Diversity is our corporate culture
What is now known as “Diversity Management” was a natural part of VINCI Facilities’ corporate culture back before this term had ever been heard of in the business world. Because of the genuine international composition of our corporate group, the fact that diversity enriches business and society in every way, it is not something we just figured out yesterday. In addition to many other values, our self-image also includes our role as an engine powering people’s upward mobility. That’s why the companies in the VINCI Group actively pursue policies which promote equal opportunity, particularly when it comes to employing women, disabled persons, people older than fifty, as well as people with foreign back-
grounds. But to us, diversity management is also an instrument for effectively developing individual skills and talents which serve the individual as well as the entire corporate group. In a respectful and appreciative working environment, this is how we increase our ability to compete with other companies internationally and actively shape our own future.
Work-life balance for employees
At VINCI Facilities Deutschland, we do not rely on quotas, but instead on self-initiative when it comes to supporting women in advancing their careers. We use measures we have developed ourselves to promote their "quota-free" equal opportunity. Back in 2009, Sylvia Schröpl, our head of human resources, encouraged the women in our company to become active in a women's network. Today the network is a fixed part of our company, and in 2012 they already held the 4th Club Pivot Women's Networking Day. For example the women developed a concept comprised of 30 individual measures that pursues goals such as making it easier for women to move into management positions or take maternity leave without having a negative impact on their career. In addition, they also developed models for flexible working hours, self-marketing courses, and mentoring programs. In 2011 the project received an award for innovation from the VINCI S.A. corporate group. The European Social Fund (ESF) supported the project with several hundred thousand euros.