Kering enhances paid paternity and partner leave for employees worldwide


Global luxury goods organisation Kering has enhanced its paid paternity and partner leave, offering all new fathers and partners up to 14 weeks of fully paid leave.

Effective from 1 January 2020, the improved paternity and partner leave has been amended to match the organisation’s enhanced maternity policy; all new parents employed at Kering will be able to take up to 14 weeks of parental leave at full pay, regardless of gender, in the six months following their child’s birth or adoption.

The organisation first implemented its parental leave policies in January 2017, providing up to 14 weeks of fully paid maternity and adoption leave and up to five days of paternity and partner leave, also at full pay.

Kering has enhanced its paternity and partner leave in order to improve employees’ work-life balance, as well as to promote workplace equality; 63% of the organisation’s workforce is female.

The family-friendly policies are applicable for all of Kering’s 35,000 employees, regardless of geographic location or personal circumstances.

Beatrice Lazat (pictured), chief people officer at Kering, said: “We are fully committed to diversity and equality for our people, and baby leave is a new and important step forward to levelling the playing field.

“With this policy, we are proud to support every new parent, whatever their personal circumstances and wherever they live. By harmonising these benefits for fathers and partners, not only are we giving everyone the same rights, with both parents now being entitled to the same parenting time at home, but we are also supporting women in their career, given that men and women are now equally likely to take extended leave.

“Our purpose is simple; to build a supportive and inclusive working environment for our employees around the globe. We want Kering to be an employer of choice.”