Airbus brings associations and companies together around diversity

Published on : Wednesday, May 11, 2016

airbusAirbus, in partnership with three associations – Capital Filles, Passeport Avenir and NQT – is organising a forum focused on social diversity and sponsoring young people from unprivileged areas.



This forum will open the floor to young people who have chosen tutoring to develop themselves and as a way to link the education and corporate worlds. The forum will also show what public-private sector commitment can do to improve the prospects of the future young adults by promoting equal opportunities, gender, culture and profile diversity. The forum will be followed by a ‘market place’ to discuss the best practices already in place with different partners.



Some 300 participants will attend the forum, such as young people from unprivileged and rural areas, their tutors, members of the associations, representatives of companies and institutional stakeholders.



Supporting young people from unprivileged areas is one of the key ways Airbus employees are helping young people to develop their career path and discover the corporate world and its codes. Over the last five years, around one hundred Airbus “sponsors” have provided 280 young people with their support through dedicated associations.



“We want to continue building projects to support and accompany young people,” said Thierry Baril, Chief Human Resources Officer, Airbus Group & Airbus. “Acting in favour of diversity, whatever form this may take, goes well beyond a societal and moral commitment. It is the very basis of our identity, our DNA and our core values,” he added.



Airbus has launched numerous initiatives to support social diversity, gender equality and the professional integration of young people. Airbus has welcomed schoolchildren and secondary school students for internships or visits of its sites to discover aeronautical professions.



In 2016, some 50 young people from priority education networks will be welcomed for internships at Airbus sites in France.


In parallel, the Lycée Airbus which trains its students for aeronautical professions admits young people from underprivileged areas each year enabling them to access apprenticeship courses at Airbus or with its partners.



In 2011, Airbus Group signed a long-term agreement on social diversity, equal opportunities and the prevention of discrimination. In 2015, Airbus signed the “Charte Entreprises et Quartiers” (Companies and Neighbourhoods Charter) for contributing to the economic and social development of the priority neighbourhoods.



With a workforce that counts more than 120 different nationalities, speaking more than 20 languages, Airbus encourages every type of diversity (cultural, social, age- and gender-related, etc.) because it is a source of innovation, performance and commitment for its teams.

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