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 Group as a member of the ILO Global Business & Disability Network Steering Committee shares our conviction that it makes good business sense to employ persons with disabilities. Business-to-business support has proven to be key in convincing companies to put theory into practice and making their workforce more inclusive and diverse.“ 

Stefan Trömel, Senior Disability Specialist, ILO Global Business & Disability Network



Global programmes and initiatives

Young people who had the chance to gain access to internships through the Nestlé Alliance for YOUth programme in Portugal during the high-level gathering in June 2014.

Adecco’s involvement with the Global ILO Business and Disability Network People with disabilities make up around 15% of the world’s population. This amounts to over 1 billion of people, making them the largest minority group. As an employer of over 10,000 people with disabilities per year, we bring considerable experience to the Global ILO Business and Disability Network through our membership and role on the Steering Committee. The Network is comprised of representatives from multinational enterprises, employers’ organisations and business networks, and selected non-governmental and disabled peoples’ organisations. It assists companies with the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workforce and fosters the development of a workforce culture that is respectful and inclusive; promoting the hiring, retention and professional development of people with disabilities. By 2015, the ILO Global Business and Disability Network strives to be recognised by international organisations, multinational enterprises and employers’ organisations as the global reference network to address disability in the workplace.

In 2013, collaboration among members further developed and grew in an unprecedented way, transforming this network into what we had envisioned to be in its first three years of existence. The network continued to hold regional and national meetings, reinforcing the message that people with disabilities have a lot to contribute in the workplace and that they have a key role to play in society. In 2013, employers and other stakeholders gathered in Singapore, Turkey and China.
Read more in their 2013 Annual Report
ILO Business & Disability Website
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Adecco joins Nestlé Alliance for YOUth As part of our commitment to fight youth unemployment and provide young people with work experience, Adecco joined the Nestlé Alliance for YOUth programme in June 2014. During a high-level gathering in Lisbon, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the Prime Minister of Portugal Pedro Passos Coelho, as well as the Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Pedro Mota Soares, joined Nestlé Europe CEO Laurent Freixe and Nestlé’s business partners to sign up to the European Commission’s ‘European Alliance for Apprenticeships’. The Alliance aims to bring together private companies, alongside European institutions and national governments, in the fight against youth unemployment. As the world leader in Human Resources solutions, Adecco will contribute its labour market expertise and help young people to develop the skills they need to succeed.
Within the Alliance for YOUth, we will play a key role by providing educational material, training, job experience, as well as career guidance to build the programme aimed at preparing young people for the world of work.
Follow the Nestlé Alliance for YOUth on twitter: #ALLiance4YOUth
Read the Global Press Release
Watch the Alliance for YOUth partner video

Our charitable foundations Adecco Group and its three major foundations in France, Spain and Italy – often in partnership with respected organisations – are involved in a range of international, national and local programmes to help groups ‘at risk’ of exclusion from the workforce because of disability, age, ethnicity or gender. Our Adecco foundations are funded by contributions from Adecco and other companies and organisations committed to supporting our integration efforts.

Adecco Foundation France, created in 2002

  • Purpose: assist, support and train disadvantaged people to ensure their integration into the workforce.
  • Activities: developing social partnerships with various non-profit organisations in three fields: education, career orientation and professional integration. In 2013, 31 non-profit organisations were supported and 290 Adecco employees volunteered time to participate in local solidarity initiatives.
    The Foundation also runs the French Athlete Career Programme helping elite, Olympic and Paralympic athletes with their transition into the labour market.
  • Employees (FTEs): 3.7 (380 volunteers)
  • Annual donation by Groupe Adecco France: EUR 500,000.
  • Foundation budget: EUR 750,000 (EUR 500,000 in donation,
    EUR 250,000 in training tax)
  • Community investment: 1,700 h
  • Beneficiaries from the Adecco Foundation France activities: 8,390
  • Beneficiaries from Groupe Adecco France programmes
    (Disability & Skills programme, Espace Emploi Handicap & Compétences): 5,600

Adecco Foundation France website

Adecco Foundation Italy, created in 2001

  • Purpose: assist, support and train disadvantaged people to ensure their integration into the workforce.
  • Activities: the foundation runs several partnerships and initiatives to integrate people with disabilities, single women with family responsibilities, long-term unemployed, people over 40, elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
  • Employees: 7
  • Annual donation by Adecco Group Italy: EUR 325,000;
    Other companies: EUR 78,100
  • Foundation budget: EUR 370,000
  • Beneficiaries from Adecco Foundation Italy: 405 (318 vocational training, 174 integrated)
  • Beneficiaries from Adecco Group Italy programmes: 17,411 (441 people with disabilities, 4,314 mature (50+), 12,305 young (18–24).

Adecco Fondazione website

Adecco Foundation Spain, created in 1999

  • Purpose: assist, support and train disadvantaged people to ensure their integration into the workforce. Providing services to companies with regards to their implementation of CSR programmes and action plans as well as policies, with the goal to enhance diversity within their workforce.
  • Activities: the foundation runs several partnerships and initiatives.
  • Employees (FTEs): 104 (3,347 volunteers)
  • Annual donation by Adecco Group Spain: EUR 222,500
  • Foundation budget: EUR 12,099,038
  • Investments in PP/Community Partnerships: EUR 10,047,259
  • In 2013, employment was made possible for 2,434 disabled people, over 368 single mothers, 606 mature people (+45), including 126 people at risk of exclusion
  • Beneficiaries from Adecco Foundation activities: 14,121

Adecco Fundación website

Golden Workers

Select country programmes and initiatives

‘Proyecto Unidos’ in Spain Adecco Foundation Spain is promoting a project called ‘Proyecto Unidos’ (Joint Programme), that brings together several national universities and com-panies for a common goal: labour market inclusion of young people with disabilities. The programme's mission is to create an inclusive university, accessible and open to diversity and talent – a stepping stone for these youngster into employment.
In a first step, ‘Proyecto Unidos’ will support 150 students with disabilities through an orientation programme in which universities and companies will combine their knowledge, resources and experiences to mentor, guide and prepare students with disabilities during their studies to increase their employability and ensure access to employment.
Companies in the Spanish engineering and industrial sector have joined the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) to support the programme. At an event held at UPM, its rector and directors of 14 companies pledged their commitment to the initiative. It is fundamental that companies are involved from the earliest stages of education and training in order to ensure that students with disabilities acquire the skills, abilities and attitudes needed in the workplace.
Visit the ‘Proyecto Unidos’ programme website

Adecco Chile – ʻWorld Café’ for inclusion The ILO together with SOFOFA – the Chilean Federation of Industry – and Chilean employers including Adecco are working to raise awareness on the positive impact that people with disabilities can have on enterprises. For that purpose in January, the ‘World Caféʼ event brought together 28 companies to engage in a dialogue on inclusion of people with a disability. The goal of the meeting was to show new perspectives and talk about benefits for organisations by opening company doors to people with a disability. According to Chilean statistics, 12.9% of the population have some kind of disability. Around 57.5% are able to work. However, only 29% are currently in employment. Adecco Chile has set targets to increase the number of people with a disability in its workforce and is also looking to work with
clients on how to make the labour market more inclusive and accessible.
Read more about the World Café
Website: Empresa inclusiva

‘La Chaîne du OUI’ – The power to say ‘yes’ In January 2013, when unemployment levels in France and many European countries were soaring, Groupe Adecco France launched a major initiative called ‘La Chaîne du OUI’. The main objective of Adecco is to create 270,000 permanent jobs within three years for groups of people without a job and at risk of exclusion such as: youngsters, long-term unemployed and people with disabilities – but also supporting temporary employees to move into a permanent job. In the past three years, Groupe Adecco France showed that it was possible to create 230,000 jobs, so upping this number is not only an economic but also
a social challenge which energises our employees. The challenge however cannot be achieved by Adecco alone, therefore, we have approached companies as well as organisations to say ‘yes’ and support us in this endeavour. Joining companies sign a Charter which is more of a moral commitment to engage in finding solutions to create jobs. After 18 months, close to 400 companies have joined the initiative and the following goals have been reached:

  • Overall objective (270,000 jobs): 43% or 116,523 jobs have been created
  • Permanent positions (130,000): 54.8% or 71,276 people moved into permanent positions
  • People at the edge of exclusion (40,000 jobs): 31.2% or 12,752 have been integrated into jobs
  • Youngsters (100,000 jobs): 32.5% or 32,495 people have found employment.

La Chaîne du OUI‘ website
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‘Je filme le métier qui me plaît’ – another engagement for young people For the fifth consecutive year, Adecco Foundation France has sponsored the competition ‘Je filme le métier qui me plaît’. The category about career stereotypes, which is under Adecco‘s patronage, is about making students and graduates aware of the gender stereotypes that exist around jobs and the labour market through a film competition. This year, all Groupe Adecco France employees were also invited to vote for their favourite video. The winning video ‘Drôles de Dames’ is a real example of how important it is to fight and break down stereotypes in the labour market.
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’Diamo lavoro alle ambizioni’ or Work for the ambitious During a roundtable with the Italian Labour minister in May 2014, Adecco Italy pledged a EUR 10 million investment, 3,000 internships and 50,000 vocational training hours to encourage Italian companies to join the ‘Garanzia Giovaniʼ (Youth Guarantee) European initiative. The project aims to create 100,000 new job opportunities in the next 24 months and is specially focused on youngsters under 29. A concrete action plan was put in place to find and support the most ambitious youngsters through a series of initiatives over the coming months. Adecco Italy was also certified with the social certification standard SA 8000: 2008 for decent workplaces in 2014.
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