On the occasion of the signing of the #JamaisSansElles Charter, Microsoft France managers came together at company headquarters on 8 March for the first time in two years.
Their executive committee was the first to join forces with #JamaisSansElles in September 2018. With this charter, prepared jointly with our movement, Microsoft France has committed to promoting the participation and visibility of women in all public events, all internal and external company actions, and in appointments with clients. This company charter has been the model for all the succeeding charters.
Nearly four years on the President and members of the Executive Committee have renewed their signature and are now joined by their community of managers. Today, the company has close to 90 #JamaisSansElles signatories.
In recent years Microsoft France has continued its feminization. For the first time the company is now led by a female president, Corine De Bilbao, who succeeded Carlo Purassanta in 2021. The Executive Committee has almost equal representation, and women make up 40% of management teams. The internal network “Gender” was recently renamed “Gender Diversity”.
An internal campaign invitation to get people involved!
To encourage managers to make a commitment, an internal campaign was launched with the support of Jean-Christophe Pitié, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, and the participation of Natacha Quester-Séméon, our Managing Director. Discussions with managers were organized to present the approach, as well as methods for applying the charter’s commitments. A user guide is available to the signatories.
This top-down approach permeates the various levels of the company’s organization and helps develop over time the commitment of employees to gender diversity in the digital world.
Thanks to Agnès Van de Walle and Laetitia Delpech for their support throughout the year.
Parce que les femmes ont leur mot à dire, aujourd’hui, l’ensemble des membres du comité de direction de Microsoft France adhère à la Charte #JamaisSansElles et s’engage ainsi à promouvoir un numérique plus inclusif !
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— Microsoft France (@microsoftfrance) September 10, 2018
On 8 March the signatory managers posted messages on social networks.
Corine de Bilbao, president Microsoft France: “This week every member of the Executive Committee of MicroSoft France will be renewing their signature of the #JamaisSansElles Charter. We are joined by the entire community of managers of our subsidiary who by this act are leading by example on an issue of critical importance in the digital world. Indeed, I am determined that the digital world will become more ‘feminised’, more open and will offer women career paths where equality and opportunity are no longer empty promises.
With this charter, prepared jointly with our movement, Microsoft France has committed to promoting the participation and visibility of women in all public addresses and in all internal and external company actions.
Microsoft has been closely involved with #JamaisSansElles since 2018. As today is #InternationalWomensDay it is important to remember to redraw the lines in the tech industry, not only for one special day or week but for the rest of the year as well.”
Carlos Mateus, Sales Director: “On the occasion of International Women’s Day I am proud to join forces with #JamaisSansElles in order to act in favour of gender diversity, in all areas of society, by adopting the #JamaisSansElles Charter. In signing the Charter I commit to promoting the participation and visibility of women in all Microsoft public events, internal and external actions.”