Accenture raises adoption leave to 22 weeks

Global outsourcing firm Accenture has raised the adoption leave of its staff from eight weeks to 22 weeks, allowing all types of new mothers to be treated equally. Effective immediately, all new mothers will receive five months of paid leave, higher than the statutory requirement of three months. The benefits will also include one month of additional paid maternity leave to cover for illness and three months of unpaid leave to cater to the demands of the new member of the family. Parag Pande, human resource lead for India and global lead for learning and talent development operations at Accenture, said the new benefits are in line with Accenture’s goal of becoming the most inclusive and diverse organisation in the world.