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Gender Equality Plan self declaration

Gender Equality Plan self declaration

SINTEF has initiated the work of creating a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) aligned to the requirements of the eligibility criteria in the Horizon Europe work programme. The GEP will be finalised and enter into force in all our legal entities and subsidiaries[1] by January 1st, 2022.

SINTEF welcomes this requirement from the European Commission and shares the sense of urgency in achieving gender balance in research and innovation activities. This is key to bringing about the innovations needed to solve the complex challenges facing our society. The Gender Equality Plan in SINTEF will not be a static document to be reported on annually, but a dynamic and useful set of guidelines, tools and KPIs that will make gender equality work a natural part of our day-to-day management, research, and innovation activities. Our GEP will fulfil the requirements set out in the General Annexes to Horizon Europe, but more importantly it will foster continuous improvements in our organisation that will help us to deliver world leading innovations and research results.

SINTEF is subject to the Norwegian Equality and Anti-discrimination Act which requires all employers to work in an active, targeted, and systematic way to promote equality and prevent discrimination in the workplace. This Act was amended on January 1st 2020 to more comprehensively describe the duties of organisations to conduct equality promotion and discrimination prevention activities, and to report on this annually. SINTEFs GEP will accommodate the new national legal requirements as well as the requirements from the Horizon Europe work programme.

 

[1] SINTEF is comprised of the following legal entities, of which the SINTEF Foundation has either full or majority ownership: SINTEF AS, SINTEF Energy Research, SINTEF Ocean AS, SINTEF Manufacturing AS, including the following subsidiaries: SINTEF TTO, SINTEF Nord, SINTEF Ålesund, SINTEF Narvik, SINTEF Helgeland.