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Arcadis runs #ProudToBeMe online campaign for IWD

 March 12, 2020

For International Women's Day, Arcadis showcased both its female and male employees as part of its online campaign #ProudToBeMe.

From Arcadis' CEO to Business Partners and Project Managers, #ProudToBe shared employee insights on equality, diversity, and inclusion, and how they themselves are helping to create a workplace where everyone can be proud to be themselves.

Peter: Mentoring early career professionals

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“I am very proud to be involved in reciprocal mentoring with four female early career professionals from across the Arcadis world," says Peter Oosterveer, Arcadis CEO.

Peter also submitted an official IWD Influencer Statement.

Jacoline: Contributing to an inclusive Arcadis

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“I am proud to be contributing towards an equal, diverse and inclusive Arcadis, where people feel comfortable to bring their true selves and reach their fullest potential," says Jacoline van Blokland, Arcadis Chief People Officer.

Julienne: Eliminating unconscious bias

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"Being a young and black woman has often required me to demonstrate my skills and capabilities, especially technical ones. With time, perseverance and changes in mentality, I have managed to address and eliminate unconscious bias in the workspace," comments Julienne Berlak Kragbe, Arcadis Building Surveyor.

Souheir: Empowered to create her own pathways

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"I am empowered to create my own pathways. Living in a culturally diverse society like the Middle East allowed me to grow professionally and personally, it’s been an amazing journey where I've been able to challenge assumptions made of women," explains Souheir Sifelden, Arcadis HR Business Partner.

Melissa: Women in leadership create opportunities

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“At Arcadis I see many women in leadership roles, showing that competence is what it takes to become a leader. Being a woman is no longer an obstacle as it used to be seen in the past. Women in leadership creates boundless opportunities," comments Melissa Castro.

Rafael: Making diversity and inclusion natural

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“For me, the goal is for there to be a day when there will be no need to talk about diversity or inclusion. It will be just natural," says Rafael Aracil, Project Manager.

Dan: Selecting individuals based on talent

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“We operate in a male-dominated region, however, I consciously select individuals based on their talent and abilities. By chance, this has resulted in more than 50% of my team being female," adds Dan Palmer, Arcadis Technical Director.

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Arcadis recognises the value of difference and encourages its people to be themselves at work, embracing an open and unique outlook on life from every one of its employees. 

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