Diversity

We are committed to bringing together an SES team of diverse individuals with different life experiences, different backgrounds, and from different geographies and cultures.

This approach is paramount to serving our customers today and helping us decipher the world’s communication needs of tomorrow. By actively nurturing an inclusive company culture, and appreciating why it is so important to create a fair and supportive work environment for our people, we seek to continue attracting and retaining the very best talent.

We acknowledge that there is much work still to be done, as indeed work must be done in the technology sector as a whole. As an industry leader, SES is fully committed to increasing the number of colleagues from underrepresented groups and to creating a more diverse SES for the future.

We began by analysing and addressing drivers for female inclusion, which is an approach that is also used to maximise the commitment of all diverse groups in our workforce. Currently SES’s workforce consists of 24% women, a figure that has been stable over the last four years but that we expect to grow as part of our diversity strategy. Also, whilst currently 9% of our executives are female, about 27% of our employees below 30 years are female, of which 27% of them are on the executive succession plan and 21% are participants in SES’s High Potential Programme.

We are determined to continue to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and to increase the number of female executives by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, we will introduce systematic and supportive practices in building a female talent pipeline that will sustain long-term gender inclusion.

As of 31 December 2018, the SES group employed 2,102 individuals worldwide. This breaks down to 576 in its Luxembourg headquarters, 572 in the rest of Europe, 593 in the US, and 361 in the rest of the world. SES is a truly international company represented by 76 different nationalities, which is also reflected in the SES Leadership Development Programme. The top five nationalities by number of employees are the US (586 employees), Germany (332), Israel (205), the UK (176) and France (122).