Sanofi raises paid parental leave to 14 weeks to ensure workplace equality

Sanofi is offering all its employees worldwide paid parental leave for 14 weeks — an increase from its current eight weeks — beginning Jan. 1, as part of its continuing efforts to support gender equity in the workplace.

The eligible employees will be paid 100% of their base salary during the 14-week leave period, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Employees welcoming a child into their family through childbirth, adoption, surrogacy or due to custody will receive equal amount of paid time off.

Sanofi, which has headquarters in Bridgewater, said the enhanced paid parental leave builds on the “generous benefits already available to U.S. employees and their families. This includes programs such as financial assistance for adoption, surrogacy or infertility, pre-maternity leave, special needs support and child care center discounts.”

Sanofi’s new global framework will provide a minimum benefit of paid parental leave so that all employees worldwide receive at least the same amount of paid time off. The new framework will not change or decrease existing benefits in countries that already offer more than 14 weeks of paid parental leave.

“We are dedicated to a workplace that embraces diversity and nurtures an environment where all employees feel they belong and are supported,” said Clint Wallace, senior vice president of human resources, Sanofi North America. “This enhanced benefit promotes equity and gives families more time off to bond.”