20-day paternity leave, same-sex partner benefits offered at Unilever

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Posted at Aug 28 2018 04:22 PM

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Boxes of Closeup toothpaste are seen on the production line at the Unilever factory. Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters/File

MANILA -- Unilever said Tuesday it would offer a 20-day paid leave for fathers, healthcare benefits for same-sex partners and paid absences for adoptive parents in response to a diverse workforce.

"Diversity is an essential requirement in the today’s workforce, as it lends to new ideas, energies, and solutions," said Unilever Philippines chairman and CEO Benjie Yap.

Employees can avail of 20 days paid paternity leave, longer than the 7 days mandated by law, Unilever said in a statement.

Same-sex partners of employees can be enrolled as healthcare beneficiaries. They are also eligible for maternity and paternity leaves, the company said.

Adoptive parents can avail of paid leaves when adopting a child 6 months old or younger, Unilever said. It did not specify the maximum allowed paid absences.

"In acknowledging the different forms of unions and families, the company continues to explore ways and solutions to lead by example in the industry," the company said.