CSR Communication on Progress 2013/2014

Our main programmes and initiatives in the Social dimension
Our global programmes and initiatives in the strategic focus areas

“Adecco Foundation France has shown support and patronage of ‘Je filme le métier qui me plaît’. The category on ‘career stereotypes‘, sponsored by Adecco is crucial as young people need to overcome prejudice and focus on what they are best at and passionate for. 25% of all projects we received in 2014 focused on fighting career stereotypes. This is triggering a needed mind-set change in a playful way.“

Anne Fournier, Co-organiser ‘Je filme le métier qui me plaît’


Diversity & Equal Opportunities

Global programmes and initiatives

Adecco Group’s CEO Patrick De Maeseneire during the panel discussion on ʻTackling Talent Scarcity’ at the World Economic Forum 2014.

World Economic Forum – a focus on Human Capital and employment In January 2014, the Adecco Group took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos for the third time since becoming a Strategic Partner in December 2011.

The goal of the Forum is to improve the state of the world which is why youth unemployment, structural reform, skills mismatches and occupational shifts were high on the agenda and discussed as part of the CEO series session on ʻTackling Talent Scarcity – How employers are rethinking their responsibility to invest in talent for the long term’. Adecco was represented on this panel by its CEO. Further Adecco participants at the World Economic Forum included the Chairman of the Board of Directors, our CFO as well as additional Executive Committee members. As Strategic Partner, Adecco is involved in a series of Regional Meetings including the ones in Latin America, East Asia, Europe, China and India where our local leaders are further involved to co-shape the agenda on job creation.
Read about ʻTalent as the future currency

Adecco joins global apprenticeships coalition In May 2014, Adecco joined the Global Apprenticeships Network (GAN), a global coalition of companies calling for greater commitment and investment in work-based training. The GAN and its members seek to address global skills shortages and to create opportunities for young people. The coalition focuses on improving the status of apprenticeship programmes by offering apprenticeships as well as internships and by sharing best practices with other companies and labour administrations. International companies such as Telefónica, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, UBS, Jindal Steel & Power and Samsung Electronics have to date also joined the GAN initiative. The network is supported by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the Independent International Business Association (BIAC) [1] which advises government policy-makers at the OECD and related platforms. In April 2014, at the G20-OECD-EC conference on ʻQuality Apprenticeships’ in Paris, representatives from the G20 and OECD governments, as well as social partners and companies, concurred on the importance of focusing on work-based training schemes to ensure job opportunities for youth and skills for business. A survey on apprenticeship practices conducted in the G20 countries by the IOE, BIAC and GAN found that governments’ efforts were inadequate in involving business in apprenticeships systems.
GAN website

IOE-BIAC-GAN survey 2014

The AISEC International represenative receives the ’Enabling Youth Mobility’ Award from Adecco’s International Mobility Director.

Candidate International Mobility CIM – furthering diverse teams In 2013, thanks to the re-launch of Adecco’s Candidate International Mobility programme, over 2,000 candidates found an international job thanks to Adecco. Most found work in Canada, Switzerland, Norway and the Netherlands, while the majority of associates came from Poland, the UK, North America and France. The profiles most in demand were trade workers, IT specialists, healthcare professionals and engineers.
In early 2014, the Candidate International Mobility Job Board was launched showing vacancies for international candidates in the new CIM job board on www.adecco.com. Candidates can easily apply for open positions online. To date, Adecco has over 70 recruiters working on the placement of internationally mobile candidates. In June, the Adecco Global Transition Centre (GTC) was launched in Poland to further improve the coordination of international recruitment projects.
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Adecco North America awarded by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) The Commitment of Adecco North America with regards to diversity was awarded in March 2014 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Adecco was listed on their 15th annual list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). This is the only national award honouring corporations for their leading Supplier Diversity programmes that are breaking down barriers and are proactively integrating Women’s Business Enterprises into their supply chains. Adecco North America is also a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). In 2013, 29% of Adecco North America's spend was subcontracted with diverse suppliers.
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Groupe Adecco France – committed to diversity In France, the ’Réseau Adecco Insertion’, created in 1994, has provided solutions for more than 8,000 people with 3,500 client companies to date, championing diversity and equal opportunities for people at risk of exclusion. The network is composed of 65 branches all over France. Sustainable employment or training was provided by the ʻRéseau Adecco Insertion’ to 60% of beneficiaries after the two-year maximum period under an inclusion contract. We are pleased to say that this result is above any average figures for this target group. The network is also contributing to Groupe Adecco France’s goal to place 40,000 people into employment by the end of 2015.
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Sochi 2014 – success through diverse teams In 2011, Adecco Russia was selected as the Temporary Staffing supplier for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Adecco had the task to recruit over 5,000 temporary employees in less than eight months. Additional challenges were that the population in Sochi is less than 500,000 people. The Organising Committee of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games needed diverse profiles and in Russia, temporary work is not yet common. The Adecco Russia Sochi team – which grew from 6 to 109 people in one year – managed to screen over 112,000 applications, conducted 36,000 interviews and offered jobs to 5,330 candidates. Only 8% of the candidates came from Sochi, 62% were recruited from other cities in Russia and the remaining 30% were non-Russian candidates from 25 countries. Adecco Russia hired 24% young people who were under the age of 25 years and 15% who were over the age of 45 years. 61% were between 25 and 45 years old.
Adecco ensured that all associates received decent wages, housing for three to seven months and a partial compensation for travelling to Sochi.
Adecco Russia and its colleagues contributed to the great Games’ experience with a most diverse team of people.

Adecco at the Vietnam Youth To Business Forum 2013
A workshop at the Youth To Business Forum 2013 organised by AIESEC in Vietnam was delivered by the Country Manager of Adecco Vietnam. AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation and is present in over 113 countries. With over 86,000 members it is focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, offering young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today. Adecco’s Country Manager and Vice Chair of EuroCham Vietnam, presented on the topic of ‘Entrepreneurship and Corporate Responsibility’ to over 50 students in the workshop. In addition, a business competition was hosted on the topic of ‘Corporate Anti-Bribery & Corruption’ where students had to work in teams and create solutions to Anti-Bribery and Corruption issues which could be faced doing business. The session helped the students look for innovative solutions to address problems and fostered team spirit as well as networking skills. It also raised awareness about situations and issues companies are confronted with and provided students with a first-hand learning experience from experts.
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[1]Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.