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    Een sterk engagement voor gendergelijkheid binnen Schneider Electric met het #HeForShe initiatief

    Over 23,000 males employees of Schneider Electric, representing around 20% of the Group total male workforce, signed the #HeForShe online petition.

    Rueil-Malmaison (France), November 13, 2015
    Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announces that as of end of October 2015 over 23,000 of its male employees signed the online petition of #HeForShe, the solidarity movement launched by UN Women in favor of gender equality.

    Created in 2014 by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, #HeForShe is a global effort to engage men and boys in removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential. #HeForShe invites men and boys as equal partners in the crafting and implementing of a shared vision of gender equality that will benefit all of humanity. The ambitious aim is to secure the commitment of 1 billion men to support the issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment, starting at a high level with a simple positive pledge, and moving to a deeper level of concrete action and social change. Men joining the Campaign are counted through online and smart phone activations, rural and urban events, and mobile phone technology activations. Their stories are being captured and shared to inspire others to follow suit.

    “Around 20% of our male employees have already joined this inspiring initiative with a lot of energy and true commitment. And the number is still growing. For all Schneider Electric employees, #HeForShe is not merely a communication campaign but an important change management campaign aimed to improve the relationship between women and men at the workplace across our company and globally, said Olivier Blum, Chief Human Resources Officer at Schneider Electric. As a corporate enterprise, we have a central role to play in this positive transformation and we commit to act as a key agent of change. In this exciting and very inspiring journey toward more diversity and equality, Schneider Electric #HeForShe mobilization message is: a world and a company with more gender diversity and equality means a better world!”

    Schneider Electric started its internal #HeForShe campaign in June 2015. As of end of October, over 23,000 of its male employees signed the petition, with strong employees mobilization in India, Brazil, United States or France... Signatories are encouraged to speak publicly and share their testimonials and commitment to gender diversity and equality internally as well as externally. For example, they can illustrate their commitment by publishing selfies in support of #HeForShe solidarity movement on social media channels. Schneider Electric teams also organize dedicated events and publish their photos and videos on the internal social network of Schneider Electric. Weeks after weeks, #HeForShe becomes Schneider Electric collective voice aiming to change perceptions and behaviours, and engage more men into the global gender equality conversation.

    Hashtags: #HeFoShe # #GenderEquality #IfNotMeWho? #IfNotNowWhen?

    About Schneider Electric
    Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of €25 billion in FY2014, our 170,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies will reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On. 

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