PNB MetLife, one of the leading private life insurers in the country, won the 2016 Working Mother and AVTAR 100 Best Company for Women award at the Working Mother Media’s Global Advancement of Women Conference held in Mumbai on November 10, 2016. The company won the award for their women friendly policies towards creating a women enabling workforce by empowering them and building inclusive work environment for their growth in the organization.
PNB MetLife is at the forefront of implementing women friendly policies like flexi timing and flexi work place policy, maternity leave policy for duration of 26 weeks, educational assistance program and exclusive hospital tie-ups, amongst others. The company started its Diversity & Inclusion journey in 2014 and has achieved significantly in a span of 4 years. Recently, the company launched the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for its employees. The policy aims at providing equal access to employment opportunities for employees and applicants and administering all terms, conditions and privileges of employment fairly.
Elizabeth Nieto, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, MetLife said, “Globally, MetLife is committed to creating an environment of inclusion where all employees can contribute to their full potential and work in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The attraction, development and retention of women are critical aspects towards achieving this goal. We have made it to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies List in the U.S and are extremely proud to win this award for our Indian joint venture as well. Gender diversity will continue to remain a top priority for us at MetLife.”
Tim Braswell, Director – Human Resources, PNB MetLife India said, “We are very happy to receive the 2016 Working Mother and AVTAR 100 best company for women award. This award is a testimony of our efforts towards providing equal opportunities and an enabling work environment for all the women in the organization. At PNB MetLife, we believe it is important to empower women to perform to the best of their ability and work towards the achievement of the organization’s goals. This platform has provided us an opportunity to showcase our policies and best practices towards building a diverse workforce across the organization.”
The 2016 Working Mother and AVTAR 100 Best Companies is an extensive research driven process which includes application with more than 400 questions on leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility policies and more. It surveys the availability and usage of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. In selecting this year’s winning companies, particular weight was given to representation of women, advancement programs and flexibility.