Schneider Sustainability Report 2019 - 2020: Health and Equality

Innovative policies for great employees
Oct 26, 2020 10:45 AM ET
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Schneider Electric’s greatest resource is its people. This is why the company takes action in support of the health and well-being of employees, partners, and people around the world. Efforts to promote overall wellness, learning and development, and safety are what advance Schneider’s people-focused sustainability goals.

Why are we proactive on this front? Because great people make Schneider Electric a great company. And beyond our own business, we want to help create positive change around the world for those subject to sub-standard working conditions, fuel poverty, inequality, and discrimination. Eradicating poverty means prioritizing quality work and economic growth for all.

"During these challenging times, we've seen how important — even life-saving — flexible work schedules are, especially for women. Schneider is to be applauded for its commitment to flexibility and to helping employees find what works best for them." Kim Azzarelli, Co-Founder and CEO, Seneca Women

A living wage is a basic right.

At Schneider Electric, we believe that earning a decent wage is essential for all. We are committed to paying employees in the lower salary ranges at or above the living wage to meet their family’s basic needs, including food, housing, sanitation, education, healthcare, and discretionary income for local standards of living.

Schneider continues to partner with independent advisor Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) on this topic. Since this collaboration began, we've initiated a global process to analyze our wage levels and employment practices against local living wage standards set by BSR. At the end of 2019, we covered 63 countries reaching 99% of our footprint. This practice will continue in 2020.

Empowering employees in their unique lives

At Schneider, we're driven by our meaningful purpose, and continuously create an inclusive environment where employees are empowered to innovate and be at their best. This is our Employee Value Proposition.

It’s one thing to discuss company efforts, and another to hear from employees firsthand. Around the world, more than 70 Schneider team members have shared personal, powerful stories on our Employee Voices blog since 2018, including:

"At Schneider Electric Malaysia, I stepped up to prove that women can lead the male-dominated industry too. I want to continue creating an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as a real value for the company."  - Astri Ramayanti Dharmawan, Country General Manager, Schneider Electric Malaysia and Brunei

"Throughout my 25-year career path, being exposed to different parts of the business has given me a sense of belonging. Regardless of which role we are holding, every decision will ultimately impact the company and customers. Seeing our efforts come to fruition is one of the most rewarding feelings." - Ernest Elias Sasmita, Logistics Network and Engineering Director, Schneider Electric East Asia and Japan

"The entire maternity leave process was very simple and easy to manage. It is also easy to transition back to work when there is a supportive culture, a nursing mothers’ room, and a complimentary mail service for shipping breast milk home when traveling." - Stephanie Byrd, EcoStruxure Marketing Director, Schneider Electric United States

Our core values challenge the status quo.

Schneider Electric’s core values define the company and its brand, anchor our culture, and help us move in a positive direction.