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Mother's Day: Extended parental leave of up to 16 weeks at Rhodia helps employees' families in Brazil

São Paulo, May 8, 2023 - Rhodia, a company of the Solvay Group, has already counted 40 babies of its employees in Brazil benefiting from the extended 16-week parental leave since the group decided to implement the co-parental leave policy, covering maternity, paternity, and adoption leave, regardless of the employee's gender or sexual orientation.

Implemented in January 2021, the extended co-parental leave is part of a global program of the Solvay Group aimed at strengthening gender equity within the company. The Solvay Group operates in 61 countries and directly employs 21,000 people, of which about 2,000 work in units and offices in Brazil.

The benefit is available for co-parental employees (adults responsible for children), including parents who adopt children. Solvay's co-parental employee receives 100% of their salary during the leave period.

A balance made by the Solvay Group shows that since the implementation of this policy, a total of 400 babies from employee families have already benefited from the 16-week parental leave granted by the company in all regions where it operates.

"The extended co-parental leave of up to 16 weeks is a benefit aimed at valuing our employees. We want everyone who works with us to have the best balance between professional obligations and family commitments," says Fernanda Zanetti, Head of Human Resources at Solvay Group in Latin America.

In 2022, the Solvay Group made the universal parental leave policy even more flexible, allowing parents to choose whether they want to take the 16-week leave all at once or in various periods.

One of the employees who recently joined the benefit is Felipe Rocha, Market Manager of the Global Silicas Business Unit in Latin America, who became the father of Cecília Rocha, born on April 22.

"It is very important to have this extended leave because I will be able to share responsibilities with my wife in taking care of our daughter, as well as closely monitoring her development in the first months," comments Felipe Rocha.