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Centrimex: committed to gender equality and diversity

As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Centrimex, you will also be in charge of sustainable development projects. What is your role in implementing diversity, gender equality and societal commitment initiatives?

As CSR Project Manager, my role is to develop strategies that align our business objectives with our CSR commitments. I orchestrate ecological initiatives, supervise sustainable development projects and ensure that our CSR actions are effectively communicated. Finally, I ensure that we live up to our commitments as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, making our positive impact a daily reality.

Can you tell us about Centrimex’s gender equality initiatives?

At Centrimex, we take a proactive approach to gender equality. We don’t just meet minimum standards, we aim for excellence. We implement initiatives designed to eliminate barriers and create a working environment where everyone has the same opportunities.
Once again this year, the Group reports an excellent gender equality index score of 99 out of 100 !

What measures have been taken to guarantee such results?

We realised that pay equity doesn’t happen by accident. This is why we have put in place control mechanisms to monitor and correct any pay discrepancies, and regularly encourage managers to take an interest in the subject, while communicating on best practices. Attitudes are changing and it shows.
In 2019, we recorded a 5.85% pay gap in favour of men. Today, this gap is 0.5% for 2023, and is now in favour of women. These are the results of hard work and a firm commitment to equality on the part of Centrimex management.

How do you explain the high proportion of women in Centrimex management?

Firstly, the diversity of the Executive Committee, which is predominantly female, is another indicator of Centrimex’s commitment to promoting female leadership. In addition to that, 50% of the heads of commercial representation offices in Africa are women, as well.
This high level of female representation in management and executive positions is the result of our commitment to promoting female talent. We firmly believe that diversity within our leadership is a strength that enables us to make more balanced and innovative decisions.

What is Centrimex’s commitment as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact?

As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, we are committed to ten fundamental principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. This commitment guides our actions and our corporate strategy. March, for example, is International Women’s Month for the United Nations. This is an opportunity to focus our actions on the issues of diversity and gender equality.

How does Centrimex integrate the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its business practices?

The 17 SDGs are integrated into our corporate strategy. We are actively working to achieve them, whether by promoting gender equality, working to eradicate poverty or fighting climate change.

What other initiatives or actions has Centrimex undertaken as part of its commitment to sustainable development?

In addition to our commitments to gender equality and diversity, we are taking many other steps to promote sustainable development. This includes reducing our carbon footprint, which we are currently working on, optimising our energy consumption and setting up awareness-raising programmes for our employees on sustainability issues.