EMPLOYMENT Godrej & Boyce is an equal opportunity employer and endeavours to attract and retain the best talent regardless of an applicant's race, colour, religion, gender, age, nationality, disability, marital status, or any other status protected by law. Its process focuses on ensuring fair and impartial dealing throughout the hiring cycle. The Company continues to build its talent pipeline by hiring from internal and external sources. Employee referrals are another strong source in recruiting talent and extending commitment and belief in its employer brand value. The Company advocates gender equality and strives to achieve a balance in its workforce. To ensure equal opportunity is provided to all aspiring candidates, a proactive attempt is made to send resumes of female candidates in proportion to the pool to line manager for every open position. The Company employs female workmen at shop-floor with no discrimination with regards to working conditions and payment of wages. Also, the Company contributes to increase in skilled employability for our businesses and the industry by hiring technically qualified GETs/DETs as per the Apprenticeship Act and giving them hands-on exposure. Country’s best engineering, graduate and business school students begin their careers at G&B and rise to spearhead leadership positions. Much of this can be attributed to living and espousing the Company’s values, employee-friendly policies and practices and nurturing a culture of shared vision and commitment. Godrej & Boyce provides a conducive work environment for employees to realize their potential and contribute to its growth. The strong commitment of employees enables the Company to overcome challenging business and economic situations and emerge stronger. The Company strongly believes and nurtures the culture of innovation, performance, collaboration, transparency and openness. The Company has put in place various communication and feedback seeking forums. The Company regularly reviews, and updates HR policies based on feedback received in various communication forums and based on benchmark data of best practices from across the industry. HR policies are communicated to all employees each time there is an update and to all new employees at the time of induction. G&B strives towards maintaining healthy employee relations and provide its employees with opportunities to learn new skills and capabilities for their professional development and growth. A six-monthly training calendar is developed twice each year based on the outcome of the training needs identified. Apart from basic technical and functional training, enhancement of functional skills is done through on job training (OJT). Employees are provided a platform for growth opportunities, encouraging internal movements for enhancing individual & organisational effectiveness. The Company also ensures that there is no discrimination against any employee on grounds of race, colour, religion, caste, gender, age, marital status, disability, nationality or any other factors under applicable laws and contemporary practices at the workplace. Recruitment, promotion, transfer, compensation, training and other benefits are based on the merit and competency of the individual and the business needs of the Company. Occupational health and safety is of vital importance for the Company. G&B has developed a robust safety culture across the organisation. Over the years, the Company has strengthened safety practices by introducing several company-wide initiatives. G&B’s values of integrity, trust, to serve and respect the environment also demonstrate the importance the management places on human rights and the collective bargaining process. Its mission statement ‘Enriching quality of life every day and everywhere’ is also an embodiment of the said values. 59 NON-DISCRIMINATION The Company is committed to providing a work environment that fosters professional growth and provides equal opportunities for all. The Company also ensures that there is no discrimination against any employee on grounds of race, colour, religion, caste, gender, age, marital status, disability, nationality or any other factors under applicable laws and contemporary practices at the workplace. Recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, training and other benefits are based on the merit and competency of the individual and the business needs of the Company. There were no incidents of discrimination reported during the reporting period. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING The Company follows the law of the land and allows freedom of association for workmen, which is a fundamental right guaranteed by India’s constitution. It also allows workmen to bargain collectively for compensation and various benefits given to them. Compensation and benefits given to workmen are driven by the wage settlement, arrived at through a collective bargaining process involving recognised unions. The human rights practices of the Company assure right to freedom of association and recognise workmen rights to bargain collectively. The Company has recognized workmen associations or union at its manufacturing facilities in Vikhroli, Mohali, Shirwal and Shindewadi. the reporting period.