PSA Peugeot Citroën Earns Gender Equality European Standard Certification

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29/06/2011 | Paris – 29 June 2011

In Brussels, PSA Peugeot Citroën today received the first certification awarded under the new Gender Equality European Standard (GEES).

Cyrille Courtier, the Group’s Director of Employee and Labour Relations, accepted the certificate from Ms Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Vice President of the European Parliament, in a ceremony attended by Ms Nicole Ameline, a former French minister and Chairman of the Arborus Endowment Fund, and Ms Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). Five other companies were also awarded certification during the ceremony.

The Gender Equality European Standard certificate was created at the initiative of a number of large corporations, with the goal of establishing a European methodology for anchoring gender equality in the
workplace. Its implementation is being driven by Arborus, the first gender equality endowment fund set up in Europe.

Gender equality at work is a core component of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s employee-relations strategy, in line with its commitment to responsible growth.
GEES certification has recognised the Group’s commitment to promoting equal opportunity through a variety of programs underway at every Group facility. It will also encourage the Group to pursue its efforts and to deploy new action plans in this area.

GEES certification further supports the new three-year equal opportunity agreement signed in February 2011 with all of the unions, which is designed to drive progress towards three objectives: facilitating the integration of women in a male-dominated industry, guaranteeing equal opportunity within the company and giving female employees access to senior management positions.

In addition, last May, PSA Peugeot Citroën’s Equal Opportunity Employer Label awarded by France’s Ministry of Social Cohesion and Equality was renewed by French quality standards agency AFNOR Certification. The Group also ranked among the top three in the sixth annual Capitalcom survey on gender equality in companies listed in the CAC 40 stock index. Gender Equality European Standard certification represents a powerful tool for federating European countries around a shared dynamic and common initiatives. Today, PSA Peugeot Citroën is committed to eventually integrating new countries into its certification process, with the need to make further progress in promoting gender equality at work.

In 2010, women accounted for 21.8% of the total workforce, compared with 17% in 2002.

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