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Diageo rolls out global maternity and paternity leave policy

 May 28, 2019

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Progressive employer, Diageo, is rolling out globally an ambitious maternity and paternity leave policy as part of its work to create a fully inclusive and diverse workforce.

Helping employees focus on the joy of raising a family

Diageo offers a global minimum of 26 weeks fully paid maternity leave and sets global minimum standard for fully paid paternity leave.

Diageo hopes the policy will support employees to focus on the joy of raising a young family, while continuing to thrive at work, and make sure women and men are supported to have time with their new baby regardless of where they live and work.

Setting a global minimum for maternity and paternity leave

The new global policy offers female employees in all markets a minimum of 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leave.

Diageo is also setting a global minimum standard of four weeks paternity leave on full rate of pay in all markets, with a significant number of Diageo’s businesses moving to 26 weeks fully paid paternity leave including North America, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Venezuela, and Australia amongst others.

Diageo’s benefits for fathers are now much better than those offered by many other companies. Some employers also pay mothers nothing or less than their full rate of pay during maternity leave.

The news follows the announcement that all parents employed by Diageo in the UK are now eligible for the same fully-paid 26 weeks, retaining benefits and bonuses regardless of gender.

Recognised for creating an inclusive and diverse workforce

Diageo Mairead Nayager

Diageo’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse working environment has been recognised by the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Diageo was also named by Thomson Reuters as the 4th most inclusive and diverse company in the world. 

“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,” says Mairéad Nayager, Chief HR Officer 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.”

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