In celebration of Mother?s Day last May 8, the local office of IBM launched a pioneering concierge-type delivery program for nursing employees in the Philippines.
The program aims to provide a concierge-style service for nursing IBM employees to help them ensure adequate milk supply for the baby?s consumption for the day, with IBM picking up the cost.
?After brainstorming different ideas on how to make moms’ transition to work a little easier, a team from IBM HR came up with this innovative program,? the company said, adding that the program was launched in the US last year.
Upon request, a representative will hand over the cooler and icepacks to the mother in the office. She will be provided with the name of the staff assigned who will deliver the breast milk to her residence.
The milk is expected to be delivered to the designated location within 2 to 4 hours from the time the sealed thermal bag is received.
The thermal bag is made of similar technology that is used in transporting perishable materials and can maintain the temperature of hot or cold items. The packaging can be used to keep the milk fresh and even has antimicrobial properties built into the lining to resist odor, mold, and mildew.
?It is with great pride that we are pioneering this program in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region to support working mothers,? said Luis Pineda, president and country general manager of IBM Philippines. ?We are glad to bring another form of innovation to our employees ? the IBMers ? because they are the ones who bring success to this great company.?
IBM said the initiative is one way to minimize disruption for mothers and their babies, and caregivers, for as long as moms chose to breast feed.
IBM said it has long taken a holistic view of supporting working parents — dating back to 1956, when the company introduced paid family leave of absence. In the 1980s, IBM also introduced flexible work options and also launched the first national corporate child care initiative in the US.
?We are excited to pilot this program in the Philippines to support nursing mothers and allow them to respond their responsibilities at home and at work,? said Divya Sharma, HR area leader at IBM Philippines. ?Through the launch of this service for IBMers in Metro Manila, we aim to gather substantial data and feedback in preparation of expanding the program in other Philippine cities where IBM has presence.?