PARENTHOOD is one of life’s most important moments and the start of a life-long commitment. And while maternity leaves have been extended to help out mothers, the same could not be said for fathers. Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines aims to address this with Share the Care, a new industry-leading global parental leave program.
Under the new program, new fathers are now enabled to share and support in caregiving duties beyond the standard 7 days mandated by Philippine law. The Share The Care policy sets 8 weeks fully paid parental leave and offers all kinds of parents equal opportunity to care for and bond with biological or adopted children new to their family. Furthermore, the parental leave program applies to all employees who are welcoming new children to their families, regardless of gender or marital status.
Meanwhile, birth or adoptive mothers continue to receive the 105 calendar days of fully paid maternity leave.
“P&G values equality and inclusion in the workplace. We want to lead the change in perception around parental roles, such as the outdated stereotype that women should be the sole, full-time caregiver in the early stages of a child’s life. We believe that caring for home and family has no gender. Our bigger aspiration is to create a world free from bias, with equal voice and opportunity for all individuals,” says Raffy Fajardo, P&G Philippines General Manager.
The benefits of building equality into parental leave policy are far-reaching. Sharing the care has proven to have a positive impact on mothers, considering that when their spouse or partner also takes parental leave, partner involvement in childcare and housework increases, mothers return to work more easily, female employment is higher, and the earning gap is lower. When all parents have access to paid leave, it’s healthy for children and also builds equality in the workplace.
“P&G will continue to create a workplace where employees have space and support to be their unique selves and are given equal access and opportunity to succeed. Equality begins at home and P&G is helping make it a reality. By setting a higher standard in both policy and practice, P&G aims to normalize parental leave and positively impact not only individual families and the company, but society as a whole,” concludes Fajardo.