Burberry introduces 18-week global parental leave policy

Burberry introduces 18-week global parental leave policy

Burberry is introducing a new global parental leave policy that offers
all its employees 18-weeks of parental leave at full pay.

The policy, which takes effect 1 April 2020 and is eligible for those
who have worked at the company for over a year, also offers employees the
opportunity to work a 30-hour week at full pay for a further four weeks on
their return.

Erica Bourne, chief people officer, said in a statement: “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

Similarly, French luxury conglomerate Kering announced plans in September to extend its 14-week
leave to men and partners in a move to promote equality in
its business.

A report published this week by parenting website Mumsnet found that
only 15 companies in the FTSE 250 informed job hunters about how much paid
leave they could expect at their company and with how much pay.

Bourne added: “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.”

Photo credit: Burberry, Facebook


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