Best companies for women in India: Working Mother and AVTAR study

Working Mother & AVTAR respects the intent on gender inclusion that every participant company exhibits.


Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India is a unique study that has a 33-year old legacy in the United States under the aegis of Working Mother, a celebrated gender parity champion of the US. The Indian edition of the listing, which was launched jointly by AVTAR (Diversity & Inclusion Consulting pioneer in India) and Working Mother, follows the ethos of the study as established over the three decades. The Study, over the last thirty-three years in the United States, has only done alphabetical listing. And therefore, the Working Mother & AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) study is strictly an A – Z alphabetical listing.

The public listing is strictly alphabetical in nature to ensure zero negative corporate reputation. Working Mother & AVTAR respects the intent on gender inclusion that every participant company exhibits. It is this intent and commitment to the cause of gender inclusion & diversity that is assessed through the BCWI Framework. It is for this reason that the BCWI study unlike other popular listings of companies DOES NOT INVOLVE ANY PERCEPTUAL EMPLOYEE FEEDBACK. The assessment methodology is as follows:

·The assessment is strictly based on an applicant company’s robust policy framework towards women’s career enablement which is recorded and sought in an application form spanning 400+ policy specific, data oriented questions.

· Every participant company submits only one single application form.

· Every application is scored on policy impact on seven key policy clusters namely Workforce Profile, Women’s   Recruitment, Retention & Advancement, Flexible Work, Safety & Security, Parental Leave, Benefits & Work-Life   Programs & Company Culture & Management Accountability.

·The applications are ordered based on their cumulative scores to choose the 100 Best.

· The 100 Best Companies are then named and listed alphabetically in the public domain.

· To Honour the exemplary performers, the Top 10 (within the 100 Best) are also listed alphabetically.

· At no point of time are individual ranks or scores made public or released in any media platform.

“Beyond listing and honouring companies, the vision of BCWI is to ensure equitable growth for companies that are intent on gender inclusion. With the socio-economic-business case for improving women’s workforce participation in India being established strongly, BCWI is an effective aid to help companies curate their diversity strategy and move towards the collective goal of gender balance. The study aims to identify, share, showcase and celebrate the best practices towards women’s career enablement to ensure inclusive and equitable growth. The BCWI Study is a rigorous exercise, both for the participating companies and for our team here at AVTAR, where we capture the data not only on every policy related to attraction, retention and advancement of women, but also how far these policies are put to practice. In recognising this sincere effort by the companies, it is only fair to list them in a bias-free manner and thus we stick to the tradition of listing the companies alphabetically. It will always remain so in the future also.” Says Dr. Saundarya Rajesh, Founder-President, AVTAR Group. 

2018 Working Mother & AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India: The List 

The 2018 Working Mother & AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India study report also revealed the 100 Best Companies for Women in India list. This is, strictly, an alphabetical list and is NOT RANKED. The 2018 Top 10 Best Companies for Women in India are listed below (in alphabetical order):

· Accenture Solutions Private Limited

·ADP Private Limited

·Barclays Global Service Centre Pvt. Ltd.

·Deloitte in India


·IBM India Pvt Ltd

·Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd

·Tata Consultancy Services

·Tech Mahindra

·Verizon Data Services India Pvt. Ltd

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