Best Employer for Women
Our intention is to become the best employer of women by 2025 in the world and we will be relentless in our efforts towards this. Vittorio Colao, our Group CEO, has
"A dream, an ambition, which is to have the whole of Vodafone … as the best place, with a reputation of being the best place for women to work, become managers, become executives, become senior executives."
The ReConnect programme is designed to attract talented women who have left the workplace for several years and would like to return to work on a full-time or flexible basis but are struggling to make the professional connections needed or refresh the skills required.The programme will complement other Vodafone global initiatives focused on encouraging and supporting women in the workplace including the Group’s ground-breaking global maternity policy announced in March 2015.
Maintaining work/life balance is a challenge, we support our employees in achieving this by creating a flexible working environment.Our global pioneering maternity policy across 30 markets offers all women a minimum of 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave, and when they return to work they can opt to work 30 hours per week on full pay.As well as saving businesses up to $19 billion, this support could save families almost $140 billion worldwide, and these babies would gain 608 million additional days with their mothers.Better maternity. Better business. Better for families
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT+) & Friends Network is working to connect and support our people on LGBT+ matters, whatever their background and wherever they are. It’s also helping to champion inclusion and celebrate diversity at work and in the community - all part of our approach to support our people to be at their best and have a great experience working with us. Vodafone has launched a multi-country programme ‘LGBT+ and Friends Connect’, which is aimed at hiring and supporting LGBT+ people in their first jobs and providing training for managers. The programme was informed by new international research, commissioned by Vodafone from research firm Out Now, which surveyed more than 3,000 LGBT+ people across 15 countries and multiple industries. The research found that more than half (58%) of young LGBT+ people are not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at work because they worry they will face discrimination from managers and colleagues, with 1 in 3 (31%) LGBT+ people admitting they went ‘back into the closet’ when they started their first job. This figure rises to 41% among 18-25 year olds. Vodafone is committed to creating a culture where employees can be open about their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Vodafone is leveraging its technology to support our customers with disability and to create an inclusive workplace that encourages all disabled employees to perform to their full potential.