Business and Family-Friendly Policies

An evidence brief


Employment policies can vastly impact the well-being of both workers and their families. The extent to which working parents are able to reconcile work with family responsibilities is increasingly recognized as influencing their ability to provide and care for their children. This is particularly the case for workers in vulnerable situations and low-income families, where children may be at particular risk of being deprived of basic rights and access to essential services. This brief explores the role of business with regard to family-friendly policies,  summarizes evidence from literature acknowledging the gaps that exist and provides recommendations for both governments and businesses to strengthen the adoption of family-friendly business policies.