Corporate Social Responsibility at Thales in Germany
For more than 20 years, Thales has pursued a robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy based on the highest international standards. The principles behind this policy are now captured in the company’s purpose of “building a future we can all trust”, which was adopted in 2020.
Through this approach, the Group is striving to meet the expectations of customers, employees, investors and the financial markets in terms of its business performance, its potential for innovation and awareness of its responsibilities, and to respond to current demand for greater trust and transparency in stakeholder relations.
Further information on the Group's corporate social responsibility policy can be found here.
Being a responsible company
For more than 20 years, Thales has pursued a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy based on the highest international standards, close cooperation with the company’s stakeholders and commitments supported by the Group’s highest governance bodies.
Thales introduced a corruption risk prevention policy in the late 1990s in order to protect itself from corruption and bribery, which represent a major risk for multinationals. This policy is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect increasingly strict international rules and requirements on corruption and influence peddling.
Thales’s resource management policy guides its efforts to preserve water, reduce its use of raw materials, produce less waste, recycle more, become a more energy-efficient business, and shrink its carbon footprint.
Teams that reflect the diversity of Thales's customer base and of the company itself make a real difference, enabling us to transform the most innovative technologies into creative, resilient and sustainable solutions that meet people’s needs.
For many years, Thales has been committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees, where everyone has the trust and support of management and the tools and resources they need to do their jobs while enjoying a healthy work life balance.
For Thales, as a socially committed company, investing in the development of talent – against a constantly changing economic and technological backdrop – brings major challenges in terms of employability and professional fulfilment.
Thales is committed to creating a respectful, equitable, stimulating work environment, where creativity is encouraged, and where valuing each person's authentic self is a prerequisite for individual well-being and collective success. Trust within teams reflects the trust customers place in Thales.
Because trust is essential for societies to flourish, innovation should be available to everyone. Thales is committed to sharing its talent and expertise with civil society so that everyone can be a part of the decisive transformations of the future.
Created in 2019, the Thales Solidarity charitable fund took over from the Thales Foundation, whose mandate ended after five years of significant achievements.
As one pillar of the Group's corporate citizenship programme, the fund is the Group’s mechanism for funding and supporting community engagement projects and initiatives while ensuring sound project management and the efficient use of funds.
The Thales Solidarity programme supports initiatives across the Group that aim to leverage innovation and technology to serve three focus areas, which draw on Thales’s culture, expertise and ambitions.
The Thales Solidarity programme makes it easy for employees to get involved in a variety of ways through its online engagement platform. The programme aims to meet the needs of partner organisations by connecting them with employees who wish to contribute their knowledge, expertise, time, generosity or simply their energy.
Trust is the basis for a successful collaboration with our partners. We orient ourselves towards our customer’s sustainable success and maintain partnerships with institutions and companies with safety tasks as well as with local and international technology and research partners. We see ourselves as an attractive employer and engage in local social projects.
Diversity & Inclusion
We actively advocate diversity, create the necessary framework conditions for it and are committed to consistently promoting all forms of diversity. We are convinced that we achieve the best results with mixed teams and that equal opportunities are a matter of course. The signing of the LGBT+ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Intersexual and Others) Charter in France in 2019 is the consistent continuation of this principle. In doing so, we want to encourage all employees to bring their different perspectives and experiences to the company. Although the LGBT+ Charter currently focuses only on companies in France, the goals and principles enshrined in it naturally also apply as a framework for our activities at Thales Germany. As an important part of our Diversity & Inclusion strategy, they should be reflected in our daily actions.
The LGBT+ booklet aims to move beyond misconceptions and stereotypes and give everyone the opportunity to be more inclusive in the ways they behave:
Since 2011, we have signed the Diversity Charter and are committed to advancing the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the world of work in Germany and to creating a prejudice-free working environment.
Our activities in the area of Diversity & Inclusion
We are pact partners of the National Pact for Women in MINT Careers (mathematics, engineering, natural sciences and technology). “Go MINT” is the only nationwide network initiative that gets girls and women interested in MINT studies and professions. As a global player with large international projects, one of our strengths is the diversity among our employees. We love equality of opportunities and actively support mixed teams. Getting young women interested in technical careers is one of our principal concerns.
Girls often shy away from technical topics. They therefore often do not focus on technical professions in their career choice. The Girls‘Day provides girls from 5th grade onwards an insight into the interesting opportunities of technical professions, and shall get them interested in an apprenticeship or study in this field. On Girls‘Day, specifically young women can take the opportunity to get insights into the fields of work at Thales Deutschland, to learn about our educational and study opportunities in the technical field, and to gain first practical experiences in the course of a technical project. We as a company take our social responsibility seriously. Equality of opportunities must become a matter of course and we purposefully support that, especially with regard to development and career opportunities for women in all occupational fields.
For Thales, the International Women in Engineering Day is an annual opportunity to bring together young female graduates, female students and young female professionals with female employees of the company. The aim is to provide insights into the various technical professions, to discuss career opportunities and to exchange experiences. We are convinced that mixed teams obtain the best results. Thales proactively supports gender equality. One of our principal concerns is getting women interested in technical professions and the technology sector, to attract them to our company and to support them in shaping their careers.
Each year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a global celebration to keep alive the public awareness of the challenges for persons with disabilities, and to promote the commitment for dignity, rights and well-being of these people. The DUOday is a campaign for more diversity and inclusion, where persons with disabilities are invited to companies and institutions to spend a day together with the employees as a DUO, and to gain insights into their everyday work. The close contact reduces fears of contacts and possible prejudices, experiences are shared and all persons involved learn from each other. Thales Deutschland uses this day as an opportunity to affirm our commitment to an inclusive company culture, and to address the situation of persons with disabilities.
The integrative football tournament is organised together with different local companies and various institutions for persons with disabilities. For the teams, the focus is not on winning. It is more about fun, playing together as a team and natural togetherness of young people, because: It’s diversity that counts! The participation of the dual students and apprentices from Thales Deutschland as a team at the integrative football tournament offers young women and men the opportunity to campaign for inclusion and to send out a signal. One of our principal concerns is to make diversity and inclusion a matter of course and to deliberately build bridges between people.