Concrete commitment, measurable objectives
The four key principles of our Inclusion and Diversity Charter are:
Inclusive working environment and talent initiatives
We want our people to thrive together while being able to express their differences. We know how important it is to build an inclusive and diverse culture that embraces learning and fosters trust—a culture where every employee can do its best work and reach its full potential. Ardian has published its Code of Conduct, which is about much more than merely being polite and courteous. It is about considering others, being open to different cultures, communicating respectfully and adopting behavior which reinforces mutual respect and cohesion. We all have a role to play in developing this inclusive working environment, that’s why our year-end appraisals include an individual I&D objective.
All Ardian staff have received training on stereotypes and I&D, and our managers have attended a dedicated training session on Conscious Inclusion. An I&D workshop also forms part of our integration seminars for new joiners.
We are pursuing multiple initiatives to broaden the range of people who feel that joining our company could be right for them. Through our VoxPopuli program we train 20 candidates from less advantaged backgrounds every year to prepare them to apply for internships. We reach out to female business school students through our Generation Women events and are building partnerships with universities that have a more diverse student pool. We go into high schools to show pupils what Ardian does and we use the Ardian Foundation’s network of educational charities to identify talented young people from under-represented parts of society.
We have scrutinized our recruitment processes to ensure they support our inclusion and diversity objectives, in line with local laws around the world. Our HR guidelines require diverse recruitment shortlists that include at least one candidate from each gender. We pay special attention to gender balance among our interns and ensure that we are represented at student fairs by gender-diverse groups of employees. Our HR team specifically addresses the rights of candidates with disabilities and ensures they receive equal access to job opportunities.
Ardian strives to create a secure and ambitious environment in which people can continue to grow. We fully recognize the importance of work-life balance and flexible working for all our employees and provide exceptional support for parents and care-givers. We are studying pay levels across the company by gender and are committed to reducing any differences. We ensure our managers are reminded of our policies on salaries and employment equality before every pay and benefits review. Our thriving women’s club has the mission to encourage parity within Ardian, it gives female staff the opportunity to receive mentoring from senior colleagues and build their internal networks.
Memberships and certifications
Ardian is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to our employees, applicants and candidates based on individual qualifications, without regard to religion, gender, age, national origin, educational background, mental or physical disabilities or sexual orientation.
Ardian Circle - Workshop #1
Ardian Circle is the community of executives and decision-makers from companies in which Ardian invests. Through these meetings, Ardian wishes to support the development of practices that proactively address social and environmental issues as well as transformation challenges that can create value for companies.
Ardian Inclusion & Diversity Charter
At Ardian, we want to have a positive impact on all our stakeholders and we are conscious of our societal role. This charter, which sets up concrete and measurable targets, is a commitment against all types of discrimination and an engagement to promote equal opportunities.