Volvo Cars plans to provide all employees with at least one year of leave for a total of 24 weeks, at 80 percent of their base wage. The app is valid for both parents, and consent can be used at any time during the first three years of parenthood. Global politics is more inclusive and supportive than most current policies around the world. The policy covers all legally registered parents, including adoptive and foster parents. Volvo Cars’ global policy is inspired by Swedish national legislation, which in recent years has been recognized worldwide for parental leave regulations, which have provided tangible benefits for both parents and children. The report follows a parental leave pilot program launched in the EMEA region in 2019, where 46 percent of all applicants are fathers. Volvo Cars focused on communicating more effectively about parental leave policy to encourage consent acquisition.
The company aims to create a “default effect” by offering 24 weeks of parental leave as a pre-determined option – people are thought to be more likely to stick to pre-determined options. As we tend to predict negative consequences when there is uncertainty, vague language such as “up to 24 weeks” is avoided.