Safran partners the 2010 Women’s Forum

Participating in the sixth Women’s Forum, organized this year from October 14 to 16 in Deauville, France, the Safran group renewed a partnership that it began in 2008.

The Safran group is a "Silver Partner" in the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, a major international event bringing together opinion-leaders and decision-makers from around the world, both men and women. The central theme this year was: "Politics, economy, health, leadership: Change, make it happen." A dozen women from Safran companies took part in the discussions and conferences throughout this three-day forum.

Consistent commitment
"We consider diversity a source of wealth and a key performance factor for our Group," said Pascale Dubois, Safran Vice President for Communications. "Our recruiting policy fosters diversity, especially for engineers and management staff, and we particularly encourage women's access to management positions. In 2009, women accounted for 24 percent of our workforce." Reflecting this commitment, Safran naturally renewed its partnership with the Women's Forum, a unique platform to foster the emergence of new values for progress.

Technologies and Adventures
Among the many discussion sessions at the Forum, Safran introduced the panel on "Sustainable innovation: a success and risk factor". Another highlight for Safran was a discussion on the role of high technology in modern adventures, between Marc Guillemot, skipper of the Safran ocean racing boat, and Alain Souchier, expert in astronomy. The two men agreed that, while we benefit from increasingly advanced technologies, people are still the key to all actions, and are irreplaceable – whether in space or alone in the middle of the ocean!