To ensure equality across its workforce, the Godrej Group has rolled out SheRises, its women’s employee resource group (ERG). The initiative will further enhance its efforts in making the organsiation more diverse and inclusive.
This ERG will comprise a mixed group of employees who will team up to recommend ways to enhance women’s engagement, capability, and thus retention to the leadership. Additionally, it will also be aligned with all business initiatives, policies and employee engagement.
Ruhie Pande, CHRO, Godrej Capital, said, “As we build the representation of women across our organisation, we are also committed to their success with us. SheRises is one of the avenues in place, to listen to their needs and respond with action. We will continue to enhance and create policies and capability-development opportunities that help women thrive at Godrej Capital.”
Guided by the principles of the Godrej Group, the purpose and values of the ERG will be guided under three main pillars:
Illuminate: Assessing needs such as women’s safety, health & hygiene, infrastructure, policy changes, sick and maternity leaves, creches, and so on.
Cultivate: Understanding the unique career-development needs and suggesting relevant capability-building opportunities.
Collaborate: Invite senior leaders and industry experts to share their insights and experiences on monthly theme-based topics such as diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, and reasons for attrition.
Furthermore, the ERG programme also includes some major proposals such as the Buddy Programme. Under this initiative, a buddy is assigned to every new woman employee. The buddy will be from the same geography or department to acquaint them with the workings & culture at Godrej Capital.
Counsel Connect is another initiative wherein women employees are given assistance to engage with any senior leader at the organisation, and seeking mentoring and coaching.
The male employees in the organisation will equally participate in supporting these sessions and initiatives to create a conducive environment.
Launched in November 2020, Godrej Capital has been aggressively expanding its operations, nearly doubling its employee base from 300 to 600 in the last year. The company wants to promote an inclusive workplace by fostering an atmosphere that is fair and offers plenty of chances. SheRises was developed as an employee-driven ERG with the goal of amplifying the voice of women in the workplace. The goal of this women’s ERG is to explore and develop strategies that will enable women to feel safer and advance in their jobs.