A pro-active strategy and ambitious support programme for women engineers

At Assystem, we firmly believe that gender diversity is key to the success of our business. Back in 2010, the Group put in place a large-scale gender diversity programme named #INCREDIBLEWOMEN.

This programme is based on three pillars – Networking, Hiring and Evolving. Our gender diversity programme involves not only acting upstream by raising awareness among female students about scientific and technological career opportunities, but also measures implemented within the Group in order to hire more women and ensure they are happy in their jobs and have real career paths.

Focused on the theme of ambition, the #IncredibleWomen programme’s outward-looking objectives are to promote scientific and technical careers among female students and to hire more women. Internally, it is aimed at helping women feel fulfilled in their jobs and ensuring they have access to managerial positions. The programme is based on three pillars:

  • Networking
  • Hiring
  • Evolving

The “Networking” pillar means bringing together female employees around the theme of ambition through various measures such as conferences and debates, monthly coaching workshops and sponsorship of employees’ sport and humanitarian projects related to gender diversity. The Group plans to use the “Hiring” pillar to raise awareness among young people about opportunities for women in the engineering industry. An example of our activity in this area is how we joined forces in January 2018 with the French association “Girls on the move” (Elles bougent“), whose aim is to attract more women to scientific and technological training courses and careers. This association has 80 partner companies and 3,500 female mentors. And lastly, for the “Evolving” pillar we are setting up training courses specially designed for women (e.g. “young managers”, “self-marketing” and “women and leadership” courses), as well as awareness-raising workshops for managers and a specific mentoring programme for high-potential female employees.  

Having been a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2011, on 7 March 2018 Assystem signed up to the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles” (WEPs), which are a set of seven principles for businesses, offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace. In signing up to these principles, Assystem has undertaken to raise awareness about its industry among female students, organise workshops with other signatory companies and promote the recruitment and careers of women throughout the world, with a particular focus on the Middle East.