India Workplace Equality Index

India’s First comprehensive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT+) inclusion in the workplace

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Key Benefits of Taking Part

Assess your work

The Index will assess your work by asking a series of questions about things you might have done. We split the questions across different sections – employee policy, the employee life-cycle, staff network groups, allies and role models, senior leadership, monitoring, procurement, and customers, service users and clients.

We’ve developed our questions based on years of experience working with employers. Regardless of where you are on your inclusion journey, the Index can help guide your progress.

Understand your employees’ experiences

Understanding the lived experiences of your employees is crucial to inclusion. They should directly inform the change being made at your workplace.

The Index will give you insight into staff experiences through an anonymous survey. All you need to do is promote the survey to your employees and leave the rest to us.

Diversity Champions will receive a survey summary, showing employee opinions, attitudes and experiences. You’ll also be able to compare your organisation’s data to sector and regional averages.

Show your commitment

Entering the Index is a fantastic way to show your commitment to LGBT equality. It demonstrates that making your workplace, services and products LGBT inclusive is a priority.

Build an action plan

Employers benefit the most from the Index when they use it as a developmental framework. 

One feature of the Diversity Champion programme is feedback on your Index submission. Once we’ve reviewed your work, we’ll give you in-depth written and verbal feedback. We’ll also provide you with best practice examples and ways we can support you further.

Knowing what you’re doing well and where you can improve will help you develop a robust action plan.

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India Workplace Equality Index 2021

(Top Employers Award)


Employers who have successfully embedded LGBT+ inclusion in their policies, hiring practices, external communication, demonstrating a long-term and in-depth commitment towards LGBT+ inclusion

** 2 businesses from McKinsey & Company – McKinsey Global Services, India and McKinsey Kn, India, participated and has been recognized in Gold category


Employers who have made significant achievements in promoting LGBT+ inclusion at the workplace, demonstrating progress and impact over time.

** 1 anonymous submission


Employers who have started their journey to better LGBT+ inclusion at work by developing inclusive policies and initiating activities that promote LGBT+ inclusion for employees

** 2 anonymous submissions

India Workplace Equality Index 2021 – Key Stats


Organizations registered for IWEI 2021


Organizations achieved GOLD Award


Organizations achieved SILVER Award


Organizations achieved BRONZE Award

** 15 organisations did not meet the minimum threshold

India Workplace Equality Index 2021 Report

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India Workplace Equality Index 2020 Report

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Hear from the Winners


Silver Award Winner


Silver Award Winner


Bronze Award Winner

Being a part of the India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) 2020 was a fruitful and meaningful exercise for us as an organisation. The overall mechanism was devised in a way that brought out all aspects of LGBT+ Inclusion with the intent of doing a deep-dive on where we are and where we aspire to be. We are glad and honoured to be featured in the Index and will continue our bit in making this world a more equitable one for LGBT+ people.

Shilpa Sinha Harsh

Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Communications, CSR and D&I


At Mastercard, Inclusion and Diversity means more to us than bringing together people with different backgrounds. For us, it’s an understanding that when we create meaningful connections, inspire acceptance and cultivate a culture where we all belong, we are a better team—one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results. 

We are delighted to be a part of India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) 2020. The Index gave us a platform to showcase the work we are doing to support the LGBTQ+ community and promote inclusion in the workplace. It also gave us a view of the exemplary work driven by other organizations and institutions to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and allyship.  

We are extremely proud of this recognition and it encourages us to continue working towards building more and more programs and policies that are needed to address the issues faced by LGBTQ+ community today.

Priti Singh

Senior Vice President, People and Capability, South Asia


IWEI is a remarkable, one of a kind platform for organizations to evolve their DEI agenda and benchmark their LGBTQ initiatives at the workplace. The survey helped us look through our existing support structures with the lens of continuous evolution, and reflect on what we do well and what we can do better when benchmarking to other best in class workplaces.Being recognized for our existing culture through receiving the Gold certification is a proud moment for Bain and Company India; it provides us with the encouragement to continue our commitment to this critical agenda.

Sonali Misra

Vice President – Talent


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18 March 2021: Announcement of IWEI 2021 – Launch Webinar

6 May 2021: Registration/ Submission Opens for IWEI 2021

10 June 2021: Launch Webinar of IWEI 2021 – Part 2

31 July 2021: Submission Closes

23 November 2021: Report Launch & IWEI Top Employers Awards

24 November – 22 December 2021: Customized Feedback Report & Consultation


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Survey opens on May 6, 2021

Survey closes on July 31, 2021

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