Capgemini has five lessons to give India Inc on gender inclusivity

Gay rights activists walk with a rainbow colored flag as they participate in a pride rally celebrating anniversary of repealing a colonial-era criminal law in Kolkata, India, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Last year, India's top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights in the world's largest democracy.Photo/Bikas Das)
  • French multinational Capgemini is an exception. The technology major employs 200,000 people across 40 countries, half of whom are in India.
  • In an interaction with Business Insider India, Capgemini shared five things they do to make the workplace more inclusive.

It’s been a year since the draconian law of Section 377 was abolished, yet, the society is far away from providing its LGBTQIA+ citizens with.

Previously, companies would reject the job application of LGBTQIA+ people because of Section 377. Even without legality holding them back, few companies are taking the step to hire them.

French multinational Capgemini is an exception. The technology major employs 200,000 people across 40 countries, half of whom are in India.

"OUTfront programme has four pillars of delivery: Adoption; Adaption; Absorption; Evangelising. Here are some of the steps we have taken towards strengthening our gender agenda and enhancing LGBT+ people experience at Capgemini offices in India : providing medical insurance coverage for employees in same-sex relationships, month-long paid leave for sex reassignment surgeries, building, all gender washrooms, zero discrimination policy and rolling out a mandatory online learning module for all employee,"said Gayathri Ramamurthy, Diversity & Inclusion Head – India, Capgemini.


Not identifying people by sexual orientation
The first and foremost step is not identifying their employees in terms of sexual orientation. "At Capgemini, we do not identify candidates and employees basis their sexual orientation. However, from June '19 onwards we started focused efforts to recruit LGBT+ individuals by participating in external LGBT+ hiring job fairs." said the company.

Building all-gender washrooms
Capgemini added gender-neutral washrooms that would solve the restroom issue for its trans workforce in India.

Medical insurance for same-sex partners

Same sex couples are deprived of many simple rights including right to adoption, or claiming a simply medical insurance for their partner. This is even after removal of Section 377.

Capgemini suggests providing partner medical insurance coverage for employees in same-sex relationships.

Paid leave for gender affirmation surgery
Sex reassignment surgery can be rigorous and providing help will help retain trans employees.

"We cover gender affirmation surgery in our medical insurance for trans people. So far, one employee at Capgemini has taken the medical insurance and the one-month leave "

A platform to discuss LGBT topics

Top management plays a very active role in making a place inclusive for all. Capgemini began giving a platform to their employees and senior leaders to talk about LGBT topics through the podcast and internal chat platform called Yammer.

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