Vattenfall Champions Gender Equality at French Ministry’s Energy and Ecology Event

French Minister for Ecology Transition, Christophe Béchu, hosted the event on diversity and inclusion in Paris.

(IN BRIEF) Vattenfall recently participated in a Paris event hosted by French Minister Christophe Béchu, focusing on improving women’s access to careers in energy and ecology transition. Through their partnership with Marie Claire’s “Act for Equality,” Vattenfall highlighted their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Key speakers discussed Vattenfall’s initiatives like “Equal by 30” and addressed challenges for women in the energy sector. The event aimed to promote gender equality, drawing attendees from various sectors and emphasizing the need for government support in accelerating offshore wind projects to create more opportunities for women in the industry.

(PRESS RELEASE) STOCKHOLM, 20-Jun-2024 — /EuropaWire/ — Vattenfall recently took part in a significant event organized by French Minister for Ecology Transition, Christophe Béchu, focusing on enhancing women’s access to careers in the energy and ecology transition sectors. This initiative included Vattenfall’s collaboration with “Act for Equality,” an initiative by Marie Claire magazine, aimed at promoting gender equality across various industries.

Florence Simonet, Managing Director of Vattenfall’s wind subsidiary in France, and Anne-Clotilde Fery, Procurement Manager at Vattenfall, were featured speakers at the event. Simonet highlighted Vattenfall’s commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I), sharing insights into the company’s participation in the international “Equal by 30” initiative. She emphasized the importance of creating equal opportunities for women in the energy sector, citing statistics that show only 21% of positions in France’s marine renewable energies sector are held by women.

During the event’s role model session, Anne-Clotilde Fery shared her career journey and discussed the challenges and opportunities for women in the energy industry, particularly within an international company like Vattenfall. She underscored the company’s supportive work environment and commitment to corporate social responsibility and flexible working arrangements, crucial for achieving work-life balance, especially for working mothers.

Vattenfall also had the opportunity to engage with Minister Béchu to reinforce the importance of government support in accelerating offshore wind projects, which could potentially create significant job opportunities for women in the industry by 2035.

The event drew participation from over 60 representatives from both public and private sectors, along with students, highlighting the broad interest and importance of gender equality in the energy transition.

As part of its ongoing partnership with Marie Claire’s think-&-do-tank, Vattenfall is collaborating to develop recommendations and best practices aimed at achieving gender equality across industrial sectors. These efforts will be presented to the French government later this year, underscoring Vattenfall’s commitment to driving positive change in gender equality initiatives.

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