Unum UK is offering free period products across its UK sites from today (5 September) to support staff health and wellbeing.
Through a new partnership with the Hey Girls network, the employee benefits provider will stock sustainable items in all bathrooms at its Basingstoke and Dorking offices, available free of charge to its workforce, to help the fight against period poverty.
The new period dignity scheme also aims to reduce the shame and stigma around menstruation, and all items bought through the initiative will be matched with a donation to Hey Girls’ community partners such as foodbanks, women’s refuges and homeless shelters.
According to Unum, which employs 850-plus workers in the UK, its decision to join forces with Hey Girls is part of its “ongoing commitment in prioritising employees’ health and wellbeing”.
Liz Walker, chief operating officer, said: “Unum UK is delighted to partner with Hey Girls and proud to support them with their mission to eradicate period poverty in the UK.
“Building the best possible place to work and supporting employee wellbeing in a sustainable way is one of our biggest priorities. We understand that improved access to high-quality period products and promoting positive conversations around period health is fundamental in maintaining an inclusive and diverse workplace.
“The Hey Girls ‘buy one, donate one’ business model allows us to extend our reach beyond our workplace, perfectly supporting our own mission to help more people.”