Saraf Furniture to hire 250 LGBTQ+ professionals for equality at workplace

Expert committee will usher in LGBTQ+ appointees as interior designers, after-sales support, HR, w

Mumbai: In a bold move, furniture brand Saraf Furniture has announced it will walk its own talk on championing LGBTQ+ rights at the workplace, by hiring around 200 to 250 professionals from this community in the financial year 2021-22, as a part of the brand’s mission of 'equality in the workplace'.

Transforming the dream of LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace into reality, Saraf Furniture is carving out a detailed plan to constitute an expert committee to smoothly execute the socially relevant process. The top management has left no stone unturned to make its entire hiring process comfortable and hassle-free, especially for eligible, deserving LGBTQ+ candidates.  

Professionals belonging to LGBTQ+ community may now explore careers at the company across a diverse range of job profiles - interior designers, after-sales support, HR, chat support individuals, website developers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), AutoCAD experts, digital marketing, supply chain managers, to name just a few.

To streamline the entire mission, Saraf Furniture is running awareness and training-related programs on lifestyle diversity for their current employees also. The program seeks to ensure mutual respect, awareness, and communication among the entire workforce.

The company does not believe in half-hearted measures, it plans to go the entire mile and even further. A slew of new policies that include one on gender affirmation as well as a sexual harassment prevention initiative will also be implemented. Furthermore, Saraf Furniture will construct unisex washrooms and set up an additional safeguard to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in the form of a 'welfare committee'.

Saraf Furniture founder & CEO Raghunandan Saraf said, "There is a famous idiom - practice what you preach, and, I firmy believe in this. We can't afford to speak LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace if we fail to implement it in our own (corporate) workplace. Saraf Furniture has taken a firm decision to come forward and set an example for others to be followed, by living up to its firm commitment towards the LGBTQ+ (community and for) equality in the workplace in the true sense".

"As a growing organisation and one of the biggest names in the furniture industry, Saraf Furniture is always keen and geared up to integrate diversity at workplace. Nowadays, organisations need to involve people from all walks of life, hone their skill sets so as to take (get an) edge over others in the era of severe competition. As entrepreneurs, we need to be more open when it comes to talent which is lying untapped and unexplored. I know, together we can make a difference," Saraf added.

With the month of June globally recognised as ‘gay pride’ month, many brands today flaunt the community’s rainbow colours on their logos via social media handles. However, on-ground measures are yet to keep pace with the total number of brands seen championing the cause over Instagram. While every conversation that results in a mindset change cannot be discounted, it is crucial that more companies come forward and actually walk the talk.

At present, even two years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling decriminalised homosexuality, members of India's LGBTQ+ community lag far behind their western counterparts to attain due corporate representation and other benefits. Hence brands like Saraf Furniture will serve as the right role model for more corporate to take inspiration, perhaps borrow a bit of panache from them, to accomplish increased inclusivity, diversity and equality in the respective workplaces.

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