Sony Pictures Networks India is one of the best companies for womenin India, in 2017
Mumbai, November17, 2017:
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), India’s leading entertainment and sports broadcast network, has been recognized amongst the 100 Best Companies for Women in India for 2017. This award is based on a prestigious study conducted by Working Mother - a global leader on gender equity- and AVTAR, a pioneer in diversity and inclusion in India. With women comprising 33% of its workforce, the company has undertaken various award-winning initiatives to create a work environment in which they can truly fulfil their potential. Grooming women leaders at various levels and building an equal-opportunity, inclusive culture have been some of the key focus areas for SPN. The network’s significant progress in this direction has been recognized in the study, making it the only media and entertainment company to be a part of this prestigious ranking this year.
The Working Mother and AVTAR Best Companies for Women in India is a one-of-its-kind study to identify, share, showcase and celebrate best practices from India’s best employers to foster women’s career advancement. The 2017 Working Mother & AVTAR 100 Best Companies for Women in India were chosen based on performance across7 key policy clusters namely, workforce profile, flexible work, women’s recruitment and retention, benefits, paid-time off/parental leave, company culture, safety and security.360 companies participated in the study, which is India’s largest and most rigorous gender analytics exercise.
Over its 22 years of existence, SPN has created a culture of high performance and engagement, with various human resources polices by the network being industry firsts. SPN was one of the first organizations in the country to extend maternity, adoption and surrogacy leave to 6 months,well before it became mandated by law. Pregnant women can also avail preferential parking on the office premises. The networkhas a special provision of a mothers’ room, where a new mother can pump and store milk for her baby, andnear-site crèche facilitiesfor employees to avail for their children. SPN also prioritizes women’s safety through practices like sensitizing all employees on prevention of sexual harassment (POSH), and training women employees on self-defense techniques. SPN allows its employees to strike a perfect work life balance with in-house activities like fitness challenges, an employee assistance program, healthy lifestyle workshops, desktop yogato boost employee motivation and productivity.
These are just a few of the many initiativesthathave contributed towards makingSPN an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN has won three prestigious employer awards in 2017 alone – AON India Best Employers, India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces (awarded by the Great Place To Work Institute to our distribution business for the third consecutive year), and being among the Top 10 Companies in India for Best Health & Wellness Practices (awarded by the Society of Human Resource Management and CGP Partners for the fourth consecutive year) - which are a testimony to the outstanding people practices undertaken by the network.
NP Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India:
“At SPN, we have an inclusive culturewhich delivers fulfilling career experiences and growth opportunities. It is a tribute to our organization’s culture that we are being recognised as among the top 100 companies for women in India.”
Smriti K. Singh, CHRO, Sony Pictures Networks India:
“Our people practices are designed to support women employees in the unique challenges they face while balancing and excelling at various roles in and outside the office. Being part of this list reinforces our standing as an employer of choice.”
About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels. It has many Indian and overseas subsidiaries including Sony Pictures Networks Distribution India Private Limited (India), MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited (India), MSM Discovery Private Limited (India), Taj Television (India) Private Limited (India), Aqua Holding Investments [Pvt.] Ltd. (Mauritius), and Bangla Entertainment Private Limited (India).
SPN comprises 31 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; LePlex HD showing critically-acclaimed Hollywood films; AXN and AXN HD, the action and adventure-oriented English entertainment channels; Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; ROX HD, a channel for contemporary Hindi music; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; Sports Network comprising 11 sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN GOLF HD; SonyLIV - the digital entertainment VOD platform, SPN Productions, the networks’ film production arm and Sony Pictures Networks Distribution Pvt Ltd. (SPND) that distributes the networks television channels across different genres and languages through multiple content delivery platforms. 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, and has been awarded the elite title of ‘Aon Best Employers India’ in the 2017 edition in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices. It has consistently ranked for the past four years amongst India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners, listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India in 2017 and adjudged India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces awarded by the Great Place To Work® Institute for our distribution business for the 2017 edition.
Sony Pictures Networks India is in its 23rd year of operations in India.