Gender equality, a priority at the heart of Orange’s equality policy

The workplace equality policy and the efforts made by Orange over many years to achieve workplace gender equality, make Orange a reference in this area.

This includes the implementation of commitments made in the agreements signed with social partners. But above all, every day, this is achieved through the commitment of every employee and manager to promote equality. The score of 94 out of 100, which Orange has just achieved for gender pay equality, illustrates this commitment.

“Orange has made workplace gender equality a priority and a strategic focus for several years. We are very proud to see that the efforts made have enabled Orange to become a model company in this area! This encourages us to continue our policy and our efforts, which, to be effective, must be maintained over time,” said Valérie Le Boulanger, Head of Group Human Resources.

The workplace equality policy implemented by Orange is based on four pillars:

  • Promoting a balanced representation of women and men in all Group professions, in particular technical professions:
    -    to achieve this, Orange supports the recruitment of women to fill technical positions through classes for female technicians, project managers and engineers. After a 6 to 12-month work-study course, the women are put forward for vacant positions within the company. In total, 436 women at Orange have benefited from these classes since 2012, and 104 are currently in training.
    -    Orange employees are also committed to raising the awareness of young women in schools about technical and digital jobs, through various schemes including the Capital Filles non-profit organisation.
  • Facilitating women’s access to leadership roles and their representation at every level of the company:
    -    1/3 of the members of the Executive Committee are women, demonstrating Orange’s strong commitment to this point.
    -    Orange fosters women’s career development within the company with specific support and training programmes, so that they integrate every level of the company, especially management positions.
    -    The Group’s talent pool, which contributes to the top 1000 positions in the Group, is made up of 50% women.
  • Establishing equal pay: as part of its social dialogue, every year Orange devotes specific budgets to eliminate unjustified pay gaps between men and women and to help greater numbers of women access senior positions.
  • Allowing employees to achieve a good work-life balance:
    -    Orange promotes telework, which enables employees to achieve a better work-life balance. Over 8,000 employees already benefit from this work organisation.
    -    In the 5th agreement on workplace gender equality and work-life balance signed in January 2018, Orange went even further with several new measures: a new parenthood guide taking into account social developments, the extension of the paid leave gifting scheme, and the provision of a “my loved ones and me” platform for employees who are family caregivers.

Orange raises the awareness of all its employees about the issues of workplace equality and the fight against sexism via a digital visa focused on the subject. Almost 6,000 employees have already followed this course.

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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2018 and 148,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2019, including 88,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 268 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2019, including 209 million mobile customers and 21million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new "Engage 2025" strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.

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