Gender equality at work

At EDF, equality at work takes the form of actions designed to facilitate the everyday working lives of our staff, to improve our recruitment processes, and encourage female recruitment in technical and scientific roles.

In France and abroad, the Group is also committed to gender equality alongside voluntary sector partners and professional networks.

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Equality at work: promoting diversity

Developping diversity is a priority for EDF.

With near 160 000 employee throughout the Group, there is :

  • 26% of female employees
  • 28% of female executives
  • 26% of female managers

In order to ensure the diversity of our recruitment, there is two major women's networks that are open to all :

Energies des Femmes (in France)
Founded in 2005, "Energies des Femmes" is an exchange networking which works on making diversity a matter of progress. The network's actions revolve around 3 guided principles : the contribution to EDF's stakes, participation to informatiinal gathering and personal development. The network now counts more than 1,900 members in France.
Through workshops and conferences, the network reaches out to others within the company and its subsidiaries, as well as to other, external women’s networks.
Today the network has 1,800 members of all different ages working in the full range of roles within EDF Group’s departments and subsidiaries.

Women's Network (EDF Energy in the United Kingdom)
Founded in 2009, EDF Energy's women's network is one of the five employee networks of EDF Energy. It brings together nearly 900 members and actively supports women's careers by proposing actions facilitating the development of talent and female potential (coaching, mentoring, networking...)


We believe that diverse teams are a source of mutual enrichment, innovation, and performance.

At EDF, we strive to make sure that our recruitment and career development processes are free from discrimination, and offer the same opportunities to all of our staff.

We do this by regularly running tests on our recruitment process, and this attention to non-discrimination also involves careful proofreading of external communications and recruitment campaigns.

We believe that diverse teams are a source of mutual enrichment, innovation, and performance. This is why we are seeking to recruit more women. This sometimes proves difficult given that the number of women graduating in scientific and technical fields remains low, and these are the qualifications from which EDF draws most of its staff.

EDF promotes equal opportunity

EDF is constantly working on making social issues a top priority, on topics like wages, career opportunities and access to training.

This is why :

  • 27% of the executive Committee is composed by women
  • 98% of the female employees at EDF have had a training throughout the year

EDF SA signed its first collective agreement on professional equality in 2004, and has since launched many actions to move the lines and mentalities, both internally and externally.

At EDF, we make sure that the recruitment process offers everyone the same opportunities. Checks and corrections are put in place to guarantee equal treatment for women and men in terms of remuneration, mobility and career paths.
On a daily basis, work organizations are dynamic, to allow their employees to reconcile their professional lives (teleworking, the right to disconnect, fight against presenteeism, etc.) and their private lives (flexibility of organization and working time, allowances and childcare).

Encouraging technical vocations

EDF is actively involved on making younger female generation interested in scientific and engineering paths by developing partnerships and relations with universities.

The Group promotes women's careers in technical professions. It supports the feminisation of its recruitments, including technical and scientific jobs (interventions in schools, high schools or colleges, discovery internships, alternation, promotion of the Group's professions to women's audiences). Women are today underrepresented, while they succeed just as well as men.

40% of the student in apprenticeship are women

Since 2011, EDF has been a partner of the "Elles bougent" association, which involves employees of the Group with middle and high school students to encourage vocations to technical sectors and promote their professions.
Another example, since 2009, the association "Women in nuclear", reward each year of women's nuclear courses via the Fem 'Energia Prize.