Mumbai: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has been recognized amongst the 100 Best Companies for Women in India for 2017. This award is based on study conducted by Working Mother – a global leader on gender equity – and AVTAR, a pioneer in diversity and inclusion in India.
Grooming women leaders at various levels and building an equal-opportunity, inclusive culture have been some of the key focus areas for SPN.
The Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India is a one-of-its-kind study to identify, share, showcase and celebrate best practices from India’s best employers to foster women’s career advancement. The 2017 Working Mother & AVTAR 100 Best Companies for Women in India were chosen based on performance across 7 key policy clusters namely, workforce profile, flexible work, women’s recruitment and retention, benefits, paid-time off/parental leave, company culture, safety and security. 360 companies participated in the study, which is India’s largest and most rigorous gender analytics exercise.
SPN was one of the first organizations in the country to extend maternity, adoption and surrogacy leave to 6 months, well before it became mandated by law. Pregnant women can also avail preferential parking on the office premises. The network has a special provision of a mothers’ room, where a new mother can pump and store milk for her baby, and near-site crèche facilities for employees to avail for their children.
SPN also prioritizes women’s safety through practices like sensitizing all employees on prevention of sexual harassment (POSH), and training women employees on self-defense techniques. SPN allows its employees to strike a perfect work life balance with in-house activities like fitness challenges, an employee assistance program, healthy lifestyle workshops, desktop yoga to boost employee motivation and productivity.
NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India said, “At SPN, we have an inclusive culture which delivers fulfilling career experiences and growth opportunities. It is a tribute to our organization’s culture that we are being recognised as among the top 100 companies for women in India.”
Smriti K. Singh, CHRO, Sony Pictures Networks India said, “Our people practices are designed to support women employees in the unique challenges they face while balancing and excelling at various roles in and outside the office. Being part of this list reinforces our standing as an employer of choice.”