What we do to promote CSR
At GEODIS, we believe that although diversity is primarily a social issue, it has also become an economic one. We have chosen to approach this issue from two angles: diversity as well as inclusion and gender parity.
Promoting diversity & inclusion
Inclusion Committees have been in place at the regional and global level for just over two years. The employees on this committee are responsible for implementing programs, measures, and initiatives that will help make GEODIS an Inclusive Company.
For example, several French gas sites have decided to train job seekers in the transportation of hazardous materials. This training-based inclusion program is carried out in collaboration with the Unemployment Office and training agencies; it has led to the recruitment of some twenty drivers with permanent contracts in a field where it is difficult to find workers.
Some regions have also developed job programs for people with disabilities. In the United States, GEODIS has successfully recruited people with autism to perform tasks requiring high concentration. In France, during the European week for the employment of people with disabilities, our Duo Days initiatives (day of discovery of professions by people with disabilities) are beginning to grow. We have gone from 11 duos in 2021 to 34 in 2022
Developing gender parity
The GEODIS Women's Network (GWN) is the group's largest influence network, with over 360 active members. Chaired by Anne-Elisabeth Duchesne, Director of the FMCG vertical market, this internal network brings together women and men to encourage gender parity and changes in attitudes and habits.
In order to help achieve gender equality throughout the group and ensure that women hold 25% of key positions by 2023, the network helps women boost their career development and put together a dynamic and concrete career plan. In particular, it runs a development program in Europe called "Ladies First" to help women develop and improve their leadership.