At Airbus, diversity is a core part of our identity. More than 130 nationalities are represented, and more than 20 languages are spoken within the company. Our employee resource group platform, Balance for Business, includes more than 10,000 employees worldwide that accompany and drive the company culture forward. It manages such topics as work-life balance, career development, integration of disabled employees, furthering gender balance and ensuring company commitment to our LGBTI charter.
In 2011, Airbus signed a long-term agreement on social diversity, equal opportunities and the prevention of discrimination. In 2015, the company signed the “Charte Entreprises et Quartiers” (Companies and Neighbourhoods Charter) for contributing to the economic and social development of underprivileged neighbourhoods.
Some 50 students from priority education networks are welcomed each year for internships at Airbus sites in France. In parallel, the Lycée Airbus trains its students for aeronautical professions and admits young people from underprivileged areas, allowing them to access apprenticeship courses at Airbus or with its partners.
Diversity is not simply about ticking boxes and achieving percentage targets – it is about people being recognized for their uniqueness in an inclusive workplace. It is about better performance and creativity – factors that contribute directly to Airbus’ success.
Many initiatives like the Reverse Mentoring on Digital Transformation programme or the Generation Airbus (Gen-A) network help bridge the gap between generations in order to deliver on our collective goals.
The Airbus GEDC Diversity Award aims to shine a light on successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of engineering schools and colleges. For the fifth anniversary edition, the award was placed under UNESCO patronage.