Fertifa, the fertility and reproductive healthcare benefits provider, has been selected by Centrica to offer around 18,500 UK and Ireland employees reproductive health and fertility support as a workplace offering.
Employees across Centrica’s British Gas, Bord Gáis Energy, Centrica Business Solutions, Energy Marketing & Trading and Upstream businesses now have access to an education programme; discounted fertility treatment such as IVF, intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg freezing, sperm freezing, frozen embryo transfer (FET), genetic testing, donor eggs and/or sperm; free appointments with a dedicated fertility advisor; menopause support consultations and services; and free home testing kits for themselves and their partners in the UK.
Centrica recognised the importance of this partnership, acknowledging the impact that fertility and reproductive health challenges – and their status as a workplace taboo – can have on employees.
Ulf Bengtsson, HR director at Centrica and HR business partner for British Gas said: “From a deeply personal level and because it truly matters to Centrica, we are so thrilled that our colleagues can now benefit from reproductive health services and support thanks to our long-standing relationship with Fertifa. They are the perfect addition to complement our network of colleagues supporting each other, by offering an anonymous way to manage fertility in the workplace and grow families as well as careers.”
Hortense Thorpe, procurement business partner, founder of The Centrica Fertility Group and workplace fertility ambassador added: “From the start, The Centrica Fertility Group partnered with Fertifa as they offered what no one else does: caring, personalised and confidential advice to help people navigate their own fertility journey.”
Tony Chen, CEO at Fertifa, said: “We’ve seen in the past few years that fertility programmes have become a must-have benefit across corporate America. We’re excited to partner with Centrica as they blaze a trail for UK companies looking to support their staff with a reproductive health and fertility offering. This supports strategic objectives such as employee recruitment, retention and productivity, diversity and inclusion, the authenticity agenda, and physical and mental wellbeing – and we believe will ultimately become a competitive advantage for those UK companies who choose to lead the way in introducing them.”
Notes to editor
The Centrica Fertility Group is an employee-led network providing support and guidance to those interested in, or struggling with, fertility issues. Their motto is “grow families as well as careers”.
Fertifa is a team of world-class healthcare professionals, employee benefits experts and fertility specialists who have experienced fertility challenges first-hand. The team has come together to make fertility care more accessible, inclusive and affordable for all UK workplace employees, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The company works with HR and workplace benefits teams to deliver a bespoke and cost-efficient fertility benefit for employees.
Fertifa is the founder and main sponsor of the UK’s Workplace Fertility Community (WFC). The WFC is a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to put reproductive healthcare firmly on the agenda for all organisations. It aims to educate employers on the topic of reproductive healthcare, engage their employees to be proactive about their reproductive health and empower everyone to break the taboo surrounding fertility issues. The WFC steering committee is led by senior leaders and professionals from a range of industries, all of whom have first-hand experience of reproductive health challenges.
Centrica is a leading energy services and solutions provider founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people. We are the UK’s biggest retailer of zero carbon electricity, serving around 10 million customers across the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe through brands such as British Gas, supported by around 9,000 highly trained engineers and technicians. Centrica’s purpose of helping customers live sustainably, simply and affordably drives our strategy and our People and Planet Plan.
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