Novelis was pleased to host the Tech for Good Tour in its Parisian offices on April 25 to raise awareness among its employees about the social and environmental challenges of tech.
These workshops are organized at the initiative of Makesense and Latitudes, communities of tech actors acting to build an inclusive and sustainable society and to create an engaged and more responsible technology.
Chloé Molle, mobilizer and speaker of the Tech for Good tour team, came to lead a two-hour workshop with Novelis teams. Find below the report of this instructive and dynamic event.
In many companies and in the Tech sector, women often represent only 30% of the workforce and are mostly represented in support functions: at Novelis, they are 42%!
Before you continue reading this, check your average phone screen time over the past week
You should know that 80% of adults spend +3h/day in front of a screen outside of work. What about you?
To conclude on the figures related to our consumption on technological devices: a person changes smartphone on average every 2 years.
This was followed by a moving debate where everyone had to position themselves at a specific point in the room to represent their perception of the role and impact of tech. Are we more sensitive to social or environmental issues? Will Tech save or destroy the world?
The participating Novelians were almost unanimous: for us, Tech can help save the world! Notably thanks to the advances in AI in medicine or via advanced robotics. The opinion was also shared on the risks and drifts related to the overconsumption of electronic devices that pollute and gradually destroy the environment. For example, 200kg is the weight of raw materials needed to build a smartphone of 200g.
Once everyone’s ideas were expressed, Chloe presented us with a theoretical basis on what Tech for Good really is: clearly, a more committed and responsible tech with many causes to defend, but we’ll come back to that right after.
At the end of this short plenary session, we divided into sub-groups to think about the levers of action on these different causes to defend:
diversity in the digital world: to ensure that the development of digital use has an impact on the whole of our society and that it is accessible to the whole population
digital citizenship: practicing forms of social participation that respect human rights and dignity through a more responsible use of technology
digital sobriety: an approach that aims to minimize the environmental impact of digital technology by reducing the energy consumption of technological devices
the respect of the human being: to think about the place of the human being in the digital world in order to avoid deviations and abuses linked to an overconsumption of technological objects
digital accessibility: to allow all people, whether or not they have a disability and without discrimination, to have access to digital information at the same level
The objective was then to select 3 issues around each of these causes and to give ideas on concrete actions to be taken to respond to these issues.
Novelians have mobilized with enthusiasm and many ideas have emerged! An action plan to follow through on our ideas is already being developed.
Once again, thanks to makesense and Latitudes for facilitating this workshop to raise awareness of the social and environmental issues related to digital technology.
It was important for us that all employees be made aware of these issues so that we could be part of a responsible and environmentally friendly global approach.
About makesense & Latitudes
Makesense is a community platform that creates tools and programs for collective mobilization to enable everyone to take action and build an inclusive and sustainable society.
Latitudes is a community of tech actors who act to create an engaged and responsible technology: the goal is to respond to the social and environmental challenges of our time.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Rights Day, we decided to highlight the testimonies and visions of 7 of our female collaborators.
At Novelis, we want to redress the male-female balance in the Tech sector where women are still poorly represented. We are proud to count more than 42% of women in our teams, whether they are engineers, developers, RPA experts, recruiting managers, UX designers, sales people, managers…
We believe that tomorrow’s Tech will be a parity one.
Let’s discover the testimonies
Safae ABDELLAOUI – Test & Quality Engineer
Only 3% of software founders are women, what do you think?
“Tech is traditionally a more masculine environment and some software companies are over 15 years old, a time when women were still less visible in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Despite this alarming fact, actions are being put in place to fight these inequalities and to help women who want to join the Tech world. This gives us hope to make things happen.”
Why is gender diversity in the Tech sector important?
“To encourage female ambition: implementing a gender diversity policy in the workplace motivates women to advance to more senior positions in the company and helps them achieve their goals.”
Mariem Samet – RPA Consultant
How does it feel to be a woman in Tech?
“As a kid, I was so impressed by the advanced technologies in science fiction movies and fascinated by the rapid growth of the world, that I immediately wanted to contribute. Hence, my passion for technology and my decision to go into this field.
At the age of 15, I started programming scripts and developing websites and 3D animations. So passionate, I spend entire nights developing and reading about these new technologies.
Being a woman in tech is first of all a passion, a desire to innovate and progress. Being a woman in tech is also about being an independent woman, and proving your ability to overcome prejudices.”
What advice would you give to young women who want to get into RPA?
“If you are passionate about new technologies and you like to see your virtual robots doing tasks for you, then RPA is for you. What are you waiting for to turn to RPA? A good knowledge of programming and modeling logic diagrams is essential in this field, so I advise you to start learning and familiarizing yourself with one of the RPA tools (UIPATH, Blueprism…).
Nothing is difficult, all the resources that can help you learn are OpenSource (available on the internet).
And above all, don’t give up on your dream, it’s with a lot of passion and patience that you will get there.”
Julie Soulas – Operational Manager
Only 5% of women are at the head of a company in the world, what do you think is the reason for this and how to change things?
“Beyond this notion of positioning, it is interesting to observe the means by which they reached a management position.
While only a few of them reach it through internal promotion, the majority of them start a company or take over a company.
Although still in the minority in management positions, women are nevertheless gradually making their way to the top of companies.
Four women head or are about to head CAC 40 companies, at Engie, Veolia, Suez and Orange.
However, within the executive committees, nearly two-thirds of women hold functional positions at the head of marketing, human resources or legal departments, while operational functions (general management, sales, etc.) are held by a large majority of men.
Indeed, women are often described as good financial managers because they are very cautious, which favors them in terms of savings, but less so in investment.
In addition, some believe that parity is not very much encouraged in sectors of activity that are anchored on almost exclusively male models (e.g., banking, industry, etc.).
Executive committees are getting younger and younger and are welcoming a new, more mixed generation: a new hope to see parity more strongly expressed in access to management positions!”
Is there an exceptional woman who inspires you?
“I admire passionate women who, after being inspired by a person or a cause, have become inspiring in their turn. I think everyone knows what a passionate woman is capable of… and that she is therefore by default the most likely to carry or defend a fight.
Being very sensitive to the animal cause, I have always admired Jane Goodall, a pioneer primatologist in the research on human-animal relationships who invested herself very young in the preservation of the wild animal life of Africa.
After working on archaeological digs in Tanzania, she conducted research that led to major discoveries about chimpanzees by observing them from the trees and living among them with only a notebook, binoculars, and a few belongings in a very rudimentary and hostile environment.
Jane has been a lifelong advocate for wildlife protection and continues today to educate new generations about the dangers of pollution and deforestation on wild animals, including chimpanzees.
At 87 years old, she still travels extensively to alert public opinion and to raise awareness of the dangers facing our planet through conferences, symposiums, etc.
She also created a foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation. “
Jessica Lopez Espejel – Research & Software Development Engineer
In our sector, women represent about 18% of the research staff, what do you think?
“Pienso que se debe incentivar a más mujeres a estudiar carreras profesionales relacionadas a la tecnología.
Entiendo que anteriormente, estás carreras eran realcionadas al sector masculino y que desafortunadamente aún existe este estereotipo en algunas personas, sin embargo, las mujeres somos capaces de desarrollar software, proponer ideas y terminar con éxito un projecto.
Espero que cada vez se integren más mujeres a la investigación, que se rompan muchos clichés que aún prevalecen en algunas sociedades, y que mujeres y hombres seamos capaces de cumplir nuestros sueños sin importar el sexo.”
“I think that more women should be encouraged to study professional careers related to technology.
I understand that in the past these careers were linked to the male sector and unfortunately this stereotype still exists among some people, however, women are capable of developing software, coming up with ideas and completing a project.
I hope that more and more women will be integrated into research, that the many clichés that still prevail in some societies will be broken and that women and men will be able to realize their dreams regardless of gender. “
If you had one thing to say to women wanting to pursue R&D, what would it be?
“Les diría que lo hagan, que si de verdad quieren dedicarse a la investigación siempre habrá oportunidades cuando haces bien tu trabajo y te gusta lo que haces. Ser mujer, no debería jamás limitar el anhelo de una persona por realizarse profesionalmente.”
“I would tell them to go for it if they really want to do research! If you do your job well and especially if you like what you do, you will always have great opportunities.
Being a woman should never limit your professional choices.“
Tina Kahale – Full Stack Developer
17% of developers are women, what do you say to people who tell you that you do a man’s job?
“It’s true that the new technologies and computer science sector is still too masculine, but the number of female developers is constantly increasing every year. Did you know that the first algorithm to be executed by a machine was invented by a woman: Ada Lovelace?
In addition, women are by nature more organized and detail-oriented than men, very important qualities to succeed in the development profession.”
Women’s leadership, what does it mean to you?
“In the past, women were not involved in the world of work, which led to inequalities. But today this has changed, thankfully and women are taking more and more leadership positions in all fields.
We cannot deny that today women are a minority in leadership positions, but the important thing is that their number is steadily increasing. It will surely take time to achieve equality at this level. “
Sefora Turcas – Business Engineer
Do you think being a woman in a male environment is an asset?
“Yes, this can sometimes be an asset as the Tech sector is mostly represented by men. This is just me, but I think that a woman will be able to target user needs better than some men.”
What do you think are the stereotypes of women in the workplace?
“Beyond the classic stereotypes, I think that we don’t feminize the Tech professions enough. It’s easier to talk about a computer scientist than a female computer scientist for example. I think this is due to the fact that women are more likely to go into literary careers and men into scientific careers.
So I encourage all women who want to go into a career that seems to be for men, without being afraid to confront certain stereotypes!”
Andréa Pothuon – Recruitment Manager
Would you tell us about the gender parity rate at Novelis?
“Actualmente, la tasa de paridad en Novelis es del 42%. Cuando llegué hace unos meses, me alegró ver la paridad de género. Yo mismo tenía la idea de que el sector estaba todavía en proceso de evolución en este tema…
El deseo natural del grupo es buscar talentos y tenemos la suerte de contar con hombres y mujeres.”
“Today, the parity rate at Novelis is 42%. When I arrived a few months ago, I was pleased to see the parity between men and women. I myself thought that the sector was still in the process of evolving on the subject…
The group’s natural desire is to seek out talent and we are fortunate to be able to count both men and women.”
How to change mentalities on gender equality in companies?
“Para ello, hay que deconstruir los estereotipos y eso toma tiempo. No hay un trabajo predefinido para un género, a pesar de lo que se ha transmitido durante mucho tiempo… Hablaremos de habilidades y no de género.
La “feminización” de muchos sectores es ahora una verdadera cuestión estratégica. En Novelis nos gusta el equilibrio y valoramos este tema. Hablaremos de la armonización de los equipos.
No olvidemos que las pioneras en el sector de la informática fueron mujeres, estoy pensando en Grace HOPPER que fue la creadora del lenguaje COBOL y que también fue la creadora de un término muy utilizado: ¡puedes pensar en ella cuando uses la palabra “bug”!
Dejemos las ideas preconcebidas y dejemos que los talentos brillen. “
“To do this, it is necessary to deconstruct stereotypes and this takes time. There is no predefined job for one gender, despite what has been said for a long time… We will talk about skills and not gender.
The “feminization” of many sectors is now a real strategic issue! At Novelis, we like balance and value it. We’ll talk about team alignment.
Let’s not forget that the pioneers in the IT industry were women, I’m thinking of Grace HOPPER who is at the origin of the COBOL language and who was also the creator of a very used term: you can think of her when you use the word “bug”!
Let’s stop the preconceived ideas and let the talents shine.“
As a partner of the Techinnov professional event, our sales teams will be present to meet the customers. This will be an opportunity for us to present our innovative software solutions: SmartRoby (Robot as a Service) and Novy POM (Purchase & Order Management).
Implemented by the Essonne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this 100% business and innovation day has been bringing together more than 2,000 major innovation decision-makers for 15 years. Each one acting in various fields of application, such as: energy, aeronautics, urbanization, IoT, robotics and much more.
Techinnov is a reference event allowing its participants to benefit from a high level of qualification. Worthy of the largest business conventions, Techinnov offers the visibility of a real trade show.
It is during this great moment of exchange and creation of partnerships that we decided to present our solutions answering the challenges of tomorrow in terms of AI and RPA.
With the health crisis, organizations have accelerated their digitalization and deployment in the cloud. However, business process automation and document digitization technologies are still often difficult to implement. On the one hand, because of the lack of technology mastery, but also for cost reasons.
That’s why at Novelis we have made it a priority to make digital innovations accessible to all organizations, regardless of their size.
Through our software platforms, our ambition is to democratize access to smart automation solutions such as Novy POM and SmartRoby.
SmartRoby: the turnkey solution to make automation accessible to all organizations in a few weeks
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Manage users to securely control access to services, processes and data
We have thought, designed and created SmartRoby in order to remove all the obstacles that an organization could encounter in the implementation of the tools necessary for Smart Automation.
Novy POM: Purchase & Order Management to automate the processing of invoices and orders
Novy POM is a business solution that enables the intelligent automatic processing of supplier invoices and customer purchase orders to optimize their management throughout the chain.
With Novy our customers can :
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Result: Novy POM enables productivity gains by automating workflows and transforming unstructured data into structured data.
Our customers accelerate and secure the execution of all their processes.