Central Co-op set to become Fertility Friendly employer
Central Co-op has partnered with Fertility Matters at Work, the social enterprise educational training provider, as it works towards becoming a Fertility Friendly employer.
In addition to undertaking training provided by the organisation, Central Co-op has launched two new policies, ‘Fertility Treatment’ and ‘Pregnancy Loss’, which outlines the support and guidance given to employees.
As part of the launch, the co-operative hosted a webinar with Fertility Matters co-founders, Becky Kearns and Natalie Silverman, to give employees a better understanding of why the journey to parenthood can sometimes be challenging.
With support from Fertility Matters at Work, two more webinars will be hosted this year to help embed Central Co-op’s new policies, including a webinar on Pride month in June and, later in the year, a webinar on pregnancy and baby loss.
Naomi Smith, inclusion and wellbeing manager at Central Co-op, said: “Giving colleagues the support when they need it most will create a workplace where wellbeing is nourished and protected. By encouraging the conversation on these topics, we’ll create a more inclusive workplace where everyone feels they can be themselves. When you get wellbeing and inclusion right, colleague engagement and retention naturally follow.”