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GDF SUEZ and the social partners sign a European agreement on professional equality for women and men

June 8, 2012

GDF SUEZ and the European Trade Union Federations  of EPSU, IndustriALL, and CEC as well as the representatives of the Group’s trade union organisations in Europe signed the Agreement for Professional Equality for women and men on 5 June 2012.

The signatories of this new European agreement aim to make equality a reality by promoting equal opportunities and equal treatment in order to encourage Diversity at every level of the company.

The signatories agreed that the following strategies be implemented in order to achieve professional equality across all the Group’s European entities:

  • guarantee equal opportunities in recruitment,
  • support all employees through career changes and development, while respecting equality,
  • monitor salary equality,
  • ensure a better relationship between home life and work life, as much for men as for women,
  • prevent behaviour which is detrimental to the dignity of men or women,
  • increase diversity within personnel representation bodies.

In order to cover all the agreement’s themes, all European Group companies with more than 150 employees will draw up and comply with an action plan with local social partners.

This agreement takes into consideration the quantitative objectives fixed by GDF SUEZ for 2015 :

  • 1 executive out of every 3 appointed will be a woman,
  • 35% women at full potential,
  • 25% of executives to be women,
  • 30% of new recruitments to be women.

It adds to the Group’s various partnerships already in place for several years with external agencies recognised for their Diversity-related projects: PRESAGE (Gender Studies Teaching and Research) jointly undertaken by Sciences Po and the French Economic Observatory (OFCE), etc.

With this new European agreement, GDF SUEZ is consolidating its commitments as a benchmark employer and is asserting its innovative and socially responsible approach.

GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented on the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.

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