Professional Gender Equality
Although several legal measures exist to promote equality at work between men and women, inequalities persist. The ENGIE Group therefore adopted a pro-active strategy whose detailed targets demonstrate its clear determination to change attitudes of mind.
Ambitious targets for gender equality
- One in every three senior managers appointed will be female,
- 35% of high fliers (Leaders For Tomorrow) will be women,
- 25% of managers will be women,
- 30% of new recruits will be women.
Defined according to a best-practice benchmark on the subject, those targets were the subject of considerable thought and copious exchanges within the Group in 2010. They were ratified by the Executive Committee and are supported by monitoring indicators. Their progress will be supervised by a piloting committee chaired by a member of the Executive Committee and composed of representatives of the operational entities and posts. The Committee will also be entrusted with taking the action necessary to achieve the targets thus fixed.
Resources to match the Group’s ambitions on gender equality
All the entities in the Group and several of the departments directly concerned are closely associated with this procedure, which has now been added to the actions the Group has been taking since 2008 to encourage the professional development of women. ENGIE has thus set up a female network (Women in Networking), which now has more than 500 members in four countries and a mentoring program, launched in France in 2010 and expected to develop internationally.
The Group also adopted an innovative and ambitious policy regarding parenthood, with an increase in the places available in its company day-care centers for children and the creation of a website dedicated to parenthood. Lastly, partnerships have been agreed with several entities deeply committed to promoting gender equality, including the HEC Prize for Women’s Career Paths.
The “Women on the Move” Association to assist women in their choice of a career
In February 2010, the Energy Services entity of ENGIE signed a partnership with the French “Women on the Move” association. Created four years ago, the association’s objective is to encourage female students and high-school girls to consider moving towards increasingly women-oriented studies or technical sectors. Its industrial partners include Alstom, SNCF, Bosch, Dassault, Thalès, Renault and Safran, and a great many higher-education institutions have joined this movement. The association regularly organizes events to enable girls to exchange views with female engineers or technicians who are making their careers in the large partner groups and to discover their calling.