Applaud Company’s Generous Maternity Package


Target: Vodafone Organization and People Development Director Sharon Doherty

Goal: Applaud Vodafone’s comprehensive maternity policy, which includes a minimum 16-week paid maternity leave.

Vodafone, an international company, will be implementing new maternity policies by the end of 2015 for all of its employees, putting to shame the maternity minimums of many of the countries where Vodafone operates. The new policies will mostly affect employees in India, the U.S. and some African countries, where maternity provisions are lowest. Support Vodafone and its commitment to the healthy lives of its employees.

The company’s new policy includes a minimum fully paid 16-week maternity leave and a 30-hour work week for returning mothers at fulltime pay for their first six months back. For countries where such provisions are especially low, Vodafone’s new policy could have a significant impact on employees. The new deal is being implemented in an attempt to retain and recruit female employees, Vodafone told the BBC.

Sharon Doherty, the policy’s developer, says that the company means not only to “pioneer” progressive maternity policies, but adds that companies save money working to retain female employees during pregnancy and motherhood. The savings associated with retaining trained workers through more generous maternity packages far outweighs the cost of training replacement employees, both humanely and monetarily.

The new 16-week minimum leave will improve provisions for mothers in 10 countries, and the reduced hours with full pay for returning mothers will impact employees in 27 countries. The company estimates that roughly 1,000 female employees will benefit directly from the decision.

This policy proves the importance of fair treatment for all employees, regardless of age, race or gender. Sign this petition and support Vodafone’s monumental maternity package that puts people first.


Dear Ms. Doherty,

Vodafone’s new maternity policy is leading the way for the future of women’s workplace rights and is proof that treating employees better saves businesses money. Hopefully, your company’s generous maternity packages are only the beginning of a more humane relationship between businesses and the individuals making them possible.

According to your company’s estimates, some 1,000 women will benefit from the new provisions, and Vodafone stands to save $19 billion per year by retaining trained female employees through pregnancy and childbirth, rather than training their replacements. Women in 10 countries will benefit from increased mandatory paid leave and women in 27 countries will be affected by the reduced hours provision.

Amidst international cries for equality in the workplace, Vodafone is not only pioneering more humane policies for its employees, your company is setting a new precedent for how workers should expect to be treated.

I support and applaud your company’s new maternity policy.


[Your Name Here]

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