Thales takes the International Women's Day on 8 March as an opportunity to focus on equal opportunities for women and men of all nationalities and to build awareness for the importance of diversity in society as well as in our company. Because being as convinced as we are about the fact that best results are achieved with mixed teams, equal opportunities must become a matter of course.
This is what our employees are convinced of: Under the motto #EachforEqual, they are demonstrating their conviction and thus showing their support of equal opportunities:
With this, our employees emphasise the strategic ambitions for promoting diversity & inclusion at Thales. In Germany, we have defined ambitious action plans and targets in order to actively promote diversity and make it an essential part of our corporate culture.
One focus is on our “WomenUp!” programme specifically encouraging equal opportunities of women and men in our company. The women's network WomenTogether invited Dr. Christoph Hoppe, CEO Thales Deutschland, Bernd Schopp, Vice President Human Resources Thales Deutschland, and Dr. Anusch Arezki, Director Strategy Thales Deutschland, for a talk with all female employees at the headquarters in Ditzingen. With a total of twelve initiatives, WomenUp! covers a wide range of topics to support women during their further development at Thales Deutschland – from further flexibilisation of working times, additional possibilities for working part-time such as job sharing and a return-to-work programme after parental leave, to a mentoring programme and regular gender pay gap analyses to ensure equal payment for women and men. Another important component is an awareness-raising training for managers targeting at the reduction of stereotypes and substantiating the important and positive aspects of diversity. There was an open and animated exchange on the progress of the initiatives, the measures planned for this year and other topics moving our female colleagues.
Studies prove that a strong network and a high level of recognition have a significant impact on career possibilities – this is exactly where many women still have some catching up to do. This is why the women's network came up with a new format to support female colleagues in forming networks through lunch dates. At this week's kick-off event, the first interesting contacts were already made via speed dating. These contacts will now be deepened individually, for example in the form of peer mentoring between female colleagues.
#TogetherWe #eachforequal #IWD2020