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Nestlé Purina announced the launch of the Pets at Work Alliance across Europe

To unite and support organisations in bringing pets to the workplace

Purina is working with the aim of having 200 partners on board by 2020 as per its Purina in Society commitments

Today Nestlé Purina announced the launch of the Pets at Work Alliance across Europe to unite and support organisations in bringing pets to the workplace. "At Purina, we believe pets and people are better together – said the company –, especially at work, and we know from experience that having pets at work has a significant positive impact on employee’s mental and physical health". Purina is working with, and providing support to businesses across Europe to join their Pets at Work Alliance, with the aim of having 200 partners on board by 2020 as per its Purina in Society commitments.

Recently Purina conducted The Pets at Work Survey 2017 to gain further insights into the attitudes towards, and perceived benefits of being allowed to bring your pet to work. The survey, which interviewed 3,221 employed European dog-owners in eight countries across Europe (UK, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal) between the ages of 18-65, further solidify Purina’s belief that pets are, and should be welcome in the workplace. The survey returned favourable results, which include:

·         68% of employed dog owners would bring their pet to work, if given the choice (currently only 12% of work environments are pet-friendly)

·         40% of employees agree that pets in the workplace contribute to reducing stress and creating a more relaxed working atmosphere,

·         36% of employees find that pets at work help to improve the work/life balance. More results of the survey will be released in the following weeks

Purina is committed to helping organisations profit from the many benefits of a pet-friendly workplace, which include higher engagement, retention and wellbeing; higher performance and productivity; higher inspiration and lower stress for employees. Dogs also benefit from the opportunity to socialise with new people and dogs. Purina has developed guidance materials for organisations wishing to introduce Pets at Work, including pet etiquette guidelines, and an employee pledge to ensure the safety of pets and people.

Nestlé Purina PetCare, the global leader in pet products, is part of the Swiss company Nestlé S.A., a world leader in nutrition, health and wellness. For over 120 years, Purina has been one of the pioneers in delivering nutritious and tasty products that meet the highest standards of quality and safety.

The Pets at Work Alliance is made up of a group of companies and organizations all over Europe who, sharing the same conviction of Purina - namely that people and pets are better together - is committed to promoting the policy at Pets at Work aims to ensure that 200 organizations open their doors to pet by 2020.

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