Everyone is Awesome
To celebrate the diversity of the world around us and especially the LGBTQIA+ community, we released LEGO® Everyone is Awesome. The set was designed by VP of Design, Matthew Ashton, a member of the LEGO Group’s LGBTQIA+ community and released to coincide with Pride month in June.
In May 2021, we partnered with three LGBTQIA+ NGOs to strengthen our efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive workplace: Stonewall, Workplace Pride and Open for Business. We also proudly partner with UK-based charity, Diversity Role Models, which works to educate children about inclusivity and empathy to build supportive and inclusive future generations.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Conscious inclusion training for all
Focus on children with UNICEF
Empowering everybody to develop in the LEGO Group
In 2021, we have made several improvements on how we attract, recruit and retain talent, including securing diverse interview panels and diversity training for recruiters. This is part of our work to improve diversity and gender balance at all organisational levels.
We also established six global Employee Advocacy Groups (EAGs) to help build a stronger sense of belonging and connect employees around the world. We currently have EAGs for Accessibility, Age, Asian, LGBTQIA+, People of Colour and Women and expect to establish more over time.
Creating a safe and family-friendly workplace
Extended parental leave
In 2020, we launched an extended parental leave globally. All employees, no matter their location, receive a minimum of 26 weeks paid childcare leave for the primary caregiver and 8 weeks paid leave for the secondary caregiver, by the end of 2022. As we continued to deploy the scheme in 2021, employees around the globe are already benefitting from the extended parental leave, spending more time with their children at an important stage in their early childhood development.
Also introduced in 2020, employees around the world now benefit from four weeks of caregiver leave and a fully deployed global safety net to ensure financial security for colleagues and their families in case of death or permanent disability.
No compromise on safety
Helping our colleagues thrive
We strive to ensure that the LEGO Group is a motivating workplace and survey the motivation and satisfaction of all employees regularly. The resulting score is calculated from the answers to four questions in the annual employee engagement survey run by Ennova and called ‘the LEGO People Pulse’.
In 2020, colleagues’ motivation and satisfaction were extremely high and amongst the strongest of all companies tracked by our external survey partner, Ennova. In 2020, we exceeded our target with a score of 82 points, 8 points above the external benchmark score of 74.
During 2021 we’ve continued to take steps to ensure the health, safety and mental wellbeing of all colleagues working in our offices, factories and stores and to provide support for those working from home for extended periods.
We hosted COVID vaccination clinics for employees, families and local communities at three of our factories.
Introducing Best of Both
In the first half of 2021, we launched Best of Both, a flexible hybrid way of working which offers colleagues who are able to the opportunity work from home if they need to focus or come into the office and enjoy the benefits of face-to-face collaboration. Our rule of thumb is three days in office and two days away from the office, at home.
All offices are introducing Best of Both as local government guidance allows.
Inspiring the builders of tomorrow means caring for the workers of today
As a company that cares deeply about children’s development, we understand the critical roles parents and caregivers play during a child’s formative years. Many people who work in factories in China are from rural areas and spend extended periods of time away from their children.
To bridge this separation, we launched a Summer Camp programme in China in 2018 for children of factory employees in the LEGO Group and selected suppliers. These camps are held close to employees’ factories and aim to give the children a fun summer break close to their parents.
In collaboration with Save the Children we have developed curriculum based around Learning through Play which is both fun and provides long-term benefit to children who participate.
In 2021 we welcomed 227 children to camps held at our Jiaxing factory and five supplier factory sites. This is fewer than last year due to COVID restrictions at a number of sites.
A responsible supply chain
In 2020, we launched a capability building programme where suppliers receive training in the Responsible Business Principles, with the aim of building supplier competences to reach a higher level of compliance and proactively resolve high-risk issues. In 2021, we continue to strengthen the programme with more training sessions, e-learning opportunities and by launching hands-on tools, such as a Management Guidebook on how to manage and comply with the Responsible Business Principles.
We have published our Modern Slavery Statement for 2020 in accordance with the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2010), and the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act (2018) for Australia.