Saraf Furniture is taking its Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) agenda quite seriously. The online furniture company is all set to take on 250 people from the LGBTQ+ community in FY 2021-22. An expert committee is being put together to carry out this plan smoothly.
The Company that sells solid wood furniture online, will hire members of the LGBTQ community for its human resources, interior designing, website development, AutoCad, digital marketing, after-sales support, chat support, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) experts, AutoCAD expert, and supply chain management teams.
That is not all. The Company has been sensitising and training the existing workforce, and spreading awareness about lifestyle diversity in preparation to onboard members of the LGBTQ community.
Unisex washrooms are being constructed and a special welfare committee is being constituted to focus on protecting the rights of the Community.
The move, probably the first of its kind in India Inc. is the Company’s way of showing its commitment towards ensuring equality at the workplace in every sense of the word.
Raghunandan Saraf, founder & CEO, Saraf Furniture, hopes that more organisations will follow suit and hire from the LGBTQ community. He feels that unless companies actually do something concrete in this direction, the purpose of discussions on equality for the community and safeguarding their rights is defeated. While there are innumerable social-media campaigns going on for the community, little is being done by the corporate world on ground in terms of actively hiring from the community in large numbers.