At Schneider Electric, our mission is to ensure Life is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. I am happy to announce that our new Global Family Leave policy aims to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion which is an integral part of who we are as a company. Our ambition is to provide equal opportunities to everyone, everywhere, and to ensure that all our employees feel uniquely valued.
There is absolutely no question that our success as a company stems from our ability to harness the diversity of ideas, thoughts, and experiences of our 144,000+ global workforce for greater engagement, performance, and innovation. We want to empower each of our employees to manage their unique work and life.
What defines family, life, and work for our people is changing every day and we want to embrace these changes to be more inclusive. That’s why we’ve rethought our approach to paid leave so that our employees can be present for life’s significant moments. With our new Global Family Leave policy, we make a commitment across all our countries of operation towards paid leave.
The policy sets global minimum standards while preserving country flexibility based on statutory and market needs for the following four areas:
- Primary Parental Leave — 12 weeks of paid leave for the primary parent (both natural birth and adoption)
- Secondary Parental Leave — 2 weeks of paid leave for the secondary parent (both natural birth and adoption)
- Care Leave — 1 week of fully paid leave for care of your immediate family that either needs elder care or care for serious health condition
- Bereavement — 1 week of paid bereavement leave owing to a death in the family
We believe that great people make Schneider a great company and we are proud to be the first in our industry to make a global family leave policy commitment to all our employees. We hope that other companies will follow this example.