Diageo rolls out ambitious family leave policy

Working mums and dads globally can now enjoy longer, fully paid leave benefit

Diageo rolls out ambitious family leave policy

Diageo is globally rolling out an ambitious new family leave policy.

The multi-national beverages company is offering employees in all markets a minimum of 26 weeks’ paid maternity leave.

They are also setting a global minimum standard of four weeks paternity leave on full rate of pay in all markets. Also, a significant number of Diageo’s businesses are moving to 26 weeks’ fully paid paternity leave, including their office in Singapore.

“We are committed to creating a fully inclusive and diverse workforce and we strongly believe that businesses play a significant role in shaping the future of society,” said Mairéad Nayager, CHRO at Diageo. “Global businesses like Diageo must make bold moves on policies and the environments in which their employees work to ensure that the progress people deserve happens.”

The benefit is applicable to employees across its business. Diageo hopes the policy will support employees to focus on the joy of raising a young family, while continuing to thrive at work.

It also ensures women and men are supported to have time with their new baby regardless of where they live and work.

The new policy will go live in most countries at the start of Diageo’s new financial year, from July 1 this year, with further countries implementing the policy over the course of the year.

Diageo’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse working environment has been recognised by the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index in 2019.

In 2018 Diageo was named by Thomson Reuters as the 4th most inclusive and diverse company in the world. In fact, women make up 40% of their executive committee and 44% of their board.

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