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12 November 2019
India: Starbucks announces it has achieved gender pay equity and will continue to raise the female employee participation rate
On 05 November 2019, Tata Starbucks, a 50/50 joint-venture between Tata Global Beverages and the Californian Starbucks company announced in a statement (here in English) that its female participation rate had risen by 15 percentage points and that it had achieved its gender pay equity objective. Although female labor participation rates are falling in India, at Tata Starbucks, ‘women now make up 29 percent of its workforce (Ed. note: this percentage was 14% in 2014), a key gender diversity milestone toward its...
8 November 2019
Vodafone introduces parental leave of four months with 100% pay for second parents
Under a new policy introduced by the UK telecommunications giant, male and female employees whose partner has a baby, adopts a child or becomes a parent through surrogacy will be entitled to 16 weeks of paid leave with full pay following the child’s arrival. Effective from next year in some countries, this global policy – which is identical to that already introduced for mothers – will gradually be rolled out by Vodafone across 24 countries by 2021.
6 November 2019
PSA: “HR divisions have to hold a strategic position in order to create real conditions for success,” Xavier Chéreau, Group HR head
HR divisions able to pilot transformation processes: it is with this ambition in mind that Xavier Chéreau has positioned the French automaker’s HR function as a strategic partner in driving transformation change. In an interview with Planet Labor, the HR head explains how and where the division should position itself as a strategic business partner and become entrusted with the...
5 November 2019
Japan : Microsoft 4-day working week trial to promote ‘life choices at work’ and speed up changing attitudes
Over the course of August 2019, the 2,300 staff at Microsoft’s Japanese headquarters tried out working on a 4-day per week basis, when they worked for four consecutive days and did not work on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays (Microsoft statement here – in Japanese). The trial run was part of the company’s ‘summer challenge’, aimed at improving work-life balance, and that included funding support depending on how workers invested in their free time activities. For instance, funding was available for those...
24 October 2019
Germany : Trumpf launches a training project where digital ‘multipliers’ support SMEs to meet the challenges of digital transformation
With funding from the Baden-Wurtemberg Economic Ministry, and created by German company Trumpf, one of the global leaders in industrial laser manufacturing, F4DIA (Fit for digitized world of work) is a project designed to train ‘digital revolution’ ‘multipliers’ so as to support SMEs as they face the complex digital transformation process that is occurring in the world of work,...
23 October 2019
Great Britain : 30 major businesses commit to mental health
Thirty employers including banking names Santander Bank, Barclays Bank and Lloyds Banking Group, the Royal Mail, multinationals such as Unilever, and the advisory firm Deloitte have promised to recognize the importance of mental health at work and have signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment. This landmark agreement includes six core commitments stemming and formulated from the 2017 UK Government commissioned report, Thriving at Work (c.f. article No. 10928). The first commitment is to prioritize mental health...
22 October 2019
United States : Intel chooses the transparency route and will release employee pay data broken down by race and gender
After a Bloomberg report on 17 October (here), Intel Corp has said that later this year it will publicly release the employee pay data that it sends to the US authorities, which is broken down by race and gender. Longtime a target of criticism, in 2018 Intel announced not only had it achieved its goal of raising minority ethnic representation levels within its workforce, but that it had done so two years ahead of time. The group also announced it was bolstering its female employee retention programs (via mentoring...
21 October 2019
Work-life balance and professional equality : two new indexes
New indexes concerning professional equality and work-life balance are now accessible. On 11 October, the European Institute for Gender Equality published its 2019 index on gender equality and work-life balance across the European Union, meanwhile the OECD published its Better Life Index, which looks at work-life balance on a global scale. The data examined covers the working world as well as access to healthcare and accommodation. Planet Labor looks closely at two indicators, concerning work in particular.
4 October 2019
How Valeo has rolled out a gender equality index worldwide
The French automotive supplier made use of the equality index* that French companies are required to calculate on an annual basis as of this year, with the aim of achieving perfect gender pay equality within in three years (see article n°10909). In March, when France’s equality index was published, Valeo announced plans to extend it to all countries where it operates. Bruno Guillemet, the group’s human resources director, shares with Planet Labor the results yielded by this indicator, after its application on...