Gurgaon, 2018: Walmart India, the wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc., has been recognized among “100 Best Companies for Women’ for the 2nd year in a row. The company has been featured in the list of 100 companies compiled by `The Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India Study 2018’ that was announced recently.
The study was conducted by “The Working Mother” and “AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI)” to recognize the contributions of leading corporates in India towards building sustainable careers for women. The assessment methodology was strictly based on an applicant company’s robust policy framework towards women’s career enablement which is recorded and sought in an application form spanning 400+ policy specific, data oriented questions. Every application was scored on policy impact on seven key policy clusters namely Workforce Profile, Women’s Recruitment, Retention & Advancement, Flexible Work, Safety & Security, Parental Leave, Benefits & Work-Life Programs & Company Culture & Management Accountability.
Speaking about the recognition, Krish Iyer, President & CEO of Walmart India said, “It is a tremendous honor to get featured in this prestigious list of ‘100 Best Companies for Women’ for the second time in a row. We strongly believe that diversity & inclusion is critical for business to succeed as a diverse workforce brings new perspectives to the table inspiring innovative solutions. Through enabling polices & programs, we strive to recruit, groom and retain high performing women talent across all levels. At the same time, we also recognize that we have a lot more to do in order to have a `fair share’ of women in the workforce.
Our commitment to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion extends beyond our workplace to create an inclusive culture and shared purpose of economically empower under-served women. For example – our ‘Women Entrepreneurship Development Program’, now in its third year, creates a pipeline of industry-ready women entrepreneurs while the capacity of women farmers is enhanced to increase farm productivity, make them market savvy and increase incomes.’’
Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India is a unique study that has a 33-year old legacy in the United States under the aegis of Working Mother, a celebrated gender parity champion of the US. The Indian edition of the listing, which was launched jointly by AVTAR (Diversity & Inclusion Consulting pioneer in India) and Working Mother, follows the ethos of the study as established over the three decades. The Study, over the last thirty-three years in the United States, has only done alphabetical listing.