Thales has been at the forefront of closing the gender gap at its offices all across the world. The company believes that diversity is critical to improving business performance. With leadership in aerospace, space, Defence, security and transportation, the Group employs some of the most highly skilled staff across the globe. Over 80, 000 employees of Thales work in a dynamic, collaborative and inclusive work environment to deliver innovations that make a difference to customers, to society and to the company itself.
Our goal is to match our market leadership with a best-in-class recruitment policy. We hire people from a variety of backgrounds and take active steps to fight all forms of discrimination. Recruiting local staff in all our countries of operation helps us to understand our customers better. And having four or five nationalities working together in the same team generates a range of different points of view that can inspire new ideas.
The core values of the Group are not confined within national borders. Thales believes that having a well-lead and diverse team can lead to a much higher performance within the workplace as it brings with it innovative thinking, increased engagement and employee retention.
As a company known for innovation and high-end technology, Thales provides initiatives that deliver professional development opportunities, meaningful missions and programmes, teamwork and a multicultural environment to bring out the best in an employee.
Today, Thales has women forming nearly 22% of its workforce worldwide. One of the aims of our recruitment policy is to raise that proportion — 27.5% of new hires worldwide last year were women — and to provide more opportunities for women to drive the company's future success.
We recruit a significant proportion of our workforce from engineering schools, but the number of women attending these schools is falling. Thales is trying to address this problem through initiatives aimed at attracting young women to scientific and technical careers, such as the Women’s Forum and the Elles Bougent association.