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Gender equality

Promoting gender equality

Launched in 2017, the Women[a]GEM initiative aims to:

  • Train responsible citizens in order for future managers to have the ability to recognize and overcome issues related to equality and bias in professional environments.
  • Offer equal opportunity access to students, alumni et employees at GEM.
  • Help partner companies and society as a whole progress along the path towards gender equality through research, recruitment and the exchange of best practices.
  • Become a model and reference point for gender equality in French and European business schools.

In concrete terms, the school negotiated with relevant unions and signed an agreement on April 10th, 2019 to foster equality in the workplace.
In addition, a barometer on the subject of sexism and violence towards GEM students was created following a request by students. The barometer is published every year and actions are also taken to promote equal pay.

Enforcing efforts to improve gender equality

In January 2019, a new decree was issued to provide a framework for gender equality in the workplace. Every year, French companies with more than 50 employees must compile and communicate a Gender Equality Index.
The index is composed of five indicators calculated on the basis of 100 points, with a minimum of 75 points required. The index measures various data in terms of gender equality:

  • Gender pay gap
  • Differences in pay raises for men and women
  • Differences in promotions for men and women
  • Systematic raises for women on maternity leave
  • Number of women in the top 10 earners at a company

In 2018, Grenoble Ecole de Management's Gender Equality Index was 86 points out of 100.