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Burberry has announced a new global parental leave policy in which all employees are granted 18 weeks of parental leave at full pay and the opportunity to work a 30-hour week at full pay for a further four weeks on their return, effective 1 April, 2020.
The policy is applicable for all employees globally who have worked at the company for at least 12 months.
“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,” said Erica Bourne, chief people officer at Burberry.
“We’re proud to have an inclusive culture and now a policy which equalises 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.”
The luxury fashion house has the highest proportion of women in executive team and direct report positions in the FTSE100, while women make up two thirds of Burberry’s workforce globally.