Volvo announces equal parental leave pilot

Volvo has launched a pilot gender neutral parental leave programme in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.



Swedish car maker Volvo has launched a pilot gender-neutral parental leave policy for all its sales people in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Volvo will offer both male and female sales company employees six months leave at 80 per cent pay.

Volvo says it is a first for the car industry and is inspired by national parental leave legislation in Sweden.  It may lead to a global roll-out to all Volvo employees.

The policy is also open to same-sex parents and parents of adopted children.

“We need to be a truly attractive employer to be able to deliver on our ambitious growth plans,” said Hanna Fager, head of People Experience (HR). “Attracting and retaining the best people is crucial and we know that skilled talents will be more selective in their choice of employer. The winners in this battle for talent will be companies that value diversity, modern and flexible working practices, and employee well-being.”

Volvo is the latest of a growing number of employers offering gender neutral parental leave policies, including Diageo and Aviva.

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