Diversity and inclusion are part of our DNA. The Group, which was largely formed by external growth, has always been careful to respect and promote all cultures and backgrounds. It has set out a simple but all-encompassing principle of ‘visible diversity’, which ensures equal treatment of all its employees, no matter what their age, gender, ethnic origin or disability. It also ensures that this inclusion pledge is upheld by the local managers.
DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
We strive to offer the same career opportunities and prospects to men and women alike. We know that we have a role to play in feminizing our business lines. Although several women already hold site management positions, we are introducing indicators to track the increasing number of female employees to access senior roles.
We are also developing partnerships with training providers, then making specific support available to young employees via a range of training and mentoring programmes. Since 2002, 189 students of 34 nationalities have completed a two-year work/study programme within the Group as part of the I²FA programme in partnership with the École Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers (ESA). In most cases, they have then joined our local teams in management positions.