Avtar Group Invites Nominations for its 5th Edition of ‘Best Companies for Women in India’

Companies are welcome to participate in the 2nd edition of Most Inclusive Companies Index (MICI) that highlights holistic strands of diversity

Mumbai, February 6, 2020: India is a country of exceptional talent powered by employee friendly organizations that are contributing significantly towards increasing women’s workforce participation in the Indian employment landscape. To recognize the efforts of such enterprises and provide them a platform to celebrate and inspire, India’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) pioneer Avtar group jointly with Working Mother, US-based celebrated global gender parity champion, invite nominations from companies for the 5th Edition of its flagship survey property Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI).

The BCWI study has seen four successful runs in the country -- 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The study lists and showcases 100 Best Companies for Women in India, with a special spotlight on the Top 10 Best companies.

The study over its past editions has established itself as corporate India’s most comprehensive gender analytics exercise with millions of data points and hundreds of benchmarking reports. Every edition of the study has had over 300 companies participating, culminating at the alphabetical listing of the Top 10 and 100 Best Companies for Women.

Last year, Most Inclusive Companies Index (MICI) was introduced for companies that participated in BCWI to throw deeper insights on organizations’ inclusiveness encompassing other strands of diversity -- PWD, LGBTQA and Generation.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Social Entrepreneur, and Founder-President of Avtar Group, said “BCWI celebrates the inspiring stories of India’s most women friendly organizations. We have observed that leaders in Best Companies are challenging the status-quo, holding their team accountable for diversity. Their D&I commitments indicate their intentionality and the sense of urgency towards achieving 50:50 gender balance at their workplaces. We look forward to shining the spotlight on India’s celebrated inclusive organizations and policies through BCWI.”

BCWI has seen a diametric change in the focus of companies on women’s advancement. “The study built on insights drawn from millions of data, points out that evidence-based interventions in organizations demonstrate how addressing workplace biases and building inclusive policies can improve individual performances and the companies’ bottom-line,” added Subha V Barry, President, Working Mother Media (WMM).

The application form with close to 300 questions, requires applicant companies to provide data of high-order granularity on their practices, programs and policies to ensure gender inclusion at their workplaces.

A company, which has operations in India and has a minimum of 500 employees in its Indian operations (men, women and third gender included) can register to participate in the study. 

Last date for submitting applications is May 31, 2020.

For more details about the study and to register, please visit -http://www.avtarinc.com/bcwi.html