- Increase the participation of women in management positions
In terms of women's integration, Lafarge Brazil can be seen as a model within the Group. Indeed, as Lafarge launched its Sustainability Ambitions 2020, our Brazilian business tried to achieve the goal of having 35% of senior management positions held by women by setting up a team in charge of the topic.
A number of initiatives were developed and implemented, stating a clear message that Lafarge Brazil is a great place for women to work:
- celebrations for Women's and Mother's Days,
- extension of day care aid to cover children up to the age of 6,
- gifts to mothers of newborns, etc.
The strongest measure was to extend the goal of having 35% of women in leadership positions to the trainee program. 40% of the trainees hired in 2013 were women, and most of them went on to occupy operational positions.
Women now represent 23% of the total employees at Lafarge Brazil. The number of female managers jumped from 2 in 2009 to 15 today and already two women are on the Executive Committee.