Glossary

A–C

Adecco Group Foundation The Adecco Group foundations are not-for-profit organisations that directly or indirectly help disadvantaged groups enter the labour market. The foundations can concentrate on the needs of target groups, and build an important basis for the Adecco Group’s social commitments.

Affinity group A small group of individuals responsible for a given activity, issue, role or skill.

Ageing workforce The next few decades will see substantial demographic changes due to the ageing of the workforce. This development will reshape all aspects of our lives, including businesses, workplaces, health and education systems, requiring active intervention by all concerned.

Baby boomers Individuals born between 1946 and 1964.

Branch Where we offer our products and services to candidates and clients.

Candidate Any person interested in becoming an associate or having a permanent placement.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Independent not-for-profit organisation holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world.

Carbon footprint The sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which are induced by activities in a given time frame.

Career management Addresses the needs of both employers and employees throughout their working lives.

Change management The development of a planned approach to changing a method of management or business practice in an organisation. Typically, the objective is to maximise the collective efforts of everybody involved in the change.

Ciett The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies. Ciett is the authoritative voice representing the common interests of the agency work industry and consists of 40 national federations from EU and EFTA and 6 of the largest staffing companies worldwide. Its main objective is to help its members, which include Adecco Group, Olympia Flexgroup, Kelly Services, Manpower, Randstad and USG People. www.ciett.org

Client A buyer of Adecco Group’s HR services.

CO2 equivalent (CO2-e) An accounting value for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: These are generally expressed as a weight of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e). This is because other GHGs may have a different global warming potential from carbon dioxide and it is usual to combine the effect of all greenhouse gases into one number for CO2-e.

Code of Conduct A document referring to companies’ policy statements that define ethical standards for and proper practices for individuals and the organisation.

Competence-based training Training that focuses exclusively on teaching the skills, facts and attitudes associated with a specific job.

CoP Business participants in the UN Global Compact make a commitment to comply with the Global Compact’s ten principles, including theim into their business strategy and their day-to-day operations. At the same time, companies are required to issue an annual Communication on Progress (CoP), a public disclosure to stakeholders on progress made in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, and in supporting broad UN development goals.

Corporate culture The inherent personality of a company or business. This includes a company’s values, vision, principles, traditions, operating methods and work environment. The company places equal value on its associates, customers, shareholders, suppliers and communities, because all these elements are important to the company and its business.

Corporate governance Corporate governance encompasses the full range of principles directed towards shareholders’ interest seeking a good balance between direction and control and transparency at the top company level while maintaining decision-making capacity and efficiency (source: Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance).

Corporate (Social) Responsibility (CR or CSR) The definition CR/CSR is still evolving. It addresses the concept that, beyond merely conducting its business and adhering to legal guidelines, an organisation has obligations such as looking after the welfare of its employees, the community, society at large and the environment. CR encompasses corporate governance, economic, social and environmental responsibilities. CR is backed by UN initiatives such as the Global Compact and is the subject of several standardisation initiatives such as the GRI, the AA1000 series and the ISO 26000 guide.