Harrisons Malayalam and CEAT have been bestowed with the Great Place to Work title yet again. In the survey conducted jointly by the Economic Times and the Great Place to Work (GPTW) Institute, HML ranked 17th, while CEAT has been placed 27th among India’s top 100 companies in the list.
This award is a testament to our people-first approach, and our commitment to build a contemporary, equitable and happy workplace for our employees.
We take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of all the RPGians who have supported the Group in achieving our purpose of Happiness at work. Congratulations to the HML and CEAT teams on this prestigious win!
The RPG Group continues to strive to build an inclusive and equitable workplace. The Group has championed several initiatives, with a focus on providing employment opportunities, especially for women.
In the past, CEAT and Zensar have launched programmes that offer internships and job opportunities to women returning to work after a break. HML continues to boast of a diverse workforce at its tea plantations; over 50% of its associates are women.
CEAT, which operates several exclusive women-run Shoppes, has taken up a steely target of onboarding 30% women associates at its Chennai plant, as well. It recently hired an all-women batch of 23 engineering trainees for the plant.
Meanwhile, Raychem RPG has taken on board an all-women batch of 50 operators to work the night shift at its Chakan plant, a first for the company!
It is heartening to see this idea taking shape right at the grassroots and across the Group, signalling that the D&I mission at RPG is now well on its way to become an integral part of its culture.
In recent years, the effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources, among other environmental issues, have begun to pose an increasing threat to the security of future generations.
As responsible corporate citizens, CEAT, KEC, and Raychem RPG, in partnership with the RPG Foundation, have launched a unique volunteering initiative titled, ‘Seed Ball Making’.
Launched by CEAT on the occasion of World Environment Day, and at KEC under the umbrella of its flagship CSR programme, Project Hariyali, this unique initiative aims to promote sustainability by increasing green cover through large-scale tree plantation, and creating awareness of this pressing problem.
The initiative has had enthusiastic participation from over 1,300 volunteers from the three companies, across their plant locations. CEAT, KEC, and Raychem RPG have targeted to make 15,000 to 20,000 seed balls of assorted plants and soil, and disperse them in and around their respective plant locations to help grow the green cover and vegetation in those areas.
This Pride month, Zensar demonstrated that the best people-oriented practices cannot be achieved by policies alone, but with the active participation of the organisation’s core strength – its people.
Last year, the Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Excellence helmed the conception of PRISM, Zensar’s exclusive Ally group that strives to foster a safer and inclusive workplace. In 2022, this intent was further strengthened under the campaign #AllyWithPride.
A key highlight this year was the Bring Your Own Bias (BYOB) initiative, where associates were encouraged to come forward with their own biases (from society, family or their personal experiences) instead of the D&I folks suggesting those with solutions.
These biases are now being addressed with the help of external and internal subject matter experts. The conversations emanating from this campaign will continue all year long, with the hope that this collective Ally-ship, to decry prejudices extending well beyond the workplace and beyond the duration of Pride month.
This discourse will also help create an evidence-based portrait of Zensar’s people-centric legacy and make it more relevant and meaningful for its associates.