Thematic Champion

Emmanuel Faber

Supporting women rights and gender equality is a widely proven recipe for more sustainable growth and inclusive prosperity.

Thematic Commitment


Implement an 18 weeks gender-neutral paid parental leave policy for Danone's 100,000 global workforce


Parental leave provisions directly impact family life and welfare, women’s participation in the labor market, and gender norms. Where they are progressive, they can directly promote gender equality, especially when both women and men are permitted and encouraged to take parental leave.

Danone has set forth a bold ambition to become one of the leading parent-friendly companies in the world, through the implementation of a global gender-neutral paid parental leave policy for all employees. As an inaugural HeForShe Thematic Champion for paid parental leave, the company will pilot innovative approaches to support parents during the first 1,000 days; including pre-natal support, extended parental leave and post-natal commitments. Danone’s 18 week’s gender-neutral paid parental leave policy will extend to adoptive parents and will be gradually implemented and customized by local teams to best address local needs.