Committed to the LGBTQi+ cause, Vivendi is a partner of the Têtu ceremony that awarded 12 prizes that salute the work of personalities and artists who have worked to drive the LGBTQI+ fights and pay tribute to queer culture on September 6, in Paris. The ceremony was hosted at L’Olympia, a venue owned by Vivendi. “Vivendi is a strong defender of diversity and inclusion. Our support for the first Têtu ceremony is a natural extension of our commitment to all diversities, all freedoms and all humanities”, Chief of Vivendi’s HR Strategy and Corporate Culture. The aim of Vivendi’s raison d’être, Creation Unlimited, is to unleash creation by promoting all talents, ideas and cultures and sharing them with as many people as possible. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of its social and societal commitments.
From the outset, Vivendi has been a partner of Têtu Connect, the first French think tank of the professional world, promoting LGBTQI+ talent and encouraging their inclusion. This partnership enables Vivendi to be supported and to progress in its commitments in favor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Vivendi strongly believes in the richness of diversity, in everyone’s right to be themselves with their own particularities, and in the performance of companies that allow people to express themselves freely.
The Group is also aware that through the content it produces, it has a real influence. In 2009, Canal+ Group launched the Hello! channel, which highlights the wealth of LGBT+ creations around the world (Canal+ had been offering gay night for 25 years and has now moved up a gear with Hello!, its dedicated digital channel). Canal+ filmed the Têtu Awards and will be broadcasting them exclusively on Hello!. A special edition of the citizens’ programme “Envie d’Agir” is also devoted to the ceremony and all the values it embodies (broadcast on September 23, on C8). And François Bondu, a BETC talent, has created a special advert for the September issue of Têtu magazine.
Canal+ Group finances many audiovisual projects with strong social themes, such as the documentary “Adieu ma honte”, and the films “Sans filtre” and “Je verrai toujours vos visages”. Vivendi and Canal+ Group are associated with the L’Ecran d’Après, which brings together various stakeholders in the audiovisual sector to share best practices and integrate social and environmental issues into their productions.
Internally, Vivendi has many initiatives, such as Havas University’s training in non-discrimination and DEI; mentoring programmes and school internships for students in priority education areas; initiatives for inclusion by co-constructing with Mixity the first DEI measurement benchmark at international level; creation of a “group disability task force” in France; and involvement with social insertion associations such as LADAPT and l’Agefiph.
Vivendi wants to play an active part in building a more sustainable, responsible, and inclusive world. Its partnership with Têtu Connect and the Têtu ceremony is one, but not the least, of its many actions to achieve it.