MAHWAH, NJ (March 30, 2021) Volvo Cars is opting in its 40,000+ employees around the globe, in all plants and offices, into a new gender neutral, paid parental leave policy as of April 1, 2021.
The ‘Family Bond’ policy will give all employees with at least one year’s service a total of 24 weeks of leave at 80 percent of their base pay by default. 1 The policy applies to either parent and the leave can be taken anytime within the three first years of parenthood.
“We want to create a culture that supports equal parenting for all genders,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “When parents are supported to balance the demands of work and family, it helps to close the gender gap and allows everyone to excel in their careers. We have always been a family-oriented and human-centric company. Through the Family Bond programme, we are demonstrating and living our values, which in turn will strengthen our brand.”
The global policy is more inclusive and supportive than many existing policies around the world, and includes all legally registered parents, including adoptive, permanent foster care and surrogate parents, as well as non-birth parents in same-sex couples. Some countries do not offer any paid leave to new parents, or exclude certain groups of parents – the latter is particularly true for…