SUEZ and the European Union Federations sign a European agreement to strengthen professional equality
➢ 3 types of commitments
- 1. Strengthening the gender mix policy to ensure that all SUEZ's activities are accessible regardless of gender considerations: working conditions, and in particular installations and personal protective equipment, must be adapted to promote gender diversity in all jobs.
- 2. Zero tolerance for sexual harassment: tackling sexual harassment and sexism by implementing a targeted policy such as alert procedures, a victim protection system, awareness-raising and training for managers, a helpline and steps against everyday sexism.
- 3. Support parenthood without distinguishing between men and women: combat prejudices related to uptake of paternity/parental leave, encourage flexible working hours and remote working for a better work-life balance.
➢ Quantified commitments
SUEZ counts on all of its employees to achieve the various objectives and, as such, proposes continuing efforts to increase the number of women in the company to 25% overall, 33% women in management on permanent contracts by 2023, mapping the workforce distribution between operational and functional professions and promoting equal pay.
“We welcome the renewal of this agreement as it goes in the right direction. It defines clear values, sets ambitious targets and concrete measures to achieve them. No matter the type of job within the company, driving a truck, working in the administration or being in the management, gender equality must be ensured. A new phase starts now and we will closely monitor implementation, to ensure all workers will benefit from this agreement” says Jan Willem Goudriaan, EPSU Secretary General.