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Celebrating parenthood

Our parental policy helps nurture the precious parent-child bond
Celebrating parenthood
Béatrice Guillaume-Grabisch  

By Béatrice Guillaume-Grabisch, Head of Group Human Resources and Business Services at Nestlé

We want our employees who become parents to know they have our full support – and to know that, when we say this, we mean it.

mother breastfeeding her baby

The first few weeks after you bring a new child into your home is a mix of joy and exhaustion, sleeplessness and excitement. Many are not always able to take time away from work to enjoy this milestone in their lives, missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bond with their child.

Of course, no two families’ experiences are the same. That is because today, more than ever, families are highly diverse. Our new parental support policy, which we have just announced, does not just acknowledge that point – it celebrates it.

For all families

For years, we have offered support for new mothers by offering paid maternity leave. We’ve challenged ourselves to do more.

So our new policy works for men and women, and puts in place minimum standards that will apply to all Nestlé organizations around the world.

father and child playing outside

The policy doesn’t discriminate. It’s gender neutral. It recognizes that parental roles are no longer solely defined along gender lines. Parents adopting or fostering can enjoy the same benefits as other families. Same-sex families, too.

Nestlé is strongly committed to the healthy development of infants – and has been devoted to that cause since its inception, more than 150 years ago. Our policy draws on this expertise. It reflects our belief that providing a child with a strong start gives them the best chance to thrive in the years that follow.

If you are going to be the primary caregiver, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, you’ll be offered 18 weeks of fully paid leave – that’s four weeks more than we used to offer to mothers under the old rules.

The secondary caregiver will be offered four weeks fully paid leave – a first for Nestlé and again offered to both men and to women, wherever they are in the world.

Cristina and her son Paul

The rollout of the new minimum global standards will begin in January 2020, and although we can’t promise we will get it done everywhere right away, we have pledged to finish the job by the end of 2022.

Redefining flexibility

Earlier this year we asked our employees what could Nestlé do to make their lives easier as working parents. Our new policy reflects many of the suggestions that we received during that exercise.

Some of them were on redefining flexible working arrangements and recognizing that parental responsibilities have changed and are still evolving.

Our new Nestlé Global Parental Support Policy will give all our employees the power to decide for themselves what works best in these full-on first few weeks upon the arrival of the new child.

Advancing diversity and inclusion

Dad reading with his son

Nestlé doesn’t just celebrate diversity and promote inclusion: It matches words with actions, creating a benchmark for the rest of the industry.

Becoming a parent is life-changing – our people should have the opportunity to embrace the whole experience knowing that we have their back.