Health & Equity Highlights

A year of momentum, 2018 advanced Health & Equity at Schneider Electric. Well-being, learning and development, and safety were among our top priorities. By promoting wellness through our programs and policies, we move closer to achieving our people-focused sustainability goals.

It’s not enough to share our goals; we must also measure our progress. That’s where the 2018 – 2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact comes in. Updated quarterly, this tool holds us accountable to take action in support of each objective. It aligns with the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The Employee Value Proposition at Schneider Electric is our way of promising an enriching work experience to all our people. We want our employees — no matter who they are, or where in the world they live — to feel that they can be at their best every day.

Olivier Blum

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

Schneider Electric

A vision of positive change

To strengthen our commitment to current and future employees, we launched a new People Vision in October 2018. This introduced a reinvented Employee Value Proposition (EVP), Core Values, and Leadership Expectations. We are transforming our leadership and culture to build a company of the future.

Our new Employee Value Proposition differentiates us as an exceptional company to work for. It’s Schneider's commitment to engage existing and future talent by ensuring they will:

  • Find their work meaningful.
  • Be in an inclusive environment.
  • Be empowered to make the most of their energy.

Core values

Our core values guide the way we work and act, helping to transform Schneider's EVP into reality. These daily behaviors help anchor our culture and allow our business to grow. They are:

  • Customer first: Anticipate customer needs and go the extra mile.
  • Dare to disrupt: Experiment and act fast to ensure Life Is On.
  • Embrace different: Equal opportunities help us feel uniquely valued and safe to be at our best.
  • Learn every day: Be curious, listen, and be a lifelong learner.
  • Act like owners: We are individually empowered and collectively driven.

Global recognition

Schneider Electric was honored to receive the following Human Resources recognitions in 2018 – 2019:

  • Ethisphere Institute®: 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies®
  • Equileap: Among top 15 companies in the world for Gender Equality, according to Equileap
  • Fortune: Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2019
  • Bloomberg: On Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender-Equality Index for strong commitment to gender diversity
  • Catalyst: One of four companies to receive 2019 Catalyst Award for forward-thinking initiatives

Our voice is OneVoice

To be uniquely valued, employees must be heard. Every year, Schneider employees have the opportunity to speak up via the OneVoice survey. Managed by an independent polling firm, it provides a detailed view of our employees, and keeps us moving forward as a unified force.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Different is beautiful. We have a strong commitment to an inclusive culture and gender equality. That’s why 42 percent of our board members are women, as are 40 percent of Schneider's new hires and 21 percent of our global leadership. Further, our Gender Pay Equity initiative promotes equal pay for equal work. We are committed to helping all employees feel safe to be at their best.


Supporting a healthy lifestyle for all employees everywhere is a key part of our Health & Equity initiatives. That’s why we foster an environment that helps our people better manage their mental and physical fitness. On-site Well-Being Labs offer a health-focused experience through education, events, and more.

Global Family Leave

Our Global Family Leave Policy supports the diverse needs of every employee. Schneider Electric provides fully paid parental, care, and bereavement leave in countries that cover 75 percent of our workforce. We recognize that the definition of family, life, and work vary from person to person. This progressive policy demonstrates our ongoing commitment to employees.

Celebrating our learning culture

In the spirit of lifelong learning, we challenge ourselves to learn every day. To this end, employees are tasked with completing training hours each year. Further, new technologies must constantly be adopted in Schneider's 200+ factories and 100 distribution centers worldwide, creating a need for constant learning to prepare for the smart factory of tomorrow. Employees around the world are invited to participate in Global Learning Days, Learning Week, Learning Development Centers, seminars, and various other opportunities for growth and success. Learning opportunities help maintain a highly skilled workforce, and our employees are eager to learn about how they can contribute to a more sustainable world.

Learning Week

Celebrating its fifth year in 2018, Learning Week once again contributed to our learning culture strategy. It invites employees around the world to collaborate, cross-train, and participate through events such as webinars and workshops on key subjects, collective e-learning, roundtables with leaders, games, contests, and more.

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Global Learning Days

Back for a second year, Global Learning Days offered development opportunities on specific business topics including:

  • Schneider Electric's Products and Services
  • Customer Centricity
  • Digitization and IoT

Go Green in the City

The 2018 winning team created a new Organic Photovoltaic Greenhouse System that generates energy from the greenhouse cover material. It can generate sustainable energy off-grid to increase crop production and advance the global fight against hunger.

In addition to developing our existing workforce, we’re also committed to the talent of future generations through Go Green in the City. In its eighth year in 2018, this international case study competition challenges university students to develop innovative solutions for smart cities on topics including:

  • Sustainability and access to energy
  • Buildings of the future
  • Plants of the future
  • Grids of the future

Participants include individual students in teams of two — of which at least one team member is female — confirming the Schneider commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. Competitors are rewarded with mentoring, networking, travel, cash prizes, and potential employment opportunities.

Bring your green ideas to life. Sign up for Go Green in the City 2019.


As a company that counts more than half of its people in factories or the field dealing with electricity, we must show zero tolerance for unsafe practices and allowing accidents to happen. This is why we’ve established the ambitious goal of 0.88 medical incidents per million hours worked by 2020.

Our 2018 achievements
against our 2020 goals




scored in our Employee Engagement Index



medical incident per million hours worked



of employees have access to a comprehensive well-being at work program



of employees are working in countries that have fully deployed our Global Family Leave Policy



of workers received 15 hours of learning in the year with 30% digital learning



of white-collar workers have an individual development plan



of employees are working in a country with commitment and process in place to achieve gender pay equity