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22
Dec
2017

ENGIE and the European Trade Union Federations sign a new European Agreement on Professional Gender Equality

ENGIE and the three European trade union federations (IndustriALL EPSU, and EFBWW ) signed on 21 December a new European Agreement of indefinite duration on professional gender equality. Its objective is to entrench the measures already undertaken and embed equality at the heart of ENGIE’s industrial and social project.

Gender equality must become a reality in our Group and this requires equality of opportunity and treatment. Diversity in the company must reflect the society in which the Group operates. But it is not simply a social issue, but also one of performance” stated Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE CEO.

As such, the Group pays particular attention to women occupying non-managerial positions, including in technical areas, in order to encourage their career development. To implement this agreement and to encourage mentalities to evolve, all the companies of the Group in Europe will develop and follow their own action plans which will include a commitment to:

  • enable an equivalent career path, regardless of working time, while promoting a better work-private life balance for both women and men;
  • achieve equal pay for identical working conditions;
  • prevent sexual harassment and sexist behaviour;
  • provide support for reorganisations and mobility while being vigilant in relation to the work-private life balance;
  • ensure that suppliers and subcontractors act in compliance with the laws with regard to equality and non-discrimination.

This agreement is part of the responsible approach taken by the Group which for several years has been engaged in measures in favour of gender equality. ENGIE has signed partnerships with various external organisations acknowledged for their activities in the gender equality field. Internally, for over 10 years, the Group has also had an ambitious diversity and equality policy. In 2008, the Group launched the WIN network which now numbers almost 2,000 women working in all occupations, in 20 countries. The only company listed on the CAC40 whose CEO is a woman, ENGIE, with 56% of women directors, is also the company whose board of directors is among the most feminised on the FortuneGlobal200.

Through this new European agreement, ENGIE is strengthening its commitments as a benchmark employer and is positioned as an innovative and responsible player in respect of its workforce.

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