Procter & Gamble is one of the world’s biggest FMCG corporates.
P&G has a big presence in India and the company has recently thrown its hat into the ring in the discussion about LGBTQ equality.
While same-sex relationships were legalised in India in 2018, much work still remains in terms of eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ people. P&G has announced that it is extending its workplace benefits program to its LGBTQ employees.
P&G has around 4,500 employees across six sites in India. It now joins the likes of Tata Steel, Infosys, and Accenture in ensuring - in line with guidance from the United Nations - that its employee benefits program recognises the needs of LGBTQ employees and does not discriminate on the basis of sexuality.
Employee benefits programs generally include items such as medical coverage, including hospitalisation, emergency financial assistance, a flexible subsidy allowance, and relocation benefits. These benefits are often extended to partners and dependents.
“Our goal is to create a fully inclusive workplace where our employees feel included and are able to bring their authentic selves to work every day,” said P.M. Srinivas, vice president & head (HR) - India of P&G. “We will also continue to strengthen our awareness and training programmes that sensitise our people on LGBTQ+ diversity. We hope that this will enable us to strengthen our company’s culture, inspire change and create a positive societal impact.”
The new policy will come into effect from April.