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Family-Friendly Policies: How to Implement Better Business Practices for Working Parents and Children
Business activities touch the lives of billions of working parents and children, both in a company’s own operations and global supply chains. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the need for comprehensive Government and business policies that protect and support workers and their families during and after the crisis. Family-friendly policies (FFPs) — including paid parental and sick leave, breastfeeding support, affordable and quality childcare, flexible work arrangements and access to minimum social protection measures — are essential in this regard. Such policies have proven beneficial to children and working parents, especially women, and the business benefits are clear as well.

This Academy session will convene companies and experts to share the value of family-friendly workplaces and the varied ways businesses of all sizes can implement policies to support their employees with families. Learn how to develop effective strategies to design and implement family-friendly policies with insights on how these policies will enhance core business objectives.

During this session, you will learn:
-The main pillars of family-friendly policies and their positive impacts on children, parents and businesses
-The linkages between family-friendly policies and gender equality
-Company approaches and experiences in designing and implementing family-friendly policies
-Analyses of how the family-friendly policy landscape has changed in recent years and how businesses can respond in the COVID-19 era and beyond

Welcome Remarks: Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact; and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
Introduction to Topic: Laura Addati, Policy Specialist, Women and Economic Empowerment, ILO
Moderator: Ida Hyllested, Regional Child Rights and Business Manager, UNICEF
Speakers: Gayathri Ramamurthy, Senior Director, Lead, Diversity & Inclusion, Capgemini India; and Amy Luinstra, EAP Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion, IFC

Jan 27, 2021 09:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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