Sanofi is one of Australia’s best workplaces for dads. That’s according to the annual HBF Direct Advice for Dads research that analyses the largest 500 Australian companies by revenue to identify the workplaces that are leading the way with dad-friendly policies including parental leave, flexible work and other benefits.

For all three of his children, Ron Lane has been able to take advantage of Sanofi’s Parental Leave Policy, which offers 12 weeks paid parental leave for every child, subsidised childcare services, and a range of other benefits for new parents regardless of gender.

Ron, who is a Supply Chain Business Partner at Sanofi Australia and New Zealand, was aware of the company’s Parental Leave Policy and he was encouraged to take advantage of the options available to employees after a 6 month probation period. The possibility of taking 12 weeks paid parental leave was a blessing for Ron and his wife.

“We were both working full-time so part of our planning was around what parental leave we were entitled to and other parental benefits. It was a blessing that I could get three months paid parental leave for each child that could be taken when it suited our needs, either at the same time as my wife or after she had returned to work.”

The extra time with my children has created a special bond.

“Thanks to Sanofi, I feel I’ve bonded with my children in a way that wouldn’t have been possible without that extra time off. We also felt financially secure having an income that meant my wife could start her own business while I looked after the kids.”

As the children grew up, the needs of the family changed and Sanofi was there to offer subsidised childcare and flexible working, which can help when the children need to be picked-up from childcare and school, or on the occasions of sickness. Sanofi’s family policies also include continuation of superannuation contributions, long service accrual, and school holiday care called Camp Sanofi.

Sanofi’s Director of Human Resources at Sanofi Australia & New Zealand, Michelle Zimany, said the company’s Parental Leave Policy was inclusive for all employees wanting to start a family.

“We have evolved our policies to become gender neutral and family friendly to reflect our company values. We understand the role employee wellbeing plays in retaining and nurturing the best talent, which is why we’re constantly looking for improvements that will benefit everyone.”

“Our Parental Leave Policy applies to all our employees and is inclusive of those seeking adoption, surrogacy, fostering and same-sex parenting.”

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