AB InBev to come up with domestic abuse policy

(This story originally appeared in on Mar 08, 2021)

Policies to protect employees against domestic abuse are gaining momentum in India Inc. After Hindustan Unilever (


) pioneered such norms in the country, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, is planning to introduce a domestic abuse policy for its employees in India. This would include 10-day paid leave for medical needs, counselling and other issues.

Under the policy, which is gender-neutral, AB InBev employees would be offered support in the form of flexible work timings and access to employee assistance programme as well.

In an exclusive interaction with TOI, AB InBev people director (India & southeast Asia) Tanushree Mishra said: “The domestic violence support policy was rolled out across the world and is now being extended to India as well. It allows colleagues to take time off and take the support of the organisation if, God forbid, there is any such situation that needs to be addressed.” AB InBev’s 1,600 employees in India would be covered under the policy. AB InBev, which is the maker of beer brands like Budweiser and Stella Artois, is also launching an unlimited leave for wellness, which is on top of the 30-day annual and earned leaves. “As an organisation, we feel responsible to give our colleagues the right environment when it comes to health, safety, as well as, mental wellbeing. Employees can take this leave for physical and mental wellness, burnout or stress management, and come back rejuvenated,” said Mishra.

AB InBev is also doubling paternity leave to four weeks and introducing an adoption leave for LGBTQ members.