Burberry has introduced a new policy that assures employees around the world at least 18 weeks of parental leave when they have a baby or adopt a child. Upon their return to work, employees will also be given the opportunity to work a 30-hour week at full pay for a further four weeks.
The new policy which is above the obligatory levels in all the countries where Burberry operates, will take effect from 1 April 2020 and will apply to those who have been with the company for at least 12 months. The fashion retailer said the policy “creates a consistent approach for all employees globally”, and builds on “existing maternity, paternity, adoption and partner leave commitments.”
The move equalizes all paternity, maternity, adoption and partner leave in Burberry’s stores and offices around the world, creating a simple structure for staff.
Erica Bourne, Burberry chief people officer, said in a statement “Creating an environment that is truly open and inclusive is incredibly important to us at Burberry. We want everyone to have the best possible experience and feel supported to succeed, especially during times of change in life. We believe our new parental leave policy, which is leading in the luxury industry, will make a significant difference to many of our colleagues around the world.”
“We’re proud to have an inclusive culture and now a policy which equalizes our approach in all markets, enabling new parents to take time with their families and phase their return to work. It reflects our commitment to building a strong pipeline of talent, so that all colleagues are supported to develop their careers here at Burberry.” She added.
The announcement comes after FTSE 250 companies faced calls to publish their parental leave policies after Mumsnet research revealed that only 15 out of the 250 listed companies – or five per cent – tell job hunters what they can expect if they give birth. FTSE 100 companies, which include Burberry, have fared better, with 23 per cent publishing their policies.
This is for sure great news for mothers around the world as news like this will encourage other global and local brands to reconsider limited maternal / parental leave policies that leave families across the world in a fix as they welcome their most precious additions.
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