In recognition of the pivotal role fathers play in the family, Red Stripe has implemented a paternity leave policy that offers fathers four weeks of paid leave.
Judon Bowden, head of human resources at Red Stripe, said the move represents Red Stripe’s commitment to supporting employees in a holistic way and falls within the company’s CareForPeople agenda.
“At Red Stripe, our people are the heart of everything we do. Their dedication drives our success, and in return, we prioritise their well-being, supporting them in building strong foundations for themselves and their families,” said Bowden.
Red Stripe’s paternity leave policy states that fathers-to-be, who have completed at least one year at the company, are eligible for four weeks or 20 days of paid leave upon the arrival of a child, whether through birth, adoption, or surrogacy.
Since its implementation, Bowden said the policy has garnered positive feedback, marking a progressive stride toward equity and inclusivity.
“While we aren’t the pioneers of this policy, as we clarified to our employees, our policy stands out due to its high flexibility. Unlike mothers who often return to work after three months, our fathers can choose when to utilise this leave, whether immediately after birth, or upon the mother’s return. We didn’t just create a policy for the sake of it; we ensured its ease of use. We hope it enables our male employees to actively participate in parenting, fostering a balanced and equitable approach to family responsibilities,” he explained.
Bowden added that moving forward, the company will enhance its CareForPeople programme, strengthen engagement strategies, cultivate a more engaged organisational culture, enrich development programmes for employees and their children, and review pension arrangements to ensure gender equity.
The Government announced that effective January 1, 2023, biological fathers of newborns, and newly adoptive parents within the public sector are entitled to 20 working days’ paternity and adoption leave with pay. This move prompted members of the private sector to implement similar policies.