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10/04/2009 | Paris – April 10, 2009

PSA Peugeot Citroën Awarded French Government’s Seal of Diversity

PSA Peugeot Citroën has been one of the first companies to earn the new Seal of Diversity created by the French government. The distinction was presented on Friday, 10 April to Denis Martin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, by Eric Besson, Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development.

The Seal of Diversity is designed to promote best human resources management practices to promote diversity, support equal opportunity and prevent discrimination.
It is awarded after a highly demanding certification process led by AFNOR Certification, the national certification agency. In October 2008, a diversity audit was performed on all of the Group’s human resources policies and procedures.

The award of the Seal recognises the Group’s equal opportunity policies implemented since the signature by all of the unions of the gender equality agreement in 2003 and the signature of the diversity and social cohesion agreement in 2004. These policies have been extended to every host country as part of the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Agreement signed in March 2006. They are regularly tracked and assessed for every category, including visible minorities.

The measures deployed over the past five years have had a major impact. For example, of the 2,743 managers, administrative employees, technicians and supervisors hired under permanent contracts between 2005 and 2008 to work in the French production plants, 24% were women, 6% were non-French nationals, 9% were visible minorities and 33% came from disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. Audits also show that wage increases and promotions are offered in the same proportions as the percentage of each category in the workforce.
The diversity and social cohesion agreement was renegotiated and signed on 6 October 2008 with all of the unions.

In 2005, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the first French company to earn the Seal of Gender Equality.

Hiring, developing and retaining talented people from diverse backgrounds ensures that PSA Peugeot Citroën more effectively reflects the diversity of all its customers.

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