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Yettel Joins the Bulgarian Diversity Charter

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Yettel Joins the Bulgarian Diversity Charter

Yettel Bulgaria has joined the Bulgarian Diversity Charter. Thus  the company reaffirms its commitment to apply the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion in its operations.

The Bulgarian Charter is part of the European platform of Diversity Charters and is a joint initiative of the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum. It aims at  promoting social inclusion and encouraging companies to develop and implement policies ensuring equal opportunities for all.

A key priority for Yettel is creating an environment where people are free to express themselves and feel accepted and respected. This commitment is integrated into the ESG strategy of the telecom, which sets specific goals and outlines the programs and policies designed to meet these objectives.

Yettel's efforts are multifaceted, focusing on integrating people with disabilities into the workplace, supporting young talent, increasing the number of women in its technology team, and enhancing employee awareness of these important issues.

One of Yettel’s key programs is "Side by Side”. Since its launch in 2015, it has fostered the professional development and social integration of people with disabilities – referred to by the company as people with different abilities. This year, the program marks its tenth anniversary, having engaged 37 participants to date, many of whom continue to be part of the telecom's team.

Yettel also offers a range of opportunities for young talents, including the company’s internship program Hub by Yettel, and programs such as "Second Shift" and Yettel Teen Academy, targeted at employees' children, at 5-12 grades. The company is actively increasing the representation of women in its technology team by partnering with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) schools and universities.

A strong focus is also placed on training its employees in areas such as unconscious bias and creating an inclusive environment. Last year alone, 130 managers and HR specialists participated in such training programs.

Yettel's dedication to diversity has been recognized by the international independent organization Top Employers Institute. Last year it became the first Bulgarian telecom certified as a Top Employer for the high quality of its HR practices. In the "Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion" category, the company scored 90.74%, which is 17% higher than the European sector average.

Furthermore, in March Yettel was awarded first place in the "Workplace Diversity" category for its comprehensive diversity and inclusion policies at the Annual Responsible Business Awards hosted by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum.