Long gone are the days when people didn’t talk about Menopause, with increasing awareness in the media, in society and in many workplaces. As a result of Unilever UK & Ireland’s training and awareness courses, as well as specialist health cover, the company has been recognised as the first FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) manufacturer to be recognised as a Menopause Friendly Employer, and independently accredited by Menopause Friendly.
This accreditation marks the progress Unilever UK & Ireland has made as an employer, moving from the pledge to be ‘menopause aware’, to having made tangible improvements around how menopause awareness, support and education is embedded in many areas of the business.
Becoming accredited by Menopause Friendly, comprising an independent panel of the UKs leading experts on menopause in the workplace, is a rigorous process which includes evidencing how menopause awareness is filtering through a company by its culture, guidance, menopause-specific support, training, engagement and menopause-appropriate facilities.
Menopausal women are the fastest-growing demographic in the overall workplace, and almost eight out of 10 women will reach menopause while they are working. As a Menopause Friendly employer, Unilever wants everyone to be aware of the impact menopause can have; either as someone dealing with the symptoms of menopause (which national external research has seen up to one in four women leave work due to the severity of menopause symptoms), as a line manager supporting a colleague, or as child or partner of someone experiencing menopause at home.
As a global organisation, Unilever is working to create a fairer, more socially inclusive world through its business, its brands and in wider society. At Unilever in the UK, 57% of management roles are done by women, and the UK & Ireland leadership team is made up of 44% women.Unilever believes that creating a culture of awareness, openness and support about the menopause is key in order to support its workforce and wants everyone to feel confident and comfortable enough to have conversations about menopause and be able to access the right support at the right time.
” Kate Roberts, Employment Excellence Director at Unilever
As part of the employee offering in the UK and Ireland, employees have access to menopause awareness and training courses as well as specialist health cover.
Menopause Friendly’s Independent Panel sets the benchmark standards for employers to achieve . The panel is made up of the UKs leading experts from across industries to assess what employers have achieved.