Unilever has been named one of the 35 companies on the first-ever Working Mother list of “Best Companies for Dads.” The list celebrates organizations that lead in the areas of paternity leave, phase-back programs, telecommuting opportunities, flexible schedules and more.
“We are so proud to make the list of Best Companies for Dads,” said Amanda Sourry, president of Unilever North America. “For a long time, discussions around benefits for working parents have centered around mothers, but fathers deserve the same support so that they can find balance between excelling in their careers and being present and involved parents. We know that when dads have the ability to be there for their families, everyone benefits. There is more work to be done in this area, and we will continue to step up to support both mothers and fathers at Unilever.”
Unilever’s family support for its U.S. employees includes paid parental leave for mothers and fathers, fertility support, adoption assistance, phase-back programs for new parents and back-up childcare options. Unilever’s work environment encourages flexible schedules, remote work and job shares. The company also offers a parent-centric employee resource group for networking and support for all parents at work.
Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother, said, “These trend-setting companies are helping erase the stigma attached to men taking off time to bond with their new babies and utilizing telecommuting opportunities or flexible schedules in order to be more involved on the home front. Not only does this help dads, it helps moms succeed both at home and at work and puts them on more equal footing.”
Support for dads is a focus area for Unilever, and its Dove Men+Care brand has been leading the charge. This past Father’s Day, the brand launched a global campaign—#DearFutureDads—that champions paternity leave. The campaign sets out to challenge restrictive stereotypes and improve policies through corporate collaboration, partnership and a council of leaders in the industry.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of beauty and personal care, home care, and foods and refreshment products with sales in more than 190 countries.