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Thales Earns Top Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Accreditation in the United Kingdom

06/03/2024

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Thales Transport in the UK has achieved the EW Group's Diversity Development Standard Silver accreditation.

This achievement demonstrates Thales commitment to EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) in recruitment, talent development and employee engagement.

Since 2022, Thales Transport in the UK has proactively assessed and improved its EDI practices, led by an insightful independent audit by EW Group

Key drivers of Thales EDI vision.From left to right: Taija Clarke, EDI Lead; Eleanor Wase, Social Value and EDI Lead; Jo Pennell, Strategic HR Business Partner; Andy Bell, VP; David Palmer, Operations Director; Gillian Walton, Head of HSE and Physical Security.

Thales, has been awarded the EW Group's Diversity Development Standard (DDS) Silver accreditation, making it one of the first in the industry to solidify its commitment to fostering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the rail sector.

The DDS accreditation sets rigorous standard for promoting EDI throughout all aspects of organisational operations, including recruitment, learning and development, and employee engagement. By meeting these standards, Thales reaffirms its dedication to creating a workplace environment that celebrates diversity and empowers all to thrive.

Thales Transport in the UK embarked on its EDI journey in 2022, when it engaged the EW Group to help assess its existing EDI policies and initiatives. Since then, Thales has partnered with the EW Group to review policies, procedures and documentation, as well as conduct focus groups with staff, to help identify areas of enhancement.

The findings of this independent assessment informed a series of new policies and decisions, such as revamped recruitment processes; the appointment of a new EDI lead to bring expertise and a fresh perspective to drive change; and the creation of dedicated employee resource groups (ERGs).

Following this significant milestone, Thales, a signatory of the Railway Industry Association's EDI in Rail Charter, recognises that the Silver accreditation is a stepping stone on its EDI journey. As part of its continued evolution in this space, its sights are firmly set on attaining EW Group's prestigious Gold accreditation in the future.

As a leader of an increasingly diverse workforce, I have always believed that diversity is a necessity. Earning the EW Group's Silver DDS accreditation is not just an achievement, it's a starting point for building an inclusive organisation that empowers everyone to succeed. I am proud of our Social Value team who have demonstrated a meaningful, long-term commitment to fostering diversity through equity and inclusion across the board. I would also like to thank the EW Group who have helped us make phenomenal strides towards EDI excellence. Andy Bell, VP, Thales GTS UK

The Silver DDS status demonstrates the progress Thales has made, from creating Employee Resource Groups to enhancing our EDI policies. In addition, combining our EDI efforts with Social Value has enabled us to understand and break down potential barriers both internally, and within the local communities, we work in. I look forward to taking what weve started to the next level in 2024. Eleanor Wase, Social Value and EDI Lead, Thales GTS UK.

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