HKBN has just announced the introduction of a 14-day adoption leave for all employees in Hong Kong, mainland China, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.
Employees who become adoptive parents can use the paid time-off to prepare a child-friendly environment and build a relationship with their new family member.
“Adoptive parents have travelled a long road to accommodate a new family member, but they’re often not compensated when taking leave as most companies only provide statutory maternity and paternity leaves for natural parents," said CY Chan, HKBN’s co-owner & chief talent and purpose officer.
By providing family benefits, Chan hopes that it can help employees smooth the adoption process and arrive at work fully motivated to help HKBN stay competitive and deliver on the company's core purpose.
HKBN has also partnered with Mother's Choice (a Hong Kong charity that helps children without families) to organise a webinar where Chan will share adoption stories, HR industry best practices in handling adoption cases and how companies can best support adoptive parents in the workplace.
"Companies commonly adopt various family-friendly work policies, but the concept of adoption is still fairly new in Hong Kong. We’re happy to see that HKBN has taken an important step to support adoptive families at the workplace. Adoption leave makes a big difference to new adoptive parents, helping with stress and allowing them to focus on bonding and building attachment with their child,” said Alia Eyres, CEO of Mother's Choice.