Global Reporting Initiative Reports

GRI Indicator 401-3
Reporting Level Complete
Sustainable Development Goals

Parental Leave

IPG’s parental leave benefit is covered under our network-wide “Employee and Family Leave” program.

IPG’s parental leave benefit is covered under our network-wide “Employee and Family Leave” program. The program applies equally to primary and secondary caregivers, regardless of gender (not always binary) making no distinction between “maternity leave” and “paternity leave.” The program applies equally to adoptive parents as well. IPG’s parental leave program is gender-neutral, however IPG recognizes that working mothers often bear greater responsibility for parenting responsibilities. Our parental leave policy is aimed in part at helping to remove the disproportionate childcare responsibilities that a working mother may face.

The minimum parental leave benefit for all employees globally is six weeks at 100% pay. In locations outside the United States, the paid leave provided to employees varies due to the regulatory requirements of each country, but our six-week policy is a minimum applied to all employees. Many employees will receive additional paid time off depending on duration of disability, tenure with the company, and local paid leave provisions.

Within the United States, IPG agencies may enhance parental leave above the minimum benefit of 6 weeks. IPG also provides paid disability leave for up to 26 weeks.

Historically, IPG has had a flexible culture to accommodate parents when they return to work. Before the stay-at-home measures necessitated by COVID-19, many of our agencies had instituted a work-from-home practice and flexible schedules, particularly for parents easing back into work after the arrival of a new child. IPG also provides employees with back-up childcare and other related benefits to further support the right work-life balance for each family.

In 2020, this culture shift was accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, when IPG introduced the concept of “organized flexibility,” encouraging managers to make schedules that work for each individual on their team.

IPG is committed to celebrating the full lives of working parents.

Other parental services and benefits for working parents:
*employee benefit selection may vary by agency or country

  • Back-up childcare
  • Lactation rooms
  • Adoption support
  • Fertility services
  • Surrogacy support
  • Contraception coverage
  • Resources for parents of children with special needs
  • Educational resources for parenting and remote schooling