Key for successful future development, internal mobility is encouraged to adapt to a changing work environment in the short term and to address the Company’s development needs from a more long-term perspective.
The first triennial agreement concerning gender equality in the workplace was signed in 2003. It is renewed every three years, providing an opportunity for the social partners to move forward on this issue. In 2017, a new agreement was signed for three years covering the period 2018-2020.
Measures to correct pay gaps, improve gender balance within the organizations and increase the percentage of women in management positions are also taken. Professional equality is essentially evaluated on the basis of 3 indicators: diversity, compensation and promotion. For the social partners, the information provided by this data allows corrective actions to be taken.
- At bioMérieux, the Women Ready for Leadership Diversity (WoRLD) internal network works to promote greater gender diversity within management positions.
- On May 30, 2017, the General Meeting of Shareholders of bioMérieux approved the appointment of 2 independent directors: Fanny Letier and Marie-Paule Kieny. The bioMérieux Board of Directors now comprises 10 directors, including 4 women.
- In October 2018, the Montcelard Estate, near Lyon (France), hosted the third edition of the JUMP Forum in Lyon, in partnership with JUMP association. It was open to all companies in the region.
A professional equality index between men and women has been set up following new legislations. In 2019, bioMérieux scored 88 out of 100, well beyond the minimum required by law. According to the calculation methods of this index, the overall pay gap for men is 1.3% and the gap in rate of increase is favorable to women for 3.5%. In collaboration with its social partners, bioMérieux is committed to continue to progress in this direction and to confirm this good performance.
Quality of life in the workplace is a major focus of bioMérieux’s human resources policy. In 2015, a Work-Life Balance program was introduced in France to improve the balance between employees’ professional and personal lives. The program was extended to cover additional countries in the EMEA region in 2016. The implementation of a teleworking policy met with remarkable success.
In France a concierge service opened on 2 sites in November 2017.
“Best Place to Work” approach
In late 2016, the EMEA “Best Place to Work” program was launched to ensure a favorable environment to the professional development and quality of life in the workplace for bioMérieux’s employees.
Since 2008, the Company has carried out initiatives within the framework of the Company agreement concerning employees with disabilities: actions to hire, integrate and train people with disabilities, to raise awareness and train employees involved in integrating disabled workers, and support job retention by adapting workstations. This agreement was renewed in late 2017 for a period of 4 years.
Workplace health and safety
bioMérieux teams are targeting a reduction in the rate of occupational accidents by 2020 to reach a rate of 1.6 or less, which is especially low for the industrial sector internationally. The Health, Safety and Environmental policy, initially developed for production facilities, has gradually been expanded to include commercial subsidiaries as well.
Our US subsidiary launched a road safety training program in 2016 for all employees who use their vehicle for professional purposes.
bioMérieux pays a particular attention to fostering well-being at work for all its employees around the world. In France, the first agreement on quality of life at work was signed unanimously at the beginning of 2019 by the unions present in the Company. This agreement reflects bioMérieux's willingness to continue to develop favorable conditions for the commitment, the motivation of the teams and the individual and collective well-being of its employees. It comes in addition to many measures already in place in the Company. Several priority themes have been defined, including:
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