Statement: All businesses should publish their parental leave policies to be employers of choice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Thursday, 27 September 2018

Chloe Chambraud, gender equality director at Business in the Community responds to Jo Swinson, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats announcing ten major employers committing to publishing their parental leave and pay policies.

All businesses should publish their parental leave policies to be employers of choice

  • Ten major employers commit to publishing their policies
  • Equal Lives research found over half of men want to be more involved in childcare
  • Only 37% of men have discussed their caring responsibilities with their line managers

Today (27 September 2018), the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has announced ten major employers who have committed to publishing their parental leave and pay policies. The organisations include nine members of Business in the Community’s (BITC) gender equality campaign.

Chloe Chambraud, gender equality director at Business in the Community, said:
 
“Publishing parental leave and pay policies can be a daunting step for employers, but it is vital in order to position themselves as an employer of choice. By being open and transparent about their parental leave and pay policies, these organisations have demonstrated their commitment to tackling gender inequality. This policy will allow new and future parents to make more informed choices about who they work for, and also has the potential to reduce bias and discrimination."


“However, employers must also create a culture where employees feel confident discussing their family responsibilities at work. Our recent Equal Lives research, in partnership with Santander UK, showed that over half of men wanted to be more involved in caring, but only 37% had discussed their caring responsibilities with their line managers. Businesses therefore have a key role to play in ensuring all their employees – male and female - are informed about the opportunities available to them and receive the support they need to successfully balance their careers with caring responsibilities.” 
 
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Media Contact
Laura Cooney, PR & communications officer, Business in the Community, Tel: 020 7566 8653, Mobile: 07946 560 490, Email: laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk 
 
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
 
We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network. www.bitc.org.uk 

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