CSR Communication on Progress 2013/2014

Further reading
Publications by the Adecco Group and other industry-related studies

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Adecco global and local publications

Adecco Group: Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2013
The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) is an innovative, annual benchmarking study, encompassing 103 countries. The GTCI introduces the dimension of talent/human capital and its connection to competitiveness. The 48 variables are grouped into talent enablers, attraction, growth, retention as well as output in terms of vocational and global knowledge skills. Adecco Group has partnered with INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) for the Global Talent Competitiveness Index.
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Adecco Whitepaper: The Reality of Talent Issue 5 – Diversity Adecco Australia (2013)
Diversity isn’t about ticking boxes or being politically correct – it’s about building an organisation that avoids a herd mentality and delivers better business outcomes. A recent study on the diversity and inclusion strategies of employers in Australia and Asia revealed that business leaders have a high level of awareness about the importance of workforce diversity but are failing to implement a range of strategies to meet critical business needs; they are talking the talk but not walking the walk.
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Adecco Australia: White Paper: Reality of Talent Issue 6 – “Leading Staff Through Tough Times” 2013
Simply trying to ‘just survive’ during what many predict may be another global financial crisis – or at the very least a recession – is not going to cut it in 2013. Forward-thinking organisations are taking the uncertain conditions as an opportunity to stand out from the competition.
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Adecco Australia Whitepaper: The Reality of Talent Issue 7 – Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) 2014
Work-related injuries and illness are a significant problem in Australia, costing the economy more than $60bn a year, according to statistics from Safe Work Australia. Identifying hazards, undertaking risk assessment and implementing control measures are the key aspects of risk management. The aim of WHS risk management is to reduce the likelihood and consequence of a workplace incident that may result in injury or disease.
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Adecco Australia: Employment and Talent Report 2014
The Adecco Employment and Talent Report provides an expert analysis of labour market trends in Australia and a detailed review of key sectors. It also includes results from the Adecco candidate and client surveys.
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Groupe Adecco France: Rapport RSE 2012 (French, 2013)
Groupe Adecco France published its second report on social, societal and environmental responsibility 2012. The latest report exemplifies priorities, shows solutions that were put into place and demonstrates the Groupe’s long-standing commitment to CSR. The report is structured along five major topics.
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Adecco Argentina: CSR Report 2013 (Spanish, 2014)
Adecco Argentina published its 8th CSR Report. Sustainability is an integral part of our business and how we operate. Adecco Argentina also introduced regular meetings with its main stakeholders such as employees, associates and candidates as well as clients and suppliers to address concerns.
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Adecco Fundación Spain: Annual Report / Memoria 2013 (Spanish, 2014)
2013 was a strategic year for the Adecco Foundation Spain. For the first time in 14 years of existence, the Foundation grew to over 100 people, working every day to achieve one single goal: bringing employment to people who are in the weakest positions within society.
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Fondazione Adecco per le pari opportunità: Report on progress / Progetti 2013 (Italian, 2014)
The Adecco Foundation for Equal Opportunity published its Report on Progress 2013. It provides an overview of how the Foundation promotes and develops projects for people at risk of exclusion and how it supports their integration into labour market.
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Adecco Group North America: Lack of Soft Skills Negatively Impacts Today’s US Workforce (2013)
Ninety-two percent of senior executives in the US acknowledge there is a serious gap in workforce skills, according to the State of the Economy and Employment Survey from Adecco Staffing US. Yet, for all the traditional talk about a skills gap in technical and computer skills, 44 percent of respondents cited soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, as the area with the biggest gap.
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Adecco Group North America: 2014 Adecco Way to Work Survey: Attitudes and Perceptions of American Youth (2014)
This survey explores attitudes and perceptions of American youth on the workplace and job market. It presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a sample of 751 adults 18–24 years old, living in the United States. Interviewing for this survey was completed between April 5–8, 2014. One of the key findings reveals that 7 out of 10 (69 percent) young Americans believe that it is harder to find a job now compared to previous generations.
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Adecco Germany: The Adecco Job Index (German)
The Adecco Germany Job Index is a monthly publication which presents topic-specific results on the latest job market developments in Germany.
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Adecco Asia: Gen Z – the next generation of workers in Asia 2014
Generation Z (‘Gen Z’) is the most disruptive generation in modern history. Instead of waiting for ideas to filter through the generations that came before them, Gen Z are go-getters and trendsetters. Social media has demolished all barriers to communicating about brands and products, meaning that corporations as potential employers will be more intensively researched and scrutinised by job seekers than ever before.
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Adecco Asia: Attracting Talent in Asia’s Digital Arena (2014)
“An increasingly digital world” is a phrase of the past. The world is digital, and when practically everything lives in the cloud it should come as no surprise that the next generation of job seekers is looking beyond the classifieds. In fact, they have even gone beyond the standard job boards and are engaging with potential employers on social media sites and other digital platforms.
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Adecco Singapore: Job blog
Any questions with regards to the labour market? The Adecco Singapore Job blog provides tips and advice on how people can be more successful at work. The blog also includes the latest survey results and labour market studies.
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Adecco Vietnam: Findings from the third Annual Adecco Career Survey of Children living in Vietnam (2014)
The annual ʻAdecco Children’s Career Survey 2014’ of children living in Vietnam has again revealed that becoming a Doctor is the top career choice amongst Vietnamese school children. They also believe that it is more important to ʻspend time with family’ than ʻmaking lots of moneyʼ – showing that our children care more about family bonding than financial wealth.
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Adecco Vietnam: Whitepaper Employee Communications Excellence (2014)
There is no question that profitability, business strategy and the all-important bottom line are critical to making an organisation successful. But a large proportion of these factors rely on the same thing: its people. In order for an organisation to be truly successful, it has to keep its employees engaged through regular communication. One of the findings is that 47% of HR professionals indicated ʻemployee engagement’ as the number one HR challenge their organisation faces.
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Adecco Argentina: ‘Espacio Adeccco’
Adecco Argentina has created the Adecco Space ‘Espacio Adecco’, a comprehensive platform where the latest studies, corporate events and developments as well as their magazine ‘viví’ are presented.
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Adecco Colombia: Job and news blog
Our dependency on cell phones and other mobile devices is a fact. Therefore, Adecco Colombia has created a list of applications related to the labour market and interesting news from Adecco Colombia, which can be easily viewed on the go on portable devices.
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Groupe Adecco France: Lab’Ho
LabʼHo is the Think Tank of Groupe Adecco France with regards to topics on workplace inclusion for all, fostering diversity and sustainable employment. It was relaunched in March 2014 and issues surveys, barometers, white papers and videos.
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Industry-related publications

World Economic Forum: The Global Competitiveness Report 2013–2014
The Global Competitiveness Report 2013–2014 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 148 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.
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AccountAbility: Redefining Materiality II: Why it Matters, Who’s Involved, and What It Means for Corporate Leaders and Boards (2013)
AccountAbility has released a comprehensive report examining the growing importance of non-financial factors on corporate performance, disclosure, and valuation. Redefining Materiality II was developed in response to accelerating acceptance that non-financial materiality is an influential factor in corporate valuation.
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World Economic Forum: The Human Capital Report 2013
A nation’s human capital endowment – the skills and capacities that reside in people and that are put to productive use – can be a more important determinant of long-term economic success than virtually any other resource. The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new Index which measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: Education, Health & Wellness, Workforce & Employment and Enabling Environment.
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The UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013
In the world’s largest CEO study on sustainability to date, more than 1,000 top executives from 27 industries across 103 countries assess the past, present and future of sustainable business; discuss a new global architecture to unlock the full potential of business in contributing to global priorities; and reveal how leading companies are adopting innovative strategies to combine impact and value creation.
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The Ernst & Young study ‘Transparency in sight: Sustainability Reporting amongst the largest Swiss companies’ (2013, German)
The goal of this study was to provide an overview of the current status with regards to sustainability reporting amongst the leading Swiss companies and at the same time provide an international comparison (see chapter 03). In addition, an outlook is provided about the most important international developments.
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World Economic Forum: The Global Gender Gap Report 2013
The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 benchmarks national gender gaps of 136 countries on economic, political, education and health-based criteria. The Global Gender Gap Index was developed in 2006, partially to address the need for a consistent and comprehensive measure of gender equality that can track a country’s progress over time. The index points to potential role models by revealing those countries that – within their region or income group – are leaders in dividing resources more equitably between women and men than other countries, regardless of the overall level of resources available.
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The UNGC Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013
Since 2007, the survey has helped the Global Compact understand and benchmark how corporate participants are advancing their commitment to the Global Compact and implementing the Ten Principles. The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013 is based on findings from the Global Compact Annual Implementation Survey featuring 1,712 respondents from 112 countries.
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Business Europe Position Paper: Promoting Diversity in Employment and Workplaces (2013)
European labour markets in general benefit from a diverse workforce which increases the pool of talents available for companies to compete globally. There is a business case for diversity which is demonstrated by the fact that an increasing number of companies actively seek ways to tap the potential of a diverse workforce in terms of performance and competitiveness. Diversity cannot be promoted by means of legislation. Company-based voluntary initiatives are the most effective way to enhance it.
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ILO: Feasibility study for a global business network on apprenticeship (2013)
There is a growing interest in apprenticeship in the business world due to its potential to make a meaningful contribution to resolving the youth employment crisis and the prospect of developing a well-trained and productive workforce. In response to the interest expressed by business leaders, the ILO, in collaboration with the International Organisation of Employers, conducted a feasibility study to explore options for developing a global business network on apprenticeships for youth employment.
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KPMG International Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013
KPMG’s survey provides a snapshot of current global trends in CSR reporting with benchmarks, guidance and insights to help companies worldwide determine their own approaches to CSR reporting and to assess and improve the quality of their reports. This is the 8th edition of the KPMG Survey of CSR reporting and marks 20 years since the first survey was published.
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ILO: Global Employment Trends – 2014 The risk of a jobless recovery
The Global Employment Trends study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment. The weak global economic recovery has failed to lead to an improvement in global labour markets, with global unemployment in 2013 reaching almost 202 million.
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World Economic Forum: The Global Risks 2014 report
The Global Risks 2014 report highlights how global risks are not only interconnected, but also have systemic impacts. To manage global risks effectively and build resilience to their impacts, better efforts are needed to understand, measure and foresee the evolution of interdependencies between risks, supplementing traditional risk management tools with new concepts designed for uncertain environments.
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World Economic Forum: Annual Meeting Report 2014

The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business
Meeting under the theme The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business, more than 2,500 business, government and civil society leaders from over 100 countries took part in the 44th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to navigate the complexity and interconnectivity of our changing world – a world in which profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological forces are reshaping our lives, communities and institutions.
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World Economic Forum: The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report (2014)
The World Economic Forum’s Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report is the second in a series of publications that measure Europe’s performance in becoming smart, inclusive and environmentally sustainable. It takes a global approach, assessing highly advanced countries around the world as well as the EU’s individual member states and candidate countries.
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International Organisation of Employers (IOE): Position Paper on Flexible Forms of Work (2014)
The paper aims to highlight the benefits of these flexible forms of work, not only for businesses – by enabling them to retain and create jobs whilst staying adaptable and competitive – but also for workers, especially the young, the unemployed, low-skilled workers, and workers with family responsibilities which make full-time work difficult, by giving them the chance to acquire work experience and new skills and by facilitating a better work-life balance.
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GREAT PLACE TO WORK®: Guide to Greatness (2014)
Among the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®, three trends are apparent: high growth, culture as a strategic business priority, and a strong focus on employee development. The “Guide to Greatness,” provides more information on these themes and how they come to life at the nation’s best workplaces, and most importantly, it provides tips which can be applied to organisations striving to build a great workplace.
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Ciett Economic Report 2014
The 2014 Ciett Economic Report provides a comprehensive overview of the agency work industry around the world. It combines some key data that was available from 2013 with more in-depth data from 2012. Eurociett also produces the monthly Agency Work Business Indicator with data on recent market developments.
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ILO: World of Work Report 2014 – Developing with jobs
This year’s edition focuses on developing countries and argues that quality jobs are a key driver for development. It draws on evidence from over 140 developing countries and finds that a common factor amongst those countries that have achieved higher per capita income and sustained growth was quality jobs.
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EcoVadis: Guide on Sustainability in Real Life (2014)
A new guide was published in May 2014 on the business case for supply chain sustainability, a collaboration amongst the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and EcoVadis. The publication includes case studies and an implementation guide that provide a review of challenges and field-tested solutions designed to help companies overcome barriers and improve their triple bottom line. It is designed particularly for supplier level companies new to sustainability.
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ITUC Global Rights Index: The world’s worst countries for workers (2014)
A global leaderboard in the race to protect workers’ rights was released in June at the ITUC World Congress in Berlin. The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice.
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ILO Global Business & Disability Network – 2013 Annual Report (2014)
The 2013 Annual Report of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network is now available. Find out about the Network’s activities and how its members collaborated last year to create workplaces that are more inclusive of people with disabil- ities around the world.
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