Cushman & Wakefield has been adjudged amongst the top 100 best companies for women by a recent survey - 2017 Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) conducted annually by AVATAR. The only International property consultancy company in India to feature on the survey, Cushman & Wakefield was chosen for its strong policies towards development of women employees.
The 2017 BCWI – the second edition of the study aimed to identify, share, showcase and celebrate best practices from India’s best employers to foster women’s career advancement. The survey takes into considerations parameters of Women Recruitment Retention and advancements, Flexible Work, Safety & Security, Benefits, Paid leaves, Company culture and work-life programs and best practices. The 2017 edition witnessed an overwhelming participation of 360 companies from across industries. Among which, Cushman & Wakefield emerged as one of 100 Best winners of the study along-side global companies like Accenture, Cisco, EY, HDFC, Marico, Tata Steel and Vodafone amongst others.
Cushman & Wakefield has been working relentlessly to create an environment that is diverse, inclusive and productive for its employees. Active and focused programs have been created that ensure women do not have to make a choice between career advancement and family duties. Long term programs like women leadership development, young leader’s programs, maternity benefits, child -care and travel benefits for working mothers, flexible working hours etc. are some of the policy structures that have been systematically introduced over a period.
“Cushman & Wakefield has successfully established leadership position in the Indian real estate ecosystem. This award is an example of achieving new industry bench mark for C&W adding another feather to its cap. Within the industry, we are looked as a professional, diverse, agile and engaged organization where growth and recognition forms the core of the organization. Globally our organization is committed to bring women to forefront in leadership positions and creating a dynamic work environment. In addition, there is an ever-increasing uniform spread of women employees who are delivering par excellence performance ranging from entry levels to leadership positions across functions” Deepali Bhardwaj, Executive Director, Human resources, India, Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield has created an unparalleled brand strength in India in the last 20 years since we started in 1997. Part of our brand’s strength in the market is our diversity coming from our strong women leadership. We have achieved our superiority by ensuring the right environment of growth for our talent irrespective of gender. We recognize and respect the strength our women employees bring to our company and our clients and have nurtured that to create a strong foundation. Our experience as a diverse and integrated company is critical for our growth as we sprint towards being the best in our industry - Anshul Jain, Country Head & Managing Director India, Cushman & Wakefield
Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, AVTAR Group, said “Corporate India’s focus on recruiting and expanding their women employee base is laudable. Going by the data (a 5% increase in women’s representation in one year), the Best Companies for Women in India may get to their goal of gender balance in another 5-6 years’ time! Whilst it is encouraging to note that many companies have introduced new policies to retain valuable women talent, this trend still remains nascent in traditional services industry and there is a need for industries such as manufacturing and infrastructure to leverage the opportunity of an increase in employable women talent. In the years to come, BCWI will further strengthen the ecosystem for women professionals in India Inc., raising the bar each year and catalyzing its journey to gender balance”
Adding to this, Ms. Subha Barry, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Working Mother Media
, said “We are delighted that BCWI has set a benchmark among companies to initiate more women inclusive polices. The impact that BCWI has created in the Indian market, where companies have recognized the need for having women in the workforce and have diligently worked towards introducing best practices is truly remarkable. We have noticed that this is not just at an entry level but across all levels, which is very encouraging for women employees in the company. I congratulate all the winning companies and hope to see a continued expansion of inclusive and women-friendly policies.”
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