From the beginning of March, CVS Group is providing free period products to all UK colleagues while at work.
An estimated 75 per cent of CVS colleagues have periods. Many will have had the experience of being caught short without a pad or tampon. For those who have an earlier or heavier than expected period, it falls to them to quickly find a solution. This can cause stress, anxiety or embarrassment.
Free period product dispensing machines are being installed in colleague toilets at every CVS veterinary practice and site in the UK. The machines will dispense packs containing two tampons and one sanitary towel, so that colleagues can help themselves to either if needed while at work.
PHS, who are part of the Government’s Period Poverty Taskforce, has been installing the free vending machines across the CVS estate since December 2022. The roll out will be completed by the beginning of March.
Helen Finney, Group HR Director at CVS, said: “We want to provide dignity and peace of mind for all of the colleagues who work at CVS. We wouldn’t expect colleagues to have to bring their own toilet paper to work. So those who experience periods shouldn’t fear being caught short either. In a busy practice it can be difficult to ask a colleague if they have a tampon or towel, or to find time to go out to buy supplies.
“By providing free period products to colleagues while at work, we are seeking to help in one small but meaningful way.”
The free period product initiative is part of CVS Group’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) programme, whose strategy aims to address any existing inequities or disadvantages experienced by a colleague demographic group. Other areas of CVS EDI focus include Ability and Neurodiversity, Ethnicity, Gender, LGBTQ+ and Social Mobility.
CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with over 500 veterinary practices, referral centres and sites in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. In the last five years the company has invested nearly £80 million in its sites, facilities and equipment, in addition to industry leading training and support, to give the best possible care to animals. For more information about careers with CVS Group visit www.careerswithcvs.co.uk.