SPN India honoured for diversity and inclusion efforts

This year marks the fourth consecutive win for SPN.

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN),  has been recognized among 100 best companies for women in India by Working Mother and Avtar, and as an exemplar of inclusion in their most inclusive companies index. This year marks the fourth consecutive win for SPN being featured on the Avtar list for Top 100 best companies for women.

The awards are conducted by Avtar, a pioneer in gender diversity and inclusion in India, and Working Mother, a prestigious global gender parity champion in the United States. The Working Mother’s annual list of 100 Best Companies in its 33rd anniversary this year, continues to raise awareness of the issues faced by women at the workplace and encourages the development of programs to address those concerns.

Over the course of the last 25 years, SPN has built an inclusive and diverse environment which extracts the very best from them. With over 30 per cent women representation amongst the network’s employees, SPN continues to not only play an active role in the dialogue on gender equality, but also champions causes which challenge the status quo and support women workforce in all their endeavours. Amongst SPN’s several progressive policies, the SPN Apex diversity and inclusion council, ‘Live your dream’, Dastangoi and ‘SPNI Pitchers’ are some of the innovative and noteworthy efforts which position the network as a coveted employer in the industry.

Along with a stringent POSH policy championed by select employees across teams which ensures a safe work environment, SPN also provides enhanced maternity benefits (fertility treatments), universal primary caregiver leave (26 weeks – childbirth, adoption and surrogacy), free near-site creche, preferential parking for expectant & new mothers, mother’s room and medical insurance. With new formats of working emerging as a result of the pandemic, SPN is among the first movers in securing mental and physical wellbeing. The network’s people-friendly initiatives such as scheduled downtime, mandatory leaves and introduction of Covid2019 reimbursements and insurance have resulted in employee delight, especially women.

SPN’s values are the bedrock of culture and have a huge impact on happiness and success at the organisation. Its nurturing environment celebrates performance and results while fostering collaboration to achieve big goals.

Sony Pictures Networks India MD and CEO N P Singh said, “I am humbled that SPN is recognised as a leader in championing the cause of gender parity. We will continue to accelerate our efforts in inclusion and diversity so that we can support the tangible change in society.”

SPN India chief human resource officer Manu Wadhwa said, “With the recognition in the Most Inclusive Companies Index, we are encouraged to push further with our diversity and inclusion initiatives at SPN. We endeavour to build on our reputation of remaining a people-first organization that welcomes diverse talent.”

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