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Procter & Gamble extends medical, workplace benefits to partners of LGBTQ+ employees, Retail News, ET Retail

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Consumer goods major Procter & Gamble will extend all its company offered medical and workplace benefits to partners of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+) with effect from April 1.

Partners of LGBTQ+ employees will now be covered under the company’s medical plan that provides hospitalisation coverage to employees and their dependents. LGBTQ+ employees can also avail emergency financial assistance for their partners. P&G India provides emergency financial assistance to its employees and their partners in case of natural calamity, death of an immediate family member or hospitalisation of an immediate family member to cover expenses not covered in the company’s medical policy.

The company provides additional fixed allowance to its employees to meet their personal and family needs. These include interest payments for bank loans, allowance for medical care, childcare, wellness, productivity tools, home renovation, personal vacation and travel, personal development for employee and family, and family celebrations. LGBTQ+ employees can now avail this benefit for their partners. The company will extend financial support and transfer related assistance arising out of a company-initiated relocation to partners of LGBTQ+ employees.

“We are proud to shape our company offered comprehensive benefits to a fully inclusive and equality-based program which extends to partners of LGBTQ+ employees,” said PM Srinivas, Vice President and Head – Human Resources, Indian Sub-Continent, Procter & Gamble. “This latest initiative builds on top of our ‘Share the Care’ inclusive parental leave policy that we launched last year. We will also continue to strengthen our awareness and training programs that sensitise our people on LGBTQ+ diversity. We hope that this will enable us to strengthen our company’s culture, inspire change and create a positive societal impact,” he added

Back in 1992, P&G took a public stand for inclusion by adding sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policies. The company has an internal affinity group, GABLE (Gay, Ally, Bisexual, Lesbian, and Transgender Employees) that is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive network that empowers diverse employees to bring their whole selves to work every day. The company’s India GABLE network has been conducting LGBTQ+ diversity training to sensitise employees on inclusive behaviours, role modelling inclusion and showing support. In the past six months, more than 70% managers have completed this training.

P&G India has also launched ‘Pride Podcasts’ wherein it invites leaders from within P&G globally and external advocates who share their journey, educate, and address myths about LGBTQ+. In 2021 the company organised its first ever virtual pride event titled ‘PrideON’ to educate and celebrate the progress made on LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion in the workplace.

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