To mark International Women’s Day, Nestle Middle East has announced that it will give women 14 weeks of maternity leave and the right to extend the leave up to six months.
Additionally, the policy includes flexible working arrangement and guaranteed access to breastfeeding rooms during working hours in all offices and locations, including factories. The rooms will include ‘comfort packs’ including information on breastfeeding as well as a breast pump allowance that will be provided to new mothers.
“We entrench gender balance in the workplace to promote diversity and the inclusion of expertise and insight from men and women of all generations,” said Christine Geary, Human Resources Director at Nestlé Middle East. “This policy will help us better support mothers and their families across the region, and reinforces our support for exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life.”
According to the company, gender balance is one of the key aspects of its diversity and inclusion initiatives, which are designed to ensure employees of all ages and genders have equal opportunities to advance their careers.
“For us the equation is simple: We need the talents of younger and older men and women of all backgrounds, who can really thrive in work environments that allow them to best manage their personal lives,” said Geary.
Among Nestle’s other initiatives include allowing employees who plan to deliver abroad to work from any Nestle office in the region or remotely, for one month for both the father and the mother prior to maternity or paternity leave.
The percentage of women in total managerial positions in the region at Nestle in the Middle East has risen from 16 percent in 2011 to 24 percent at the end of 2017. In addition, today five women are part of the senior leadership team at the company.
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