Recognizing the important role of women in science and technology at Safran
February 12, 2021
With the February 11 celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Safran reaffirmed its commitment to promoting full and equal access to science-related careers for females.
Reflecting this focus, the percentage of women recruited by the Group in recent years has increased considerably – representing 37% of all new hires in 2019.
An international working group and steering committee composed of senior managers and corporate executives guides the company's internal initiatives – which include training programs specifically designed to help female managers and early-career employees realize their full potential.
Also contributing to the efforts are its Women@Safran initiative, created in 2016 to retain and elevate female talent; while mentorship pairing among women is promoted through the North America Mentorship Program to provide career development and advancement guidance.
Inspiring the next generation
Externally, Safran promotes the role of women in industry and actively encourages young women to pursue scientific and technical careers. The Group supports France's "Elles Bougent" association and its European equivalent "Girls on the Move," with more than 300 Safran employees currently involved in mentoring roles. The Group also is engaged in the organization's international initiatives. During Girls on the Move Week in March 2020, Safran Landing Systems hosted groups of local students for tours of its facilities in Walton, Kentucky, and Ajax, Ontario.
Additionally, Safran is committed to advancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education among younger generations of women. For this goal, the Group sponsors programs such as the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's "STEM in 30"– an Emmy-nominated webcast series designed to engage middle school students. This program combines a wide variety of interactive content – including animations, interviews with experts, and unique locations – to inspire the future generation of innovators
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was established in 2015 by the United Nations, prioritizing gender equality around the world. Observed annually on February 11 it is implemented by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and UN Women (the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women).