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Our culture

Our ongoing mission is to provide the world with the energy it needs, sustainably and responsibly. To do this, the values and culture we share embody the spirit of Equinor at its best and guide us in our daily work. How we deliver is just as important as what we deliver.

 Our values 

Our values help us set direction, drive our performance and guide us in how we do business and work together.  

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Strength lies in our differences, not our similarities

In Equinor, we work every day to provide an environment where all our employees feel included and valued, and where they can bring their whole selves to work. We want everyone to bring their different skills, experiences and knowledge to the team – to help us shape the future of energy. 

 

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Embracing and driving diversity is a fundamental part of our core values - open, collaborative, courageous and caring - and a leadership expectation for all our people. We are passionate about diversity and inclusion - not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it drives better business decisions and gives better results. We know that employees in an inclusive and diverse environment collaborate more effectively, and that diverse and inclusive teams reach higher performance levels. Diversity and inclusion work together; both are essential to achieve results.

Continuously striving for better

We set an ambition that by 2025, all teams in our company should be inclusive and diverse. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our business, partners and countries where we are present.

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“Diversity to us includes experience, competence, age, gender, education, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, and more– all that helps shape our thoughts and perspectives. We want everyone in Equinor to feel like they are part of one team, shaping the future and delivering on our goals and mission. Embracing our differences makes us stronger. True inclusion is being able to share the stories of your life and who you are, and to feel accepted and valued. To us, inclusion is diversity in practice and a vital part of our working environment.”

Ana Fonseca Nordang, VP People and Leadership, Equinor. 

We have come quite far when it comes to making diversity and inclusion a part of our identity. It started with improving gender diversity in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Today we strive to progress on all other aspects of diversity. Our journey of reaching our target continues.

 Our actions to promote an inclusive culture in Equinor

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Our responsibilities are clearly stated in our Code of Conduct. Equinor will not accept or tolerate any form of harassment, bullying, derogatory remarks or other behavior that is regarded as degrading or threatening

UNCONCIOUS BIAS TRAINING: We work to remove bias from people and business decisions to increase diversity on all leadership levels and have introduced unconscious bias training.

LGBTQ+: We promote an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and other identities) employees. Our environment should be accepting of all types of diversity, both visible and non-visible. We strive to create an environment in which all employees feel they can bring their whole self to work, build relationship with colleagues and develop their potential and talent in a safe and accepting environment.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUPS: We support internal networks and resource groups in our different locations for women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and other special interest groups.

SUPPORTING PARENTS: We offer 16 weeks of global paid parental leave to all employees who become parents through birth or adoption.

INTERNAL PLACEMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT: We work systematically with diversity when we nominate employees to our leadership development programmes. We ensure a diverse set of candidates for recruitment activities, internal deployment and development opportunities. 

GPS INCLUSION INDEX: In 2018, we added a series of questions measuring inclusion in the annual people survey. This is an important measurement tool for teams to assess and discuss how to strengthen a culture of inclusion as Equinor.

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Our actions to build a more diverse future

RECRUITMENT: We are committed to improving the diversity of both our emerging talents and our experienced hires in all our locations. We are looking for candidates from different educational backgrounds and institutions to attract a wider range of people. We also focus on diversity when we are recruiting graduates, summer interns and apprentices. 44% of graduate hires were female in 2018 and 39 % were from countries other than Norway. 30% of our apprentices are female, and we work hard to increase the number of female candidates for apprenticeships.

GENDER BALANCE: We strive to increase the number of women in the talent pipeline, management teams and operations. Today, around 30% of our employees are female. We have increased the number of female leaders on all levels in the organization to 29%. We increased the percentage of women reporting to the corporate executive committee from 37% to 44% in 2018.

We sponsor Women’s Energy Network in the US and Brazil, and we are engaged in UN’s Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change. We sponsor Women’s Global Leadership Conference in the US.

GLOBAL TEAMS: We established a Global development programme for emerging talents from our subsidiaries around the world – U.S, Brazil, Algeria, Singapore etc. Participants deploy to Norway for 12 months to broaden their experience, develop and learn. They return to their home country to continue their career growth.

MATHS AND SCIENCE: We encourage young people and women to choose science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects though supporting programmes and projects in Norway like the science centers, Teach First, Heroes of Tomorrow, First Lego League and Scandinavian Innovation Award. We offer STEM camps at the University in Houston for young children.

In the UK, we have launched the Hywind Hub, a purpose-built STEM education, as well as sponsoring TechFest festival for young people. In addition, we sponsor Wonderlab. We deliver an annual Heroes of Tomorrow event. In Tanzania, we provided higher education scholarship to 27 students in 2018. 

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