Global food company, General Mills UK & Ireland, has announced a paternally focused change to its current parental leave policy.
With effect from the start of the month, employees will be offered three months of fully paid paternity leave will be offered to be used within the first year.
As a result, the new policy will benefit those parents that do not wish to share their parental leave and will allow them to spend their leave together.
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Through its enhanced policy, the company aims to “ensure that new fathers feel not only that they have permission to spend time away from work with their children, but that they are actively encouraged to do so.”
“Our employees are our biggest asset here at General Mills. Without a doubt, they are the beating heart of our business, and our support for them must reflect the value they add to us,” General Mills managing director Ben Pearman said.
“To show our appreciation of their commitment to us, we want to ensure that we can create a more inclusive environment to properly support them during important life events. As we continue breaking the bias, this support will be provided regardless of gender, type of relationship, type of parentship or indeed any other potentially defining characteristic.
“We are focused on continuing down the path to establish a more inclusive climate and we trust that these progressions will keep on driving our desire to be the most comprehensively supportive business in our industry.”