In a bid to promote a more gender-neutral work environment, the multinational drink and brewing company, Anheuser Bush Inbev (AB InBev), has introduced a gender affirmation support policy for its business unit in India. Under the new policy, employees can avail a company fund of Rs 5 lakhs for gender affirming surgery. They can also get a leave of 45 days to recover from the surgery that helps a person transition to their preferred gender.
Speaking about the inclusion of the new company policy, Tanushree Mishra, people director – India & South East Asia, AB InBev, says that this is an attempt, “to deliver on the firm’s unwavering commitment to meritocracy” for which “an equitable diverse and inclusive culture is essential.” This new policy “reaffirms our commitment to gender equality and reiterates our support to the LGBTQ+ community, internally and across our value chain.”
The policy is expected to contribute towards “strengthening our communities and building a better, more inclusive and equal world,” added Mishra.
The move is an addition to other policies that the Company has implemented to promote a more inclusive and comfortable work environment. Other policies include inclusive employee assistance programme and LGBTQ+ counselling support, through which employees and their families can avail counselling to discuss any unique challenges they may be facing in their personal or professional lives, anonymously. AB InBev offers unlimited wellness leave; flexible four-week paternity leave; adoption leave for LGBTQ+ employees, and inclusive insurance for same-sex partners.