LGBT community symposium seeks a level playing field at workplace
“Godrej goes beyond following a non-discrimination policy. Our employee benefits from insurance to family policies include people of every sexual orientation. We strive to create a culture that makes every individual feel free and equal,” said Sahani. “To put it quite simply, even if you’re heterosexual, we will treat you equal,” he laughed.
The symposium, the first of its kind in Chennai, sought to bring together employers, employees and activists to address challenges faced by the lesbian gay bisexual intersex transgender or queer (LGBTIQ) community in India. It was hosted by analytics firm RELX in association with the Amsterdam-based Workplace Pride Foundation and the Bengaluru-based Solidarity Foundation.
Michiel Kolman, a senior vice president at Elsevier, spoke about the three models that most multinationals followed diversity at workplace The first, he called, the “when in Rome” policy, when firms adhere to the norms of the country they are in; the second, the “embassy model”, where within the walls of the company they were pro-diversity, but outside, they followed the norms of the country they were in; and the third, the advocate model, where companies openly stuck to the pro-diversity policies.