SPIE Belgium recognised for its efforts to promote diversity
Brussels, 24 January 2020 –SPIE Belgium, a subsidiary of SPIE, the European leader in multi-technology solutions in energy and communications, has been awarded the diversity label by Actiris, the Brussels Regional Employment Office. This label is awarded to organisations in Brussels that take steps to promote diversity.
To obtain this label, SPIE Belgium began by analysing the state of diversity within the company. Working closely with Actiris, several measures were then drawn up aimed at improving the company’s policy. Two years later, the implementation of the diversity plan was given a positive evaluation, meaning that SPIE Belgium could be awarded the Brussels Capital Region diversity label.
Annik Vandeputte, HR Development Manager at SPIE Belgium explains: “We have always viewed diversity as part of our company’s social responsibility. This label is recognition of the work we have done internally and adds to our motivation to continue on this path in 2020.”
SPIE’s diversity policy is based on the following criteria: origin, age, disability, level of education and gender. SPIE Belgium has thus taken many steps within the So’SPIE Ladies network to promote job and career opportunities for women. The Belgian subsidiary has also arranged for a series of short, tailored acted-out scenarios depicting situations where discrimination could occur in the workplace. Finally, SPIE Belgium has signed the CEASE charter which aims to make the company a safe place for people facing domestic violence.
Jean-Pierre Martin, Director of Human Resources at SPIE Belgium adds: “This label also opens the doors to the entire network of associations around Actiris, allowing us to accelerate our efforts to promote diversity.”
As the impact of coronavirus on our activities increases and in the face of ever-stricter government measures to halt its spread, SPIE Belgium would like to inform you about the steps it has taken within the organisation.
To this day:
SPIE Belgium has decided not to stop its activities completely, considering that some of these may be essential or even critical to maintaining the activities of companies in critical sectors and essential services that are vital to the smooth running of the country. This is being done, of course, in strict respect of the measures taken by the authorities, and treating the health and safety of our staff, our clients, our suppliers and sub-contractors as a priority.
This unprecedented crisis reminds us of the importance of two of our founding values: responsibility and proximity. By each taking our responsibilities, we will overcome this ordeal.
Drawing strength from our 120 years of experience and from the solidity of the Group to which we belong, we remain confident in the future and in our mutual capacity to adapt and be resilient.