Safran signs "generations contract" to support employment of young people and seniors

Safran signed a "generations contract" with unions in September, confirming its commitment to the hiring of young people and seniors. We asked Francis Baeny, Vice President for Labor Relations at Safran, to share his insights.

What are the objectives of this agreement?
The agreement we just signed with unions concerning the "generations contract", for a period of three years, is designed to deploy concrete measures meeting four ambitious objectives: support the integration of young people in the professional environment; favor the recruitment of senior employees, and maintain their employment, organize the transmission of skills and expertise, and foster diversity and equal opportunity.
This agreement, which extends the European framework agreement on the professional integration of young people, signed by Safran in March 2013, also provides for the implementation of concrete indicators, enabling us to measure how well these measures are applied across the Group.

In concrete terms, what commitments has Safran made through this generations contract?
Safran pledges to maintain a proportion of employees 55 and older at more than 15% of our total workforce, a figure in the upper range of the industry average. At the same time, the agreement sets an objective of recruiting at least 40% young people under 30 in permanent positions, for all qualification levels. This is also a high rate for our industry. Lastly, this contract reaffirms Safran's determination to facilitate an improvement in working conditions, reduce drudgery and improve occupational health.

To what extent does this agreement also foster greater diversity and equal opportunity?
It does indeed reaffirm Safran's commitments to diversity and equal opportunity, in particular by strengthening actions to integrate disabled persons and maintain their employment, and promote diversity in the workforce. Our commitment fully reflects the policy we have applied for a number of years to fight against all forms of discrimination. Furthermore, the generations contract provides for a significant investment in training based on work-study schemes, which we largely favor in the Group. With some 3,200 young people in work-study programs in 2012, this arrangement meets our requirement to have a group of trained younger workers, while providing them with a means to sustainably integrate the work environment.