Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/2013

Economic indicators

EC1 Economic key data

Overall economic key data, see pages 2–3; and Adecco Group Annual Report 2012, pages 45–47.

Adecco donations for philanthropic purposes:


   Donations by Adecco
in 2012





Adecco Foundation France

EUR 500,000

page 40

Adecco Foundation Italy

EUR 350,000

page 40

Adecco Foundation Spain

EUR 190,960

page 40

Adecco Foundation Germany

EUR 50,000


Adecco USA, various Community Partnerships

EUR 80,000


Helping Young People Succeed

USD 360,000

page 39

Main investments in philanthropic activities:


in 2012





Adecco Foundation France [*]

EUR 750,000

page 40

Adecco Foundation Italy [*]

EUR 380,000

page 40

Adecco Foundation Spain [*]

EUR 10.4 million

page 40

Adecco Foundation Germany

EUR 50,000


Adecco USA, various Community Partnerships

EUR 80,000


Helping Young People Succeed

USD 360,000

page 39

[*]Co-funded by external sources, such as subsidies/taxes in France, Spain, Italy, and third-party donations (Italy, Spain).

EC2 Financial implications of climate change
The efforts to address climate change represent business opportunities for us.
Due to climate change and increased focus on alternative energy, this has become an important topic for our industry also in terms of the creation of new job profiles. Through renewable energy from alternative sources such as wind energy, solar energy and biomass, green technology, new job profiles and client needs are emerging.

In accordance to the ILO report ‘Working towards sustainable development: opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy’, the transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty. We expect climate change mitigation to lead to new profiles both in developed countries and in emerging markets. For the time being, we have a workgroup in place comprised of sales specialists who are monitoring and exchanging best practices with regards to the sustainable energy sector, its job profiles, trends and needs.
More details about risks and opportunities related to climate change are provided in our Carbon Disclosure Project assessment:

EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government
The Adecco Group does not receive any material financial subsidies for its business from governments. However, some of our social contributions at local level are subsidised (in total, ca. EUR 7.25 million, mainly through our main foundations (see EC2 on this page). These include labour integration projects and joint programmes with governmental organisations. These subsidies do not contribute to our business operations, but support our efforts in helping disadvantaged and unemployed people re-/integrate into the labour market.

EC5 Range of ratios of standard entry-level wage compared to local minimum wage
Adecco Group is a decentralised, global enterprise, with some 5,400 branches in more than 60 countries, managing over 700,000 associates at any given time in all professions and business sectors. We have for the time being decided not to report in relation to this GRI economic performance indicator, but may consider to do so at a later date.

EC6 Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally based suppliers at significant locations of operation
The procurement of goods, materials and services is usually not directly related to our products and services but rather to our business operations. We have global supplier agreements for some goods and services but most suppliers are chosen by our country organisations.
Currently, Adecco’s supplier diversity efforts are focused in the US and Canada through the engagement of minority and women owned businesses in the procurement process. The vast majority of our spend with diverse suppliers is through staffing partners proactively engaged as subcontractors. In 2012, approximately 125 of the over 400 suppliers we work with were validated diverse suppliers with a total spend that exceeded USD 530 million up from USD 224 million in 2010.

EC7 Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community
The procedures for hiring senior managers are generally carried out at country level with local talents. Generally, our management and senior management in our country organisations are hired from the respective countries or are recruited from within the existing Adecco Group talent pool.

EC8 Development and impact of services provided primarily for public benefit
The following table provides an overview of partnerships and joint programmes at country level for public benefit:

Partner organisation(s)                                                                              

Short description of project or programme

Adecco Group

European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

Expert Group on employment with multi stakeholders: European institutions, NGOs, National Authorities Against Discrimination, Trade Unions and corporations (Adecco Group, IBM, L’Oréal, Sodexo).

ILO Global Business & Disability network

Dialogue Group on disability inclusion within corporations, initiated at EU level by Adecco and partner companies in 2004. In 2012, the Network was formally established, and it continues to share business cases and experiences on disability management among the Network members.

  • International Olympic Committee
  • International Paralympic Committee

Training and labour integration of elite athletes

Training and labour integration of elite athletes

Adecco Belgium

  • Network For Training Entrepreneurship NFTE Belgium

Adecco is a ‘Golden Partner’ of NFTE. Teaching entrepreneurship to low-income youth, helping them to become economically indendent members of society.

  • Close The Gap, an international not-for-profit organisation with a focus on improving local knowledge and putting local  talent to work by offering cost-efficient IT solutions to projects in developing countries

Adecco assists with IT equipment supplies. All our computers and PC-screens are given to Close The Gap. The donations amounts to about 700 pieces every year.

Attitude & Coaching program in Belgium with Marc Herremans as our godfather.

The aim of this program is especially for young people, just graduated or long unemployed to help them in a quicker and more efficient way to a employment.

Adecco Canada

  • Skills for Change (SfC), Canadian non-profit agency
  • Learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees

Adecco Group France, Adecco

  • European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

(see above under Adecco Group)

  • ILO Global Business & Disability Network

(see above under Adecco Group)

  • European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD)

EASPD is the European Association of Service Providers for people with disabilities and represents over 10,000 social service provider organisations across Europe and Disability.

  • Agefiph, Association for Disabled Workers’ Integration

Labour integration programme for disabled and unemployed people

  • Direction for Integration & Citizenship (Ministry of Internal Affairs) and National Agency for Social Cohesion and Equality

Programmes for people at risk of exclusion such as migrants, minorities, etc.

  • Réseau Adecco Insertion (Adecco’s subsidiary for labour integration through temporary work, in partnership with Groupe Idées)

Labour integration programme for low-skilled, unemployed people

  • Pôle emploi (French national public job centre)

Labour programme for long-term unemployed people

  • Ministry for Work and Social Affairs
  • Conseil National des Missions Locales (CNML, a national office specifically for young unemployed people with social difficulties): national agreement
  • Pôle emploi (French national public job centre)

‘Projet Jeunes Destination Emploi’: Integration of young unemployed people from socially disadvantaged communities into the labour market.

More details on CSR-related partnerships in France are provided in the French ‘rapport de responsabilité sociale et environnementale (RSE)

Adecco Italy and Adecco Foundation

  • Public Employee Services, regional and local communities throughout the country
  • Private associations and foundations throughout the country

Labour integration programmes for

  • People with disabilities
  • Long-term unemployed
  • People over 40
  • Single mothers
  • Athletes
  • Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Istituto Boselli di Torino
  • Istituti Tecnici e Professionali di Padova
  • Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Research and publications on labour market developments, in particular concerning socially disadvantaged people.
  • Preparing students for labour market entry

More details on CSR-related partnerships in Italy are provided in the ‘Bilancio Sociale 2011/2012’ of the Adecco Foundation Italy.

Adecco Netherlands

  • JINC (business-financed association to support literacy of young people with difficult socio-economic backgrounds)

Adecco organises practical interview courses at high schools in Amsterdam-West for underprivileged youth. Each year, about

1,000 students attend the courses.

  • Foundation ‘Lezen en Schrijven’

Adecco is involved in the Lezen en Schrijven project of the Stichting Lezen & Schrijven foundation, which is campaigning to reduce illiteracy in the Netherlands.

  • Project Frisse Start

Adecco is involved in a sports project for unemployed people to help them reintegrate into the labour market.

Public authorities of Almere

Programme ‘Duurzaam werken aan werk’ - a business initiative with the government in Almere to reduce unemployment.

KNVB Talentteam

Adecco collaborates with the KNVB to provide traineeships for candidates in soccer associations.

Adecco Poland

  • Education First, world leader in the organisation of foreign language courses
  • Autocreation Foundation
  • European Management Assistants in Poland

Advisory & training project to help office workers (assistants, office managers, receptionists) find employment.

  • TEB Education

Training programme for students after secondary school enhancing successful job search, preparation of applications and interviews.

  • State College of Shorthand and Foreign Languages

Labour integration programme for college graduates.

  • Amnesty International in Poland

Cooperation in the recruitment of people for Amnesty International information activities.

Adecco Spain and Adecco Foundation

  • Ministry for Work and Social Affairs
  • Public Employee Services, regional and local communities throughout the country
  • Private associations and foundations throughout the country

Labour integration programmes for

  • (long-term) unemployed people
  • disabled people
  • people over 45
  • single mothers
  • athletes and ex-athletes
  • También Foundation
  • Deporte y Desafio Foundation
  • La Caixa Foundation
  • Down’s Syndrome Foundation
  • 120 further local foundations and associations

Labour integration programmes for people with disabilities

  • FEFN, Spanish Federation of large families
  • Foundation Másfamilia

Online training for the mothers of large families

Focus on the development of better protection and an enhanced quality of life for families.

  • University of Lérida
  • University of Castilla La Mancha
  • Polytechnic University of Madrid

Development of software to better accommodate the needs of people with disabilities in the workplace.

A complete list of partnerships is provided in the Spanish Adecco Foundation’s ‘Memoria 2012

  • Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad

Business association of large companies committed to sustainable growth within the economic, social and environmental dimensions.

  • Universities of Barcelona, Cádiz, Huelva, Sevilla,
    Internacional de Catalunya Miguel Hernández de Elche

Programmes to improve the employability of students with disabilities.

  • Gresol Foundation, a recognised platform for analysing and exchanging socio-economic opinions

Adecco Foundation sponsors the category social commitments of theGaudí Gresol awards to recognise companies in Catalunya.

  • European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Partnership on the European Day of People With Disabilities.

  • UN Global Compact Association Spain

Local network on CSR issues, including annual Communication on Progress (CoP).

  • Crecer+

The programme offers employment and training opportunities to young people and encompasses five countries in Latin America and Spain. It is done in cooperation with Endesa.

Adecco Switzerland

  • ORIF – Intégration et formation professionelle

Collaboration with 30 Adecco branches. The project supports the integration of people in difficult situations (e.g. accident, disability, illness) into the labour market.

  • University of Zurich, Institute of Sociology

Issuing and publishing the quarterly Adecco Swiss Job Market Index ASJMI,

Badenoch & Clark UK

  • Disability Symbol – Positive about disabled people

Support for disabled people looking for jobs by connecting them with companies experienced in hiring, retaining and developing the abilities of disabled staff.

Adecco UK

  • Paralympics GB

The official charity partner to Adecco UK & Ireland, encouraging branches, clients and associates to follow, support and cheer on local Paralympic athletes beyond sports.

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Help for Heroes

A wide variety of local fund-raising activities across the UK to support the charity of the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and Help for Heroes which supports wounded military personnel.

Adecco USA

  • Military Spouse Employment Partnership

The Military Spouse Programme is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for military spouses and employers.

  • Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces

Hero 2 Hired: an initiative to recruit, train and put skilled Reservists to work while on inactive duty with the Army.

  • US Chamber of Commerce

Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment.

  • NBDC – National Business and Disability Council
  • Viscardi Center/Abilities, Inc.
  • Just One Break, Inc.
  • Work Without Limits – Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities

Enhancing the workplace and opportunities for disabled workers.

  • National Urban League

An organisation that seeks to empower minorities and women in the areas of employment, health and education.

  • Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • SAGEWorks
  • And about 50 further partner organisations supporting the integration of people from minority groups into the workforce.

Labour integration support for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT).