Black & Veatch is a leading engineering, consulting and construction employee-owned company having more than 100 offices worldwide and specializing in oil & gas, power, telecom, and water businesses employing more than 10,000 professionals. In India, Black & Veatch Pvt. Ltd. has been thriving for the last 15 years with offices in Mumbai, Pune and site operations in Chennai and Gujarat with over 750 professionals.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Black & Veatch India received a special award for Employer Branding Best Practices from Randstad at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. Arvind Sharmaa (HR Director, India), Manasi Joshi (HRBP, O&G) and Payal Jaguste (HRBP, Water) received the award from Jos Schut, CHRO, Randstad (Global) and Viswanath P.S., CFO, Randstad India.
This special recognition was for the efforts of Black & Veatch India’s HR team to enhance gender diversity at the company.
To achieve this objective, the following initiatives were rolled out by the HR team:
- Attract female talent to Black & Veatch – both entry level and lateral hires.
- Provide equal development and growth opportunities to female talent.
- Provide a safe and secure working environment to all professionals with enhanced focus on safety of women professionals.
- Engage with external communities focused on spreading awareness about gender diversity in India.
- Leverage an employee engagement initiative for celebrating women-centric events.
Black & Veatch India has also ensured 100% compliance on India’s Maternity Benefits Act and Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act (POSH). Women’s committees have been formed and are functional in the Mumbai and Pune offices. Enhanced maternity-related benefits have been provided through its mediclaim facility; a bus facility has been provided to women professionals; and a self-defense program was organized as a safety measure for women professionals. Plus, International Women’s Day is celebrated every year. Black & Veatch India’s HR team also connected with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and they are now working with SWE’s Mumbai affiliate, which further helps in driving this initiative in India.
Women at Black & Veatch have been very appreciative of these gender diversity efforts, which have enhanced their commitment and engagement levels towards the organization. They are also appreciative of the awareness, coaching and mentoring sessions that have been provided and see growth opportunities in the organization. Black & Veatch is now perceived as a safe place to work for women professionals.
These efforts have led to an improvement of three percent in gender diversity at Black & Veatch India in the last two years. With sustained efforts on all these initiatives, Black & Veatch India hopes to reach its target of 30 percent gender diversity in the next three years.