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Shell offers extended parental leave to fathers and non-birthing parents

Shell has extended its parental leave to eight weeks for fathers and non-birthing parents

The oil firm said it believes that no matter who you are or how you become a parent, a person deserves support during one of the most important moments in a person’s life.

Ronan Cassidy, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer said every parent should be able to spend time with their new child.

He said: “Every parent, no matter where they live, should be able to spend time with their new child. And that is true for all families. No matter if your child was born via surrogacy or adopted, or whether you are married or not, or from the LGBT+ community, it’s an important and special time and we want to support you.”

Ronan said he felt welcoming a child into the family is a big moment in every parent’s life.

He said: “It can be an exciting and fulfilling time – and also a tiring one. We believe that no matter who you are or how you became a parent, you deserve support at this important time. That’s why we offer a global minimum of eight weeks of paid leave to all non-birthing parents at Shell (subject to any local restrictions). That includes new dads and parents welcoming a child through surrogacy or adoption, including LGBT+ employees.”

The company has said parental leave for non-birthing parents applies regardless of gender, gender identity, and marital status. And eight weeks of paid leave is a global minimum – in some countries, Shell offers longer paid parental leave.

The leave is open to those who have been through surrogacy and adoption to become parents.

A Shell statement said: “By making it easier to take part in active caregiving, we are helping our employees decide for themselves how best to welcome a new member of their family.”

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