Promoting diversity and equality
Diversity is an issue of particular importance to Decathlon. Our managers maintain diversity within their teams by recruiting a wide range of profiles, all with different qualifications and from various backgrounds. Thanks to internal career management policies, team mates recruited in their native country can decide to continue their professional development by working in other areas of the world. Little surprise, then, that we have no fewer than 94 different nationalities working at Decathlon.
Since the start of 2010, France has introduced diversity managers who are responsible for disability, age diversity and workplace equality:
The first disability agreement was signed in 1999. 2014 saw us celebrate 15 years of this initiative, which we embodied by signing a 5th agreement with our social partners. In order to manage this issue at grassroots level, the diversity manager is supported by three people responsible for disability and who work alongside a network of 140 advisory team mates.
In 2010, Decathlon joined forces with its social partners in France to discuss the issue of seniors in employment. Discussions naturally turned to the additional issue of employing young people and transferring skills. We signed an agreement with our social partners in July 2013, for a 3 year term.
We signed an agreement with three of our social partners for the 2012-2014 period, in order to promote workplace gender equality within our teams. Our HR diversity team oversees the implementation of this agreement and supports the HR teams on the ground. Our efforts are currently focused on four main areas: recruitment, professional development, pay and work/life balance. Female team mates are offered training designed to improve their self-confidence and career management.