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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

On December 21, ENGIE and the three European trade union federations (IndustriALL EPSU, and EFBWW) signed a new European Agreement of indefinite duration on professional gender equality.

The objective of the agreement is to 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.

To encourage women’s career development in the Group, ENGIE will pay particular attention to women occupying non-managerial positions, including technical areas.

All the companies of the Group in Europe will develop and follow their own action plans that will implement the agreement. All the action plans will be committed 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 has been for several years engaged in measures to improve gender equality. The Group’s diversity and equality policy has been ambitious for over 10 years, and ENGIE has signed partnerships with various external organisations acknowledged for their activity in improving gender equality.

ENGIE is the only company listed on the CAC40 (Cotation Assistée en Continu) whose CEO is a woman. With 56 % of women directors, it is also among the FortuneGlobal200 companies with most women in the board of directors. In 2008, the Group launched the WIN network which now consists of almost 2,000 women working in different occupations, in 20 countries.

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

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