Patagonia’s reputation for supporting working families was already stellar before it added another 4 weeks of paid leave for new parents — so stellar that President Obama went out of his way to praise the company for it. But, with childcare policies that are downright Scandinavian, Patagonia goes beyond empowering new dads. It empowers not-so-new dads as well.
- Headquarters: Ventura, CA
- Number of employees: 1,120
- Paid Parental Leave: 12 weeks
- Industry: Retail
- 2015 Rank: 4
Notable Father-Friendly Policies And Practices
- Patagonia’s onsite childcare is the envy of parents everywhere; it’s staffed with child development professionals and operates on a philosophy that having children in the workplace provides invaluable community building among the staff. It’s been so successful that the policy was recently expanded beyond HQ to its Reno, NV distribution center.
- The company extends childcare beyond its borders, too: new parents who have to travel for business are provided a traveling child care professional so they can bring their baby with them.
- Company founder Yvon Chouinard’s memoir is entitled Let My People Surf, so you know employee well-being is in the company DNA. Employees are expected to ditch work when the surf or snow is good — they’re simply expected to get their work done before or after.