Services
79. Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
80. Standard Chartered Bank, India
81. Standard Chartered Global Business Services Pvt. Ltd (formerly known as Scope International
Private Limited)
82. State Street Corporate Services Mumbai Private Limited
83. Sun Life India Service Centre Private Limited
84. Target Corporation India Pvt Ltd
85. Tata Communications Ltd.
86. Tata Consultancy Services
87. Tata Starbucks Private Limited
88. Tata Steel Limited
89. Tech Mahindra LTD
90. Tesco Bengaluru Private Limited
91. The Indian Hotels Company Limited
92. Thomas Cook Group, India
93. ThoughtWorks Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd.
94. ValueLabs
95. Vedanta Limited
96. Verizon Data Services India Pvt. Ltd
97. Visa Inc.
98. Vodafone India Limited
99. Walmart India Private Limited
100. Wells Fargo India Solutions Private Limited
101. WM Global Technology Services India Private Limited

** Owing to a tie in one of the positions, the 2017-100 Best Companies for Women in India Listing features 101 companies.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 17 October 2017

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