Nestlé launches gender-neutral parental policy

Nestlé employees worldwide are set to benefit from a new gender-neutral parental support policy which it will begin implementing in 2020.

Primary caregivers will be entitled to an additional four weeks of fully paid parental leave, extending the period from 14 weeks to 18 weeks, while secondary caregivers will now have a minimum of four weeks

The new policy aims to provide flexible options with minimum standards and without limits in place, meaning in some instances more leave could be offered and longer parental leave will be offered if local laws require it.

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said the new policy is about providing an options for all families.

“Every family is unique, so we have designed a parental support policy that is flexible enough to work for us all. Supporting the healthy development of infants has been a core value of our company since our founding. Our new parental support policy is an important part of our efforts to provide children with the best start in life, by allowing parents to spend more time with their new child,” Schneider said.

The policy also covers employment protection, non-discrimination, health protection, breastfeeding support and flexible working options.

“We want to make Nestlé an even more inclusive and inspiring place to work. This is a policy that will benefit every one of our people when they welcome a new child to their family, wherever they are in the world,”
Nestlé head of group human resources Béatrice Guillaume-Grabisch said.

The global rollout of the policy is set to be completed by the end of 2022.

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