Starbucks is to enhance its parental leave policies for both store and non-store based employees in the US.
The changes, which will come into effect from 1 October 2017, will enable non-store based employees who are birth mothers to take up to 18 weeks of paid parental leave.
Non-birth parents, which includes fathers, foster parents and adoptive parents, who are not based in Starbucks stores will be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
For store-based staff, birth mothers will be able to take six weeks of fully-paid leave and 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave, while non-birth parents will be able to take 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave.
Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer at Starbucks, said: “While we have made substantial investments in our [employees], we want to continue to do more. This is one of many steps we are actively taking to evolve our benefits and create a partner experience that lives up to our aspirations.”