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How Capgemini UK supports team members through Fertility Assistance

Laura Gardner
27 Jun 2022

Many of us will experience difficult personal circumstances at some point in life: if and when this happens, we want to ensure our people and their families have access to the right support from Capgemini.

With this in mind, we have significantly refreshed our approach and guidance around our Family Friendly policies, which are for all employees, regardless of length of service.

This included a new Fertility Assistance policy for any employees who need this support.

Who might need fertility assistance?

Fertility assistance can be used by many people for a variety of reasons. These reasons include same sex couples or single people wanting to start or family or if someone is experiencing infertility. No matter the reason, Capgemini wants to ensure all employees are supported through this.

Infertility is a global health issue affecting millions of people where a couple are unable to get pregnant. Around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty and need fertility assistance.

Fertility struggles can be a taboo topic and the embarrassment some feel to talk about it can be the cause of couples not seeking any support. Charities such as The Fertility Foundation work to reduce the stigma on this topic and provide advice and assistance.

How is Capgemini supporting employees?

At Capgemini, we want to make sure all those affected have the relevant support available. We understand that everyone’s experience is different, and that it can be an emotional, invasive, stressful, and expensive time.

Employees are entitled to 5 days paid leave for each cycle of fertility assistance, up to a maximum of 3 cycles per year. There is also a £20,000 Lifetime cash benefit available to eligible members of the Capgemini Medical Plan following a diagnosis of infertility.

To ensure employees feel supported in this difficult time, Capgemini offers a variety of additional internal support structures as well as providing information on external support. This includes inclusive employee networks where colleagues can share experiences, well-being resources and more.