In 2016, Groupe PSA signed up to the Women's Empowerment Principles of the United Nations. This global commitment reflects the Group's policy of gender diversity and professional equality.
17 Group countries from four continents have just participated in a self-assessment of their practices with regard to the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The review serves to identify best practices adopted in the Group’s various host countries. It also helps identify new initiatives for progress.
There are 7 Women’s Empowerment Principles:
- The company’s management is committed to gender equality
- HR rules and processes have been laid down to uphold equality between women and men
- Protection of health, safety and well-being at work is guaranteed for employees of both genders
- Women’s access to all jobs and levels of responsibility is encouraged
- Equality is promoted among the company’s various partners
- The company is involved in initiatives and advocacy in its host communities in favour of gender equality
- Action plans have been drafted and progress is measured
Best practices this year:
- In the “Develop the Group’s appeal for women” category: PSA Retail in several countries for its communication initiatives to attract more women to sales and after-sales service jobs and Morocco for its recruitment project aimed at integrating 25% of women among the Group’s new employees and its communication with schools.
- In the “Diversity and professional development” category: Belgium for implementing personal development workshops for women managers in 2017. Breaking down stereotypes and self-censorship, developing leadership and learning to be bolder were the main themes of these training workshops.
- In the “Deconstruct stereotypes” category: Spain for having implemented a very comprehensive mobilisation and awareness policy, notably by federating men and women in commemorative actions throughout the year, in particular to mark world diversity and equality days. In 2017, the Group’s various Spanish locations celebrated Women’s Day by involving men and women in the “He For She” campaign.
- In the “Take parenthood into account” category: Portugal for its policy fostering the protection of pregnant women through a specific interview with the line management before and after maternity leave in dealerships, and for the institution of a specific equality day at the Mangualde plant to increase awareness of co-responsibility in the personal and family sphere and, above all, to change mindsets with regards to the traditional roles of men and women.
Equality and Diversity
Renewal of the Equality and Diversity labels awarded by AFNOR
Groupe PSA has been awarded France’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Labels, in recognition of the best practices implemented across the organisation to encourage diversity, prevent discrimination and support gender equality in the workplace.
The labels were presented following a certification process led by French standards agency AFNOR, an audit performed in several facilities and hearings held by each label’s joint commissions, whose members include representatives from the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Women’s Rights, experts, employer representatives and union delegates.
- 1st company in France to earn the “Equal Opportunity Employer” label in 2005
Groupe PSA has now been awarded the label for the fifth time and the Diversity label for the third time.
These labels underscore the Group’s assertive policies in favour of gender equality in the workplace, particularly those aimed at increasing the percentage of women in every aspect of the business, and its steadfast commitment to combating sexism, sexual harassment and violence against women They also honour the engagement of the Group’s human resources teams, managers and employee representatives in applying equal opportunity principles and practices. Another strong point highlighted by the commissions was the employment of people with disabilities.
- 108 nationalities represented in the Group, including more than 80 in France.
- More than 16,000 women, representing 18.9% of the workforce (and 20.8% of managers).
- Nearly 29,000 employees over 50, or one-third of the workforce.
- 5,000 young people are being trained in the Group, including 2,525 in work-study programmes. 33% are young women.
- 5,136 employees are classified as disabled, representing 7.3% of the workforce (and 10.3% including subcontractor employees in sheltered workshops).
- Nearly 4,000 managers have attended the “Managing Diversity – Preventing Discrimination” course since 2009.