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Gender diversity award for ArcelorMittal Ostrava

19.01.2017

ArcelorMittal Ostrava has been recognised for its gender diversity during a conference recently held in Prague. The event, dedicated to diversity at work, presented our company with the prestigious award of “Company of the Year: Equal Opportunities”. This special prize was granted by the jury for the support ArcelorMittal Ostrava has been providing to female employees. 
 
The jury decided to recognise a company which exerts every effort to ease women’s work-life balance, through maternal and parental support. ArcelorMittal Ostrava pays attention to maternity and parental leave management and offers paid leave after the birth of a child for fathers or other people taking care of the baby. 
 
ArcelorMittal wants to give a clear message to women: “Don’t be afraid of technical education, a job in the steel industry can be the right option for you”. For ArcelorMittal Ostrava, gender diversity is not a mere rhetorical exercise but they try to put it into practice by increasing the number of women among its ranks although it is not an easy task in an industrial environment. The company makes every effort to make the job more attractive to them by offering all kinds of perks so that women can succeed.  
 
“We are happy to see that all the efforts we put in gender diversity have been recognised by such a prestigious award,” said Vijay Mahadevan, chief executive officer (CEO) of ArcelorMittal Ostrava. “We believe that women can reach great positions at work, and not only positions which are typically held by women. Our goal is to support women in their work-life balance and strengthen their motivation to pursue their career towards senior positions.” 
 
Special development programmes
 
The company runs special development programmes for women and provides them with mentoring and coaching opportunities. In addition, training sessions and conferences are organised with external speakers, as women active in military or justice positions. Such initiatives help ArcelorMittal Ostrava to retain talented women and also to persuade them that it is worth for them to aspire to  a higher position.  
 
One of the company’ current priorities is to increase the number of women in senior positions and focus on the trainee programme recruitment. It is a year-long induction programme for graduates where they also prepare women for technical positions which are scarcely held by women at the moment. 
  
Home officer

ArcelorMittal’s mill in Ostrava provides other services to ease the life of mothers, through the ‘home officer’ – someone who keeps in touch with female employees during their maternity leave, providing them with all the necessary information regarding their return to work, so that their return to the company after maternity leave is as smooth as possible.