Source | economictimes.indiatimes.com | Prachi Verma | Sreeradha Basu
India Inc is looking to hire LGBTQ+ talent with the aim of building a more diverse workforce. Companies such as Capgemini, GE, Flipkart, Tata Steel NSE 0.55 %, Wipro NSE -4.05 %, Accenture and Goldman Sachs are rolling out initiatives to attract and retain LGBTQ+ employees, their executives told ET.
Many of these companies already have robust inclusive policies that are being further strengthened. Apart from fostering diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), this also gives companies a wider talent pool for hiring.
“Organisations need to tap into every talent pool to address talent and skill gaps. After the Indian courts abolished the law that criminalised same-sex relations there is more acceptance toward LGBTQ+ employees,” said Sarika Naik, CMO and chairperson of diversity, India, Capgemini, which is proactively hiring from the LGBTQ+ community.
Tata Steel started recruiting from the transgender community in 2021, with 14 joining the company, the number has now grown to 79. “We are also currently in the process of recruiting 30 transgender persons for our Shared Services Division in Jamshedpur,” said Jaya Singh Panda, chief diversity officer, Tata Steel.