Patagonia’s CEO Explains How To Make On-Site Child Care Pay For Itself



To date, three states and the District of Columbia offer paid family leave: California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The United States is one of only two countries in the industrialized world that offers no federal paid maternity leave. Research showing the business benefits of paid family and medical leave and other critical programs is abundant. For now, though, let me illustrate the basic math that gives me confidence as Patagonia’s chief executive not only to provide on-site child care to our parents at our headquarters, but, as of this year, to expand it to our 400-employee distribution center in Reno, Nevada, as well.

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