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Press release
43rd EDHEC Sailing Cup 2011 - SPIE enters the race with a new approach
For the first time, SPIE is partnering the EDHEC Sailing Cup (Course Croisière EDHEC), Europe's top students' sports event which attracts more than 3,000 participants and 10,000 spectators. From April 9 to 16, SPIE will ensure a constant presence in Lorient, France, to receive students on a special entertaining stand highlighting its diversity policy and the Group's commitment to the green economy in collaboration with this event's sponsoring skipper Samantha Davies (who was 4th in both the Vendée Globe 2008/2009 and the Transat AG2R 2010 events).

Optimising the Group's attractiveness

The EDHEC Sailing Cup's institutional village, which is Europe's leading informal recruitment forum, brings together many students from engineering schools with which SPIE is developing special relations (including ESME Sudria, INSA schools in Strasbourg, Lyon and Rennes, ESTP, ENSHEEIHT, EPF and Télécoms Sud Paris).
"This international event provides our teams with a unique opportunity to chat with students from various backgrounds and to share SPIE's ambitions with them in an informal and friendly environment," says Thierry Smagghe, SPIE's Human Resources director.

Diversity in the spotlight with SPIE's female trophy

This trophy, organised at SPIE's initiative as a race within the race, is competed for by crews at least half of whose members are female. It is additional to the event's existing categories: in previous years, crews vying for these prizes included more than 170 for the Sea trophy, 150 for the Land trophy and 50 for the Sand trophy. The aim of the new trophy is to encourage crews combining male and female members to compete, reflecting SPIE's diversity policy which seeks to boost the proportion of women working in the company.
"Our professional fields are completely open to women even though they are seen by students as essentially masculine," says Olivier Jambrusic, SPIE's HR development manager. In addition, in keeping with SPIE's policy to boost employment for disabled people, a visual disability awareness workshop will also be held on the stand for a good part of the event. "These initiatives reflect the Group's diversity policy which has been implemented as a major corporate commitment since 2008," comments Olivier Jambrusic.

Students invited to test their "green attitude"

SPIE is organising a competitive "Green SPIE" game on its stand. Every day from Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th April, students will be asked to answer five questions concerning the green economy. A draw will be held every day to find two winners. The week's 10 winners will be rewarded with a sailing outing with Samantha Davies.
"In this way, we associate ourselves with an ambitious event that is well known among students and which promotes team spirit, the spirit of enterprise, solidarity, the surpassing of oneself and environmental friendliness," emphasises Group HR development manager Fabio Di Mario.

Pascal Omnès
Communications director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 34 22 58 21

Olivier Jambrusic
Development Human Resources
Tel.: +33 (0)1 34 24 30 30

Agence Droit Devant
Philippe Hériard
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 77 02 45