Belfast Telegraph

Diageo gives all new parents 26 weeks leave on full pay

Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Drinks giant Diageo has confirmed that all parents within its Irish organisation, including fathers, will be offered 26 weeks paternity leave at full pay.

The company behind brands such as Guinness, Baileys, Smirnoff and Gordon's gin already announced the move for its UK employees last month.

Now it has extended the policy to its operation across Ireland.

The drinks firm's global parent, Diageo plc, has traditionally treated its operations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic on an all-island basis, with yesterday's announcement removing any ambiguity for workers here. Diageo's family leave policy grants 26 weeks fully paid parental leave to all employees, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or how people become parents, whether through birth, adoption or surrogacy.

It will become active in Ireland on July 1, the start of Diageo's financial year.

Chief HR officer Mairead Nayager said: "We are committed to creating a fully inclusive and diverse workforce and we strongly believe that businesses play a significant role in shaping the future of society.

"Global businesses like Diageo must make bold moves on policies and working environments to ensure the progress people deserve happens."

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Oliver Loomes, Diageo Ireland country director, added: "Our business has always had a strong record of being one of the best employers on the island of Ireland.

"This is a significant step and shows our commitment to leading the way with progressive policies by supporting gender equality in the workplace."

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