PMI’s new minimum global parental leave principles provides opportunities for working women and men to raise families

27 Nov 2020 · 2 min read

The global scheme will launch as of January 1, 2021, and strengthens the company’s commitment to fostering a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

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PMI has announced a new parental leave scheme that focuses on “people raising families” rather than the gendered stereotype of “women having children.”

The new global minimum parental leave principles will be implemented in phases across all markets, as part of our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workforce.

This new approach to more gender-inclusive parental leave is people-centric and driven by the recognition that all caregivers want to achieve both a rewarding career and a rewarding home life.

PMI is offering opportunities for both men and women to balance work and family time

These new principles also reflect the fact that being a present parent is an important aspect of modern life for many men—and the reality of today’s world in which there is no such thing as one type of family.

Silke Muenster PMI's Chief Diversity Officer

Silke Muenster, PMI’s Chief Diversity Officer

PMI’s new minimum leave principles will provide primary caregivers with a minimum of 18 weeks fully paid parental leave and secondary caregivers with a minimum of eight weeks fully paid parental leave.

Countries may exceed these principles if, for example, local laws require it or local management teams choose to implement a different package.

“Our new minimum parental leave principles are inclusive,” says Silke Muenster, PMI’s Chief Diversity Officer, “as they apply to all employees regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and regardless of whether they become parents through birth, adoption or surrogacy. I see it as another demonstration of how PMI is creating a more inclusive, diverse work environment to meet the challenges and expectations of our people for the 21st century workplace.”

The common societal expectation that caregiving is a woman’s responsibility may serve to limit women’s full participation in the paid workforce.

In turn, this can reduce a woman’s opportunities to rise to leadership roles—while simultaneously limiting men’s participation in raising families and forming connections at home.

Our new parental leave principles apply to all employees regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Silke Muenster, PMI’s Chief Diversity Officer

PMI’s parental leave standard will start to be implemented from January 1, 2021, with a host of markets primed to become early adopters of the new principles in the first few months of next year, culminating in the full rollout across PMI’s entire global operations by the end of 2022.

PMI’s focus is on creating an environment where our employees from across the globe can contribute their best, support each other, and drive the innovation and consumer-centricity necessary to achieve our vision of a smoke-free future.

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