Accelerating Change – Business Smart. Family Friendly. Future Ready

Two years ago, we launched Family Forward NC with generous support from our founding sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, to engage employers across North Carolina to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices — big and small — that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development.  

We are encouraged and inspired by the business and community leaders we’ve worked with over the past two years, who are enthusiastic about and committed to leading the charge to create more family-friendly workplaces in North Carolina. In our first biennial report, Accelerating Change, we highlight our impact and outline strategies for moving forward this year and beyond.

Since inception, Family Forward NC has propelled employer-led change across North Carolina. One year ago, we released our Guide to Family Forward Workplaces, a groundbreaking online and print tool to assist employers in creating family-friendly workplaces across NC. Throughout the last two years, we’ve engaged with more than 5,000 NC employers of all sizes and industries through our research, Advisory Council, partner engagements, case studies, business roundtable discussions and presentations of the Guide in partnership with chambers of commerce and business associations and at key influential events.

As we move into year three of Family Forward NC, the opportunity to create more family-friendly workplaces continues to grow. With most state and federal employees gaining access to paid parental leave in 2019, the spotlight now moves to private sector employers to compete by expanding their own family-friendly policies.

Be inspired to make change in your workplace – read Accelerating Change.