Air France strengthens its commitment to diversity and “takes off under the Rainbow”
Air France reaffirms its commitment to inclusion and respect for diversity. Within the framework of the 6th three-year agreement on gender equality in the workplace, renewed for three years in 2022, Air France is making paternity and childcare leave accessible to the two fathers in same-sex couples. Already offered to both mothers in a similar same-sex relationship, this measure allows all couples to take full advantage of their new parent status and care for their child in optimal conditions.
This new measure is part of the policy to promote diversity and fight discrimination that Air France has been implementing for several years.
At Air France, only skills matter in the workplace
Air France has been committed for many years to fighting all forms of discrimination and promoting an inclusive work environment in which all employees can be themselves. This policy is based on four main priorities -
- Creating an inclusive environment for all LGBT+ employees;
- Ensuring equal rights and treatment for all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation;
- Supporting employees who are victims of discriminatory comments or actions;
- Measuring progress and sharing best practices in order to improve the general working environment.
In its joint work with Personn’ailes, the company’s LGBT+ association set up over twenty years ago, Air France continues to roll out its awareness and prevention actions with company staff.
In 2019, the company also signed the LGBT commitment charter of the association l’Autre Cercle, which fights against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In 2020, Air France also took part in l’Autre Cercle’s second barometer on the inclusion of LGBT+ people in the workplace in France. More than 600 employees were surveyed within the company, and nearly 90% of them said they were satisfied with Air France’s diversity policy against discrimination.
Two rainbow days on 16 and 17 May
Air France is celebrating the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia with various events and actions organized for its staff and customers.
The following events were organized on 16 May -
- A live event on Instagram, accessible to all, was organized by Personn’ailes, with the participation of guests of the Air France group and key representatives from associations and civil society. This live event was also attended by Mathieu and Alexandre, from the TV programme “l’Amour est dans le Pré’, who talked about their prevention actions in middle and high schools in mainland France and the French Caribbean.
- A conference for company staff, with Anne Rigail, Mathieu and Alexandre, organized jointly with the diversity teams and the association Personn’ailes. Discussions centred on the issue of trans-identity in the workplace, LGBT parenting and the awareness-raising actions needed to continue to fight stereotypes.
17 May 2022 is marked by a series of special events within the Air France KLM group -
- Special “Rainbow” LGBT friendly flights operated for the first time and simultaneously by Air France, KLM and Transavia, will fly from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to New York and Billund, Porto and Lanzarote on departure from Paris Orly, in the presence of Ben Smith, Anne Rigail and Nathalie Stubler.
- A fundraising appeal launched by the association Personn’Ailes to support SOS-Homophobie. Contributions can be made to this donation campaign throughout the month of May.
- The adaptation of the Air France logo to the colours of the rainbow flag on the company’s social networks, in support of the different actions organized to fight all forms of discrimination.