Safran organizes first "Women, Industry and Development" forum in Morocco

Safran organized the first "Women, Industry and Development" forum in Rabat on Thursday, March 29, 2012, to spotlight its efforts in favor of the employment and training of women in Morocco. We asked Pascale Dubois, Safran Vice President for Communications, to share her insights on this important event.

Why did Safran organize this forum?
Over the last ten years, Safran has established a major presence in Morocco, with six local subsidiaries. Out of the more than 2,700 employees at these companies, some 70% are women. So Safran truly plays a major role in enhancing women's role in industry, and contributing to their professional training. To publicize this work, and share our experiences and commitment to this area, the Group decided to organize a forum for both Moroccan opinion-leaders (including politicians, economists and journalists) and Safran employees in the country. The forum was notably attended by Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran, and Abdelkader Amara, Moroccan Minister for Industry, Commerce and New Technologies.

How was the forum organized?
There were two roundtables on the agenda, one covering the challenges of employing women in industry and the other addressing the major challenge of training. Over a dozen leaders from industry, politics and education discussed these themes, including Adil Douiri, former Minister of Tourism, Anne Nègre, Chairman of the Foundation for Women in Academia from the Mediterranean Basin, Mounia Boucetta, Secretary General for the Minister of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies, and Yamina Kassabi, Vice President for Human Resources at Aircelle in Morocco.

In concrete terms, how does the Safran group support the employment and training of women in Morocco?
Like all Safran group employees, the women here hold a large variety of jobs at our Moroccan subsidiaries – from design and production to the maintenance of complex systems. What's more, Safran units here contribute to Morocco's economic and social development strategy, with women playing a major role.

Safran is of course also involved in the training of both men and women in Morocco. For instance, we have formed partnerships with both engineering schools and universities, including the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research, and the Al Akhawayn d'Ifrane University. In addition, we participated in the creation of an aerospace training center (IMA), that opened in May 2011.

In other words, the Group plays a key role, day after day, by giving Moroccan women opportunities for professional training, and career and social development.

In more general terms, how is Safran's presence in Morocco strategic for the Group?
Our presence reflects a real long-term partnership with Morocco. It could be considered an industrial co-location: Safran's facilities are part of a global value chain, including design, production, manufacturing and support for our systems and equipment. Through these facilities, Safran keeps pace with its growth, while also improving its international competitiveness.

Safran in Morocco

  • 2,700 employees, more than 70% women.
  • Six industrial subsidiaries working on aircraft engine maintenance (SMES, a joint venture between Snecma and Royal Air Maroc), engineering (Safran Engineering Services), electrical wiring (Matis Aerospace* and Labinal Maroc), engine nacelles (Aircelle Maroc) and ID cards (Morpho).
  • Operating in Morocco since 1999, Safran now accounts for nearly one-fourth of the aerospace industry jobs in the country. The Group's industrial operations have also contributed to the emergence of a local supply chain.

* Matis Aerospace is a joint venture between Labinal, Boeing and Royal Air Maroc.