EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Workers with care responsibilities

The interactions between employment and caring are becoming increasingly important in the face of demographic ageing in Europe. Sustainability of long-term care systems requires an extensive contribution from informal carers,while labour market requirements and contemporary lifestyles and aspirations encourage increased participation of women - the traditional providers of the larger share of informal care - in the labour force. An added factor is the expectation of a longer working life as retirement ages seem set to rise across the EU. A multipronged approach is needed to address the challenges in this area. This database highlights some 50 company initiatives that support workers with dependent-care responsibilities in 10 Member States. The research was carried out during 2009-2010.

51 items found (page 1 of 6)

Case Study: Care-related supports – EDF South-West, France

  • France
Company / organisation name EDF South-West Initiative name Various supports to working carers About the company / organisation EDF is the main producer and provider of electricity in France. The French company has its headquarters in Paris, and a network of decentralised offices in all regions of France. Its workforce totals about 180,000, with women comprising 45% of this. Its electricity production comes primarily from nuclear power.
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Health/wellbeing, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Leave-related Measures – Achmea, the Netherlands

  • Netherlands
Company / organisation name Achmea Initiative name Life stage aware diversity policy (LDB)
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

Case Study: Care-related Supports – AOK Hessen, Germany

  • Germany
Company / organisation name AOK Hessen Initiative name Profession and Care Service
  • Initiative Types

    Care-related supports, awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

Case Study: Awareness raising – Mercator, Slovenia

  • Slovenia
Company / organisation name Mercator Initiative name Family-friendly Enterprise Certificate
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Health/wellbeing, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Awareness raising – Pharmaceutical company, Slovenia

  • Slovenia
Company / organisation name Pharmaceutical company Initiative name Family Friendly Enterprise Certificate About the company / organization The company was established more than 50 years ago, and is mainly engaged in developing, manufacturing and distributing pharmaceutical products. It employs 2,400 people in Slovenia, and women make up almost 50% of this workforce. Employees aged over 50 years make up about 20% of the workforce.
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Awareness Raising – Vodafone D2, Germany

  • Germany
Company / organisation name Vodafone D2 Initiative name Project LiVFe Art and other measures supporting working carers About the company / organisation Vodafone Group is a major mobile telecommunications company, with presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United States. The company was founded 1984 in Newbury, UK and is, with around 66,000 employees, one of the largest technology companies worldwide.
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

Case Study: Leave-related Measures, T-Mobile, Austria

  • Austria
Company / organisation name T-Mobile Austria Initiative name Various measures for supporting working carers
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Leave-related measures – Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, Austria

  • Austria
Company / organisation name Federal Real Estate Company (Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, BIG) Initiative name Work and Family Audit (Audit Beruf und Familie, Austria) at BIG
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

Case Study: Hours Reduction – Trades Union Congress (TUC), UK

  • United Kingdom
Company / organisation name Trades Union Congress (TUC) Initiative name Staff Handbook
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, awareness raising

Case Study: Care-related supports – Bank Pekao, Poland

  • Poland
Company / organisation name Bank Pekao Initiative name ‘Let’s help each other – donate 1% of your tax’ (Pomagajmy sobie – przeznacz 1% podatku)
  • Initiative Types

    Care-related supports, awareness raising

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