The OECD offers a wide variety of activities to promote staff health and wellbeing, including pilates, osteopathy and reflexology. Staff may also consult with social advisers and onsite medical personnel. Staff can benefit from the onsite gym and fitness facilities allowing easy access to affordable exercise and fitness classes.
ALORA is an association with over 2,000 members that brings together active and retired OECD staff, the staff of member country delegations to the OECD and the families of both. ALORA offers cultural, learning, social and sports activities. Activities include football tournaments, cheese and wine tasting, musical shows, museum visits, gym classes, summer party and book clubs.
GLOBE (Gays, Lesbians and Others for Better Equity), founded in 2001 at the OECD, works for an inclusive working environment, where all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome. GLOBE engages with other associations in Paris and beyond. Members take part in regular meetings and social and cultural events, including Paris Pride.
The Intern Circle is a voluntary body, founded and run by interns, whose main purpose is to identify and address the interests of OECD Interns in order to maximise their internship experience. The initiative also organises knowledge-sharing and networking events to help promote interns’ social and professional growth.
The OECD Women’s Network is a community that aims to cultivate gender equality across the Organisation by sharing information and providing opportunities to connect OECD women at all levels. It organises activities such as an annual meeting, lunches with women in OECD leadership positions, speed-networking events, an informal mentoring programme and events with external speakers.
As the OECD headquarters are located in Paris, most employees live in the “City of Lights”. In addition to the rich cultural heritage and diverse population, the capital of France has much to offer by way of international sporting and cultural events. The city is split into 20 ‘arrondissements’, each with their own character, and all connected by a vast network of affordable public transportation options. The two OECD offices in Paris are easily accessible, with a free shuttle service for staff members between the sites. Additionally, Paris has two international airports and several train stations connecting the city to the rest of France, Europe and the world.
The OECD also has Centres in other locations.