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SEMI Europe and the SEMI European Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion yesterday announced Soitec as recipient of the 2021 SEMI Industry Leader in Diversity and Inclusion Award. Pascal Lobry, Executive Vice President of People and Sustainability at Soitec, accepted the award yesterday at the Future of Work session at SEMICON Europa 2022.
Established in 2019, the SEMI Industry Leader in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes European semiconductor companies that have demonstrated leadership excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion and implemented practices that advance their workforces and the industry at large.
“A diverse, highly skilled workforce is crucial to the European semiconductor industry’s ability to innovate and remain competitive amidst global disruptions,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “We applaud Soitec for its tremendous workforce development leadership and contributions to the industry.”
“We are honored to receive this award in recognition of Soitec's commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Soitec’s Lobry said. “For decades, we have implemented comprehensive practices that combat gender stereotypes and nurture a workplace where equitable access to promotions and merit-based increases is guaranteed. Today, we are proud that our commitment is reflected in a steadily rising number of women at all levels of the company, especially in management positions. We will continue to develop innovative approaches to promote even greater diversity and inclusion at Soitec.”
Soitec Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Soitec first implemented gender equality practices in 2007 and in 2021 began work with trade unions to combat gender stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people, an initiative that includes support for parental rights for same-sex couples, assistance for people in gender transition, and programs to combat sexist behavior and gender stereotypes.