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Tuesday, July 07 2020 - 18:00
JTI Announces New Equal Family Leave Policy
GENEVA, July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

JTI (Japan Tobacco International) has launched a global equal family leave 
policy for all its employees, which goes beyond national family leave plans in 
80% of the 81 countries the company is located in. The new global strategy 
offers a minimum of 20 weeks fully paid leave for respective employees, 
regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or whether employees become parents 
by giving birth or through adoption or surrogacy.[1] The new plan will be 
rolled out on January 1, 2021.

"Our new family leave policy is a great milestone in our diversity and gender 
equality journey. We are proud to introduce the new gender-neutral benefit 
which supports all families, giving every parent equal opportunity to spend 
quality time with their children, without worrying about the impact it could 
have on their finances or careers," said Eddy Pirard, President and CEO of JTI.

The new global plan will make a significant difference to employees, 
particularly in countries where there is little or no legal requirement on 
family leave.

Christiane Bisanzio, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at JTI, said: 
"Men can still be stigmatized for taking time out of their careers. We aim to 
shift such perceptions in the workplace for both men and women, including their 
managers. With our new family leave policy, we embrace all parents as well as 
their choices and lifestyles. This is yet another authentic and resounding 
commitment by JTI in our progressive diversity and inclusion philosophy."

In order to ensure a smooth implementation process and proper utilization of 
the benefits, for a limited number of locations the policy establishes a phased 
approach for secondary caregivers, starting with a minimum of four weeks paid 

With the new global strategy, JTI supports the wellbeing of its employees by 
helping them in the early stages of raising a family while continuing to thrive 
at work, ensuring all employees are equally supported to have time with their 
families regardless of where they live and work.

JTI is a leading international tobacco and vaping company with operations in 
more than 130 countries. It is the global owner of both Winston, the number two 
cigarette brand in the world, and Camel, outside the USA and has the largest 
share in sales for both brands. Other global brands include Mevius and LD. JTI 
is also a major player in the international vaping market with its brand, Logic 
and tobacco vapor brand, Ploom. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, JTI 
employs over 44,000 people and was awarded Global Top Employer for the sixth 
consecutive year. JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies. For 
more information, visit

1. In line with country legislations and practices, and subject to agreement 
with local works councils.

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Source: JT International