Kellogg’s has unveiled a new policy to support staff impacted by domestic abuse, which includes up to 10 days of extra paid leave.
The food giant is also offering those affected financial aid for a legal support meeting, as well as a one-off payment to cover expenses related to opening a new bank account or anything else that may help them establish financial security.
All 1,360-plus employees at the company’s sites across the UK will be covered by the policy – including those at its head office in Manchester and at its Trafford and Wrexham factories – regardless of their length of service.
According to Kellogg’s, staff do not need to formally apply for the support and individuals’ personal records will not detail any time off taken under the policy. It worked with emotional wellbeing charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change, to establish the provision.
CEO Michelle Hill said: “TLC: Talk, Listen, Change is proud to have consulted with Kellogg’s on the implementation of its new domestic abuse policy. Kellogg’s has created a supportive policy with key elements that will enable its staff to feel safe and confident in disclosing domestic abuse.
“The new domestic abuse policy not only commits to supporting employees, but also to increasing awareness of domestic abuse through resources. We know that the stress and trauma that come with domestic abuse have a profound effect on victim-survivors. Kellogg’s has demonstrated, as an organisation, that they are committed to supporting victim-survivors to the best of their ability.”
Staff are additionally able to access a confidential and free 24-hour counselling service and flexible working options.
Earlier this year, the food company revealed plans to remove the requirement to have a degree for job applicants as part of its move to becoming a more inclusive employer.
The business also introduced enhanced policies in 2019, including provisions to support those affected by menopause, pregnancy loss and fertility treatments.