Panel of The European EHS Leadership Conference on 25-26 March 2021
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Laure Girodet: Women in Safety Panel Discussion

Published: August 29, 2021

The European EHS Leadership Conference, devised by Marcus Evans, on 25-26 March 2021.

Executive Summary of a panel discussion with Laure Girodet, Vice President, Group Health & Safety & Crisis Management at Suez and Regine Maegerlein, Senior Regional Manager EHS at ZF Group; about ‘Women in Safety. Make it Positive, Make it Continuous, Make it Your Own.’ Moderated by Romy Semler, L&D leader at dss+ Europe.

The increase of women in the network helps to focus more on human and cultural transformation.

Laure Girodet, Vice President, Group Health & Safety & Crisis Management at Suez
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How can we raise the proportion of female leaders in safety and what are the specific benefits?

Regine: In our organisation, this change began quite some years ago. When you add female HSE professionals to the mix, you can often achieve a quicker culture change. It’s a question of getting the right balance of technical skills needed for machine safety, analytics, alongside the ability to deal with people, communication and leadership. You need both men and women to reach the right balance.

Laure: I agree. The increase of women in the network helps to focus more on human and cultural transformation. During COVID-19, in particular, we have seen that women tend to highlight the dangers of mental health and wellbeing. This care orientation was visible in communication and behaviours. We always need diverse profiles in a team! Read full article (PDF)

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