Insights – Integration

Disability and employment

We are involved in ‘Disability & Employment’ programmes in France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, the USA and Argentina. In order to help people with disabilities find suitable employment, we build partnerships with the respective NGOs. We also train our staff in specific aspects relating to disabilities in recruitment procedures and provide specific training for mentally and physically challenged applicants to increase their employability. Finally, we give our clients guidance about how to welcome someone with a specific disability onto their team and prepare the work environment accordingly.

We employ thousands of people with disabilities

As a result of our ‘Disability & Employment’ programme, the Adecco Group probably employs more people with disabilities in Europe than any other company. In 2010, the Adecco Group helped around 9,000 people with disabilities gain employment in Europe, which is an increase of 20% compared to 2009.

ILO Global Business and Disability Network

Due to Adecco’s long-standing experience in integrating people with different backgrounds and abilities into the workforce, in 2010, the company was approached by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) to take part in and co-develop a global Business and Disability Network. The Network comprises multinational companies, existing employer and business networks on disability, as well as representatives of disability organisations. The goal of the network is to assist companies integrating disabled people into the workplace.

Adecco has also joined the Steering Committee which held its first meeting in June 2011. The Network has four main purposes and areas of focus:

  • Sharing knowledge and identifying good practices among companies and employers’ organisations.
  • Developing joint products and services for employers and companies to facilitate hiring and retention.
  • Strengthening the work of employers’ organisations and business networks that have greater access to small and medium-size companies at national level, plus building their technical ex-pertise on disability issues.
  • Linking companies to ILO activities and partners at national level and working through their local offices and supply chains.

The Network is a joint activity of the Employers’ Bureau and the Disability Team in the Skills and Employability Department, operating out of the ILO headquarters in Geneva.

Some country highlights at a glance:

  • In France, Adecco Medical and Agefiph (the most important association in France for inclusion of professional people with disabilities) signed a collaboration agreement in June 2010 dedicated to the recruitment of people with disabilities specifically for jobs in the health sector.
  • In Paris, Adecco Group France opened a city centre branch specialising in the recruitment of people with disabilities. The branch helps coordinate the disabled recruitment efforts of other Adecco branches in the Paris region. More insights on Disability & Employment in France:
  • As the official recruitment services provider of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) of permanent and temporary workers, Adecco UK has created a ‘Disability Talent Pool’. This is a comprehensive list of the qualifications and capabilities of disabled candidates who apply for roles in London 2012. We have also introduced a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for particular roles.
  • In the USA, over the past 17 years, through our partnership with ‘Abilities Inc.’ Adecco has been able to connect many of Abilities’ participants to job opportunities in the New York area. As a member of the Abilities Business Advisory Council, Adecco employees have an opportunity to volunteer, offer job shadowing opportunities and participate bi-monthly in practice interviews with students seeking work. The ‘Business Skills’ with Office Technology & Applications Training gives participants an opportunity to learn practical job skills required to secure employment as Data Entry Clerks, Administrative Assistants, Accounting Clerks and Microsoft Office Application Specialists.
  • The Adecco Foundation Spain provides employers with workplace accessibility consultancy services. Working with the ‘Club of Excellence and Sustainability’, our Foundation developed an ‘Accessibility Guide for companies’. The guide addresses design and furniture specifications and offers advice on the adaptation of workspaces for people with disabilitites. As a result of the success of the Guide in Spain, it was presented at the European Parliament in Brussels in January 2010.