Diageo rolls out global parental leave revamp

British-based drinks maker Diageo Plc on Thursday unveiled its new global parental leave, offering several regional businesses at a minimum 26-weeks fully paid leave to both parents.

The parent company of Guinness Nigeria is offering all female employees in all markets at least 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, and has committed to offering four weeks of fully paid paternity leave worldwide.

In North America, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Venezuela and Australia, among others, Diageo will move to offer fathers 26 weeks paid in full.

The global initiative follows Daigeo’s announcement of 52-weeks of parental leave for all UK employees, with the first 26 weeks paid in full and both parents retaining benefits and bonuses.

The UK policy is available to all employees regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or whether they become parents biologically, via surrogacy or adoption.

Mairéad Nayager, chief HR officer at Diageo, said: “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.

“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.”

According to the company, the new parental leave policy will be effective in the majority of countries from 1 July 2019, with further markets joining the policy later this year.

Country-specific details will be released in due course as they are subject to local legal, board and regulatory requirements.

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