Annual Report 2011

Our corporate social responsibility

Source: International Labour Organization (ILO TV)

Integrating people into the workforce through temporary work is a central part of our business. Jobs offer people work experience and an income. Consecutive assignments provide people with diverse work experiences and environments and enhance their adaptability to different roles and teams. In many cases, they are a stepping stone to a permanent position for individuals who otherwise could become marginalised. 37% of all temporary workers are officially registered as unemployed before working with an agency. This proportion falls to less than half that level (15%) twelve months after working as an agency worker [1].

Adecco is involved in various public-private initiatives such as the ILO Global Business and Disability Network relaunched in 2011 and the Golden Workers project. The latter was started in October 2011 and is one of several initiatives that have been undertaken by the EU Commission in support of the ‘Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012’. The main goal of Golden Workers is to identify emerging technologies and socio-economic trends, new models of extending professional active life and novel application scenarios in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for active ageing at work.

A centrepiece of our integration efforts is the IOC and the IPC Athlete Career Programmes. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete Career Programmes are designed to help high-performing athletes, as well as Olympians and Paralympians, to address their education, life skills and employment needs in order to enhance their prospects for success beyond competition. The focus of Adecco’s role is to provide career development and job placement support to help ease the challenges that athletes face while they transition into the workforce. Adecco also works with employers to help them identify and understand the qualities athletes can bring to their business. The programmes have been in place since 2005 (IOC) and 2007 (IPC) respectively, reaching out to more than 8,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes around the world. New landmarks were achieved in 2011 with the participation of more than 2,000 athletes in the programme. Adecco has hired athletes from 13 countries, being a strong believer in the transferrable skills athletes can bring to the corporate world. Strengthening the Olympic Movement’s responsible approach to athletes, the IOC in cooperation with Adecco also delivered career development advice to over 250 young athletes and volunteers during the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in January 2012.

As Official Recruitment Services Provider to London 2012, Adecco UK is working as an integral part of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to achieve the commitment for the Games to be the most diverse and inclusive ever. By the time the Games start, Adecco UK will have recruited 7,000 people.


[1]Source: Ciett Economic Report 2011.