In 2021, IDAHOBIT’s theme came down to four words: Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing. They can take on different meanings depending on our personal understanding of the slogan, but one thing is for sure: they embrace what every member of the company aspires to achieve through the I&D action plan of their business area. Jerome Combe, HO Product Policy and Strategy, says: “As a Business Champion, I believe it is crucial for us to see diversity in all its forms as a source of inspiration and growth. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of the unique outlook every individual brings to the company.”
The IDAHOBIT 2021 slogan encapsulates what we have to accomplish in order for everyone to thrive at work. Just as we are pioneering sustainable aerospace in a safe and united world, we have joined the fight against discrimination to build more connected communities, while we all realise how much we miss being together to defend a common purpose. As a result, we must resist in the face of stereotypes and preconceived notions, or as Combe puts it: “Resist those who don’t respect our differences. When we need to hide because of these reactions, we waste so much energy. Our goal is to make sure it is smoothly redirected toward new ideas and projects within Airbus.”
As for supporting, according to Véronique Dalmasso, Aviation Safety & Quality Project Manager and Business Champion, it is the only way to ensure collective growth in all business areas: “We must bring our unconditional support to diversity in order to realise how strong it makes us.” When battling prejudice, we also shouldn’t forget that the wounds it inflicts need to be healed, so that those who were injured can show their true self to the world, without fearing other people’s reactions. Dalmasso added: “The consequences of these injustices have to be healed, so as to restore the transformational power of our differences.''