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Helping disadvantaged groups find employment

Helping disadvantaged groups

The Adecco Group’s largest initiatives to help the unemployed back into work is the government-supported ‘Réseau Adecco Insertion’ programme in France. This operates through 40 specialised branches across the country and coaches over 4,000 people each year. Additionally, the programmes of our foundations in Spain, Italy, and France, support thousands of disadvantaged job seekers every year.

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

Adecco Group is member of the ENAR Expert Group on ‘Promoting Equality in Employment’. This pioneering initiative brings together businesses committed to diversity and inclusion (Adecco Group, IBM, L’Oréal and Sodexo) with non-governmental anti-racist organisations. Together, we work on developing new ways to ensure the full participation of ethnic minorities in the labour market. In 2010 the Expert Group published a strategic report recommending a clear policy and best practices for EU institutions, member states, the private sector and social partners.

Some country highlights at a glance:

  • In 2010, Adecco Argentina was recognised as one of only eleven companies that act as ‘Model of Gender Equality for Argentina’. This award follows the success of a pilot programme of certification of companies in gender equity lead by the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI) and supported by the World Bank.
  • The Adecco Group USA put its focus on the mature workers who face unique challenges due to shifting demographics and evolving workforce trends. During the months of May and June 2010, Adecco Group North America provided ‘job readiness training’ for the Urban League of the Long Island Mature Worker Program.
  • As part of an overall effort to help service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan acclimate to civilian life at home, the Adecco Group USA has supported the U.S. troops as well as military families and veterans through the ‘Career Connections program’ during the months of July, August and September 2010.
  • Adecco UK’s partnership with London 2012 includes the implementation of a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Talent Pool. This was launched at the Afro Caribbean Advocacy Group in November 2010. Also staff from the Government’s Job Centre Plus are embedded in our team on-site at London 2012. This ensures we are fully connected with local communities to hire unemployed people.
  • The introduction of the Equality Act 2010 in UK highlighted the importance of preventing discrim-inatory recruitment practices, in particular through the use of application forms for roles and health declaration forms. One of our UK businesses, Office Angels, produced a leaflet called ‘Your guide to the Equality Act’ for its own employees and clients.