Henkel introduces fully paid gender-neutral parental leave
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Henkel introduces fully paid gender-neutral parental leave

Henkel will become the first German DAX40 company to offer its employees worldwide eight weeks of fully paid parental leave

  • By ICN Bureau | January 17, 2024

Starting in 2024, Henkel will implement a new gender-neutral parental leave standard for its about 50,000 employees worldwide. The company will offer parents up to eight weeks of fully paid parental leave, based on the caregiver role, rather than their gender or biological parent status. This demonstrates a firm commitment to equity, promoting equal parenting and childcare for all parents, including adoptive, foster, surrogacy, and LGBTQ+ parents.

“Henkel will become the first German DAX40 company to offer its employees worldwide eight weeks of fully paid parental leave,” says Carsten Knobel, CEO of Henkel. “This initiative sends a strong signal to all our employees and underscores our unwavering commitment to fostering a more inclusive culture and more gender equity.”

Sylvie Nicol, Executive Vice President Human Resources, Infrastructure and Sustainability, adds: “Through this initiative, we want to support parents and challenge traditional gender roles, enabling everyone to participate equally in childcare. However, addressing this inequality is not the sole objective of our new global standard. It also positions us to meet the expectations of the future workforce.”

After the implementation in 2024, Henkel employees in approximately 80 countries will have the opportunity to take paid time off work to care for and bond with a new child. With this new approach, the company demonstrates a firm commitment to its diversity, equity, and inclusion ambitions by taking tangible actions to promote equal access to opportunities consistently around the world.


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