VINCI Energies in Belgium launches second ‘Women in technology’ campaign
For many companies, International Women’s Day each year is the time to put their female employees in the spotlight and highlight their efforts as an organization to provide women with equal opportunities and recognition. However commendable, the ideal of course is to put those efforts into practice every single day, for women as well as other, non-binary gender identities.
At VINCI Energies, this is well understood, as evidenced by the various awards the company has recently received: the X² Genderequivalent Approved Enterprise–quality certificate, the diversity label from the Brussels Capital Region, the Bold Champion Award from Veuve Clicquot for managing director Marc Lemaire and congratulations from sector federation Agoria for its good diversity policy.
Recruiting more women
Through this year’s second edition of the ‘Women in technology’ campaign, VINCI Energies in Belgium wants to continue pushing for more diversity and specifically more women in the workplace. The campaign includes several initiatives to highlight female employees, and to attract more women in the traditionally rather male sectors in which it operates: industrial automation, energy, transport and communication infrastructure, building technologies, fire protection and facility services.
One such way in which the company is trying to break these stereotypes is by putting a female colleague in the spotlight every month on the group’s job portal. All participants in the ‘Women in technology’ campaigns are furthermore invited to a networking lunch, where a number of keynotes on body language will be organized. In addition, VINCI Energies in Belgium is reviewing the wording of its job openings too, to make them as inclusive as possible.
“Last year, despite the corona crisis, we recruited more than 300 new forces, a fifth of them being women. A nice percentage, but one we want to further increase. We need to break existing gender stereotypes and clichés: technology is neutral, and so, everyone is welcome at VINCI Energies: woman, non-binary or man!”, explains Marc Lemaire, managing director at VINCI Energies Belgium.