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Orange partners Women’s Forum 2012 for the eighth consecutive year


Orange is partnering the Women’s Forum in Deauville, giving the Group the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to gender equality, to analyze the societal impacts of digital technologies, and to serve as a guide to the digital world for visitors to the Women’s Forum.

gender equality, a priority for the Group under Stéphane Richard’s direction

The Women’s Forum is an opportunity to repeat that gender equality is one of Orange’s top priorities. This year, Stéphane Richard, France Telecom-Orange’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will attend the “CEO Champions” initiative for the first time. Launched in 2010 by the Women’s Forum and Ernst & Young, this project brings together business leaders committed to taking practical action to advance the status of women in private sector companies.

Orange will also take part in workshops put on by the Diversity Club for Business. The Group continues to pursue efforts in favor of gender equality, with the ambition of :

• fostering women’s access to positions of responsibility: the Group has set a target of filling 35% of senior management comittees with women in 2015, versus 23% today. Progress on this aggressive objective is monitored by the Executive Committee and is included in executives’ incentive compensation;
• assuring equal pay, most notably by maintaining budgets that have existed for several years and that are specifically designed to correct wage gaps where residual discrepancies have been detected;
• encouraging more balanced representation of men and women across all job profiles, particularly in technical fields: to fight the stereotypes that account for the low percentages of women in technical fields, Orange has made efforts to take pre-emptive action at a school level through initiatives such as Capital Filles (“investing in girls”) and “shadowing”. The latter, carried out in several countries within the Group’s footprint, enables female students in science and technology to spend a day with one of the Group’s female engineers or technicians to learn about her profession and picture a career in a scientific field;
• putting measures in place to promote work-life balance: most notably by making sure that parenthood is not a source of discrimination either for women or for men.

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of the France Telecom-Orange group, will participate in the “CEO Champions” policy circle on the topic “What are the different approaches to encourage or to force companies to include more women at the top leadership level? What have been the results? What is the role of the CEO in championing a particular model?”. He will also be speaker at the plenary session “The power of business coalitions for moving the needle” on Thursday October 11 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.

Brigitte Dumont, Deputy Group HR Senior VP, will participate in the Diversity Club for Business session on “How do diverse teams bring more growth?” on Friday October 12 from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm.
channeling the social impacts of new technologies

Working within the Women’s Forum, Orange is initiating discussion and participating in debates on the impact that new technologies may have on society.

The Orange Foundation, for one, is working to make the digital world a factor in social cohesion and solidarity and has joined forces with the Elle and Sanofi Espoir foundations in support of the Women for Education Award within the framework of the Women’s Forum. Based on a call for projects on "How can new technologies contribute to women’s education and to improving local access to healthcare in Africa?”, the award identifies an initiative that shows how development may be served by digital technology. The winning project, to be unveiled during the Women’s Forum, will receive funding and may call on employees of the three partner companies to donate skills or to volunteer their time.

Christine Albanel, Orange’s Senior Executive Vice President of Events, Cultural and Institutional Partnerships and Philanthropy, will distribute the Women for Education Award following a round table discussion on access to education and healthcare via technology on Friday October 12 at 3:15 pm.

At the 2011 Women’s Forum, Orange initiated collaborative in-depth discussions about the transformation of our society through digital technology. Following these meetings, a number of key points were identified, notably the perception of time and its intimate connection to the use of digital technologies. Orange deicded to prioritize this issue by creating the “Collectif du Temps” project. Initiated by Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Orange France, this project aims to analyze the concept of time management in our societies.

Based on a series of discussions and meetings with journalists, web entrepreneurs, researchers, students and philosophers as well as company employees, the project will culminate in the creation of a digital platform offering tools for improving daily life.

During the Women’s Forum, a session organized by Orange and introduced by Christine Albanel will focus on the societal questions linked to digital technologies. Delphine Ernotte Cunci will present the “Collectif du Temps” project, as well as the preliminary findings of regional meetings and she will introduce the results of a CSA survey on “the relationship with time and digital technologies” in the presence of Fleur Pellerin, Vice Minister of Economic Recovery in charge of Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Innovation and the Digital Economy.

The “Impact of new technologies on our relationship with time” session will be held Thursday October 11 at 2:00 pm with Fleur Pellerin, Delphine Ernotte Cunci and Christine Albanel.
digital technology at the Women’s Forum

Throughout the Women’s Forum, Orange is providing its digital expertise at the Social Media Hub, which is located at the Orange corner. Through a series of personalized sessions and presentations, a team of Orange/Women’s Forum instructors will guide participants in optimizing their use of social networks according to their needs and in turning them into effective professional tools. Computers will be set up in the hub and may be used freely by participants to create accounts or connect to them, and the Twitter timeline of the Women’s Forum will be broadcast live on a large touch screen.

Orange is also equipping the site with a complete system of NFC tags (contactless mobile) and QR codes so that participants of the Women’s Forum may access a large database of online documentation and services on the Forum. For example, after each Forum session, attendees may easily download all material concerning the discussions using their smartphones.

Individual coaching sessions will be held Wednesday October 10 from 4:15 to 5:15 pm, Thursday October 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Friday October 12 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The topic: “How to use social media according to your needs”. A presentation will be given Wednesday October 10 from 5:15 to 6:00 pm on “How to embed social media in your business”.
The NFC tags and QR codes will be available all around the Forum, at the Orange corner, and at the exit of the various sessions.

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Orange at the Women’s Forum 2012

Wednesday, October 10

• session (Orange corner): “How to embed social media in your business ?”, 5:15 – 6:00PM
• Delphine Rémy-Boutang, Founder and CEO, the social bureau
• Tiffany St James, Director, Stimulation Ltd

Thursday, October 11

• session (agora): “The impact of new technologies on our relationship with time”, 2:00 – 2:45PM
• Christine Albanel, Executive Vice President, Events, Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy, Orange
• Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Chief Executive Officer Orange France
• Fleur Pellerin, French Deputy Minister for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy
• debate (breakout room): “Gen Y women : what employers need to learn and unlearn”, 3:00 – 4:30PM
• Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Chief Executive Officer Orange France
• Caroline Ghosn, Founder, The Levo League
• Myriam Levain, Author of La generation Y par elle-même
• Pascale Weil, Senior Partner, Corporate Communications, Publicis Consultants
• session (bloom): “Why African women embrace new technologies?”, 4:00 – 4:45PM
• Henriette Billon-Gomis, Director of Communications and Quality of the Orange Ivory Coast Telecom company and Secretary-General of the Orange-Ivory Coast Telecom Foundation
• Christelle Kouamé, Head Manager of Again Agency, Ivory Coast
• CEO Champions (auditorium): “The power of business coalitions for moving the needle”, 6:00 – 6:30PM
• Michel Landel, CEO Sodexo
• Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer France Télécom-Orange
• Dominique Reiniche, President Europe Group, The Coca-Cola Company

Friday, October 12

• Diversity Club for Business (premium amphitheater): “How do diverse teams bring more growth ?”, 11:30AM-12:30PM
• Brigitte Dumont, Deputy Group HR Senior VP, Orange
• Sarah Byrne-Quinn, VP Business Development EMEA, Baxter
• Elisabeth Moreno, Global Account Director, South Region, Lenovo
• Michael Whitwell, President, Central Region (Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Russia, Turkey and CIS), Chartis (AIG)
• roundtable (premium amphitheater): “Reducing education and health inequalities: a priority for social and economic development in Africa”, 2:30 – 3:15PM
• Brelotte Ba, CEO, Orange Niger
• Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Family, Women and Children, Ivory Coast
• Adélaïde Ehouhan, CEO Sanofi Ivory Coast
• Nathalie Delapalme, Director of Research and Policy, Mo Ibrahim Foudation
• Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s issues, US Department of State
• Women for Education Award Ceremony (premium amphitheater): “How technologies can contribute to women’s education and improve access to healthcare in Africa”, 3:15 – 3:30PM
• Christine Albanel, Executive Vice President, Events, Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy, Orange
• Caty Forget, Managing Director, Sanofi Espoir Foundation
• Karine Guldemann, Chief Representative, ELLE Foundation
• Véronique Morali, Founder and CEO,, Vice-Chairman, Fitch Group, President, Fimalac Development and the Women’s Forum
• Valérie Toranian, Editor-in-Chief, ELLE, and President, ELLE Foundation

about Orange

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2012, including 105,000 employees in France. Present in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 224 million customers at 30 June 2012, including 166 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, “conquests 2015”, Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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