Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), India’s leading entertainment network, has been recognized among 100 Best Companies for Women in India by Working Mother and AVTAR, and as an Exemplar of Inclusion in their Most Inclusive Companies Index. This year marks the fourth consecutive win for SPN being featured on the AVTAR list for Top 100 Best Companies for Women.
The awards are conducted by AVTAR – a pioneer in gender diversity and inclusion in India and Working Mother- a celebrated and prestigious global gender parity champion in the United States. The Working Mother’s annual list of 100 Best Companies in its 33rd anniversary this year, continues to raise awareness of the issues faced by women at the workplace and encourages the development of programs to address those concerns.
The award re-establishes the network’s values and corporate culture, strengthening their positioning as an employer of choice. Over the course of the last 25 years, SPN has built an inclusive, diverse and admirable environment which extracts the very best from them. With over 30% women representation amongst the network’s employees, SPN continues to not only play an active role in the dialogue on gender equality; but also, champions causes which challenge the status quo and support women workforce in all their endeavours. Amongst SPN’s several progressive policies, the SPN Apex Diversity and Inclusion Council, ‘Live Your Dream, Dastangoi and SPNI Pitchers' are some of the innovative and noteworthy efforts which position the network as a coveted employer in the industry.
Along with a stringent POSH policy championed by select employees across teams which ensures a safe work environment, SPN, also provides enhanced maternity benefits (fertility treatments), universal primary caregiver leave (26 weeks – childbirth, adoption and surrogacy), free near-site creche, preferential parking for expectant & new mothers, mother’s room and medical insurance. With new formats of working emerging as a result of the pandemic, SPN is among the first movers in securing mental and physical wellbeing. The network’s people-friendly initiatives such as scheduled downtime, mandatory leaves and introduction of COVID-19 reimbursements and insurance have resulted in employee delight, especially women.
SPN’s values are the bedrock of culture and have a huge impact on happiness and success at the organisation. Its nurturing environment celebrates performance and results while fostering collaboration to achieve big goals.
N.P. Singh, Managing Director and CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):
“I am humbled that SPN is recognised as a leader in championing the cause of gender parity. We will continue to accelerate our efforts in inclusion and diversity so that we can support the tangible change in society.”
Manu Wadhwa, Chief Human Resource Officer, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):
“With the recognition in the Most Inclusive Companies Index, we are encouraged to push further with our diversity and inclusion initiatives at SPN. We endeavour to build on our reputation of remaining a people-first organization that welcomes diverse talent. This recognition acknowledges the incremental changes we make year on year and fuels our fire to remain ahead of the curve.”
About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, Japan.
SPN has several channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great India Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of Hindi general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, the English movie channels; AXN and AXN HD, the channels showcasing the best in Reality, Entertainment and Drama; Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD; Sony मराठी, the Marathi general entertainment channel; SonyLIV - the digital entertainment VOD platform; SPN Productions, the networks’ film production arm and Studio NEXT the independent production venture for original content and IPs for TV and digital media. SPN reaches out to over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.
The network is recognized as an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN is a recipient of several awards, including the Great Place to Work®, ‘Aon Best Employers India’ awards in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices, consistently ranking amongst India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners and listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India.
Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is in its 25th year of operations in India. It has a subsidiary, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited and an affiliate, Bangla Entertainment Private Limited in India.
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