Alcoholic drinks main Diageo India on Monday stated it’s offering its workers a 26-week parental go away, comprising all advantages and bonuses, no matter gender or sexual orientation beneath its household go away coverage.

The coverage is a part of the corporate’s dedication to construct a various and inclusive office tradition and likewise to fulfil its ambition of supporting gender equality, Diageo India stated in a press release.

“Effective July 30, 2021, this policy is applicable to all new parents, and can be availed by new fathers anytime within 12 months of the birth/adoption of the child, thereby allowing the mother to better manage her career as well as other priorities,” the corporate added.

This coverage takes into consideration surrogacy, adoption, and organic conception. It goals to remove any perceived hurdles to profession development, it stated.

Diageo India Chief Human Resources Officer Aarif Aziz stated,”With the introduction of this policy, we recognise that all employees, regardless of gender or sexual orientation deserve an equal opportunity to avail of paid parental leave to cherish time with their new family.”

Aziz additional stated,”We believe that this will pave the way to greater equality, and talent is retained and nurtured. We take immense pride in being one of the few companies in India to introduce such a policy, and hope it soon becomes an industry norm.”

Already, Diageo India stated it provides “26-weeks maternity leave, flexible working hours, creche allowance, maternity, and surrogacy coverage, up to 10-weeks leave in the unfortunate event of miscarriage, and many more benefits”.

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