Parenting just got a little easier for eligible employees at Frucor Suntory with the introduction of 13 weeks of equal paid parental leave (PPL) on top of their statutory parental leave entitlements.

The company is the first ANZ beverages company to introduce this initiative and aims to recognise the important roles all parents play within a working family.

The scheme also removes the gendered terms of “primary” and “secondary” carer, and offers 13 weeks of PPL to every new parent while recognising all parenting arrangements including adoption, surrogacy and birth loss.

Currently, more than 30 new parents have taken advantage of the policy since it was introduced earlier this year.

 Frucor Suntory CEO, Darren Fullerton says the new policy is a fresh and progressive approach that celebrates a moment in life that really matters.

“A large portion of our workforce have families or are planning for them, so it made sense to rethink the impact of supporting our people who are ‘working parents’.

“As any parent will tell you, starting or growing a family is a significant moment that matters. Now, both parents can embrace the new challenge of parenthood with the support of an equal-gender policy.

“I believe this is an important step towards more gender-equality in the workplace, and in the home,” he says.

The policy includes paid ‘keep in touch’ and transition back to work-days, plus a commitment to offer on-going flexible working arrangements to support employees as they adjust to becoming either a working parent or to the new addition they have in their family.