Insights – Integration

UN Global Compact: International principles and standards

Adecco believes labour markets should be fair and free from discrimination and malpractices that hinder the integration of adults into the workforce.

Adecco endorses the OECD Guidelines for MNEs and is signatory
of the UN Global Compact

In accordance with the UNGC principle 6, Adecco upholds the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In line with ILO convention 111, Adecco does not allow any form of discrimination against its employees or associates and candidates with respect to employment or occupation. This includes any grounds such as race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin (unless selectivity concerning employee characteristics furthers established governmental policies which specifically promote greater equality of employment opportunity or relates to the inherent requirements of a job). The non-discrimination applies not only in context of access to employment and particular occupations, but also in context of terms and conditions of employment as well as access to vocational training. Furthermore, Adecco promotes equal remuneration for men and women conducting work of equal value as set forth in the ILO convention 100.

In accordance with the UNGC principles 3, Adecco upholds the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining. As set forth in the ILO conventions 87 and 98, Adecco respects the right of its associates and candidates as well as employees to be represented by trade unions and other bona fide representatives of employees, and engage in constructive negotiations, either individually or through employers’ associations, with a view to reaching agreements on employment conditions.

In accordance with the UNGC principle 4, Adecco upholds the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour. As set forth in the ILO convention 29, Adecco declines any work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily (except some special cases of forms of compulsory labour as defined in Art. 2 of the ILO convention 29).

Adecco also supports the ILO convention 105, which calls to take effective measures to secure the immediate and complete abolition of forced or compulsory labour.

In accordance with to the UNGC principle 5, Adecco upholds the effective abolition of child labour. Concerning minimum ages for employment, Adecco adheres to the applicable local law as long as it complies at least with minimum ages as specified by the ILO convention 138. In case there is no or insufficient local law on minimum ages, Adecco applies article 2 of the ILO convention 138, stating that the minimum age shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, shall not be less than 15 years. Of course, Adecco also supports the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour as defined in ILO convention 182.