Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour – in its capacity as current Chair of the ILO’s National Business & Disability Network – was proud to host the “Global Business Engagement for Disability Inclusion” conference on Wednesday 29 June, held at the Group’s head office by the UN body.
Focused on sharing examples of best practice, the event was held in the presence of Ségolène Neuville, France’s Secretary of State for disabled people and tackling exclusion, Georges Plassat, CEO of Carrefour, and Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The event involved 16 major groups which are all members of the network and signatories of the Global Business and Disability Network charter – more than 100 managers, representatives and charity stakeholders all involved in helping to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace.
Last October, Carrefour and trade union Federation UNI Global Union signed an international agreement to promote Social dialogue, Diversity and the employment of people with disabilities. An initiative that is consistent with practices that have been well-established at Carrefour since 1999: it currently employs more than 11,000 people with disabilities.
The ILO’s “Global Business and Disability Network” charter This charter was designed as a tool for companies which – like Carrefour, a signatory since 2015 and a founder member of the network since 2011 – want to favour the professional integration of people with disabilities at international level. It does this through ten principles which companies undertake to implement (non-discrimination, tackling stereotypes, ensuring equal opportunities, awareness-raising, accessibility, etc.) and about which they undertake to measure the impacts and share details of them.
Carrefour is a multi-local, multi-format and multi-channel retailer that employs more than 380,000 staff around the world. It operates in 35 countries and has some 12,300 stores. In 2015, it generated sales under group banners of €104.4 billion. As their partner in day-to-day life, Carrefour welcomes 13 million customers to its stores around the world every day. Through its initiatives, Carrefour has committed to following a more sustainable and responsible retail model. The group’s global CSR policy is structured around three key areas: tackling all forms of waste, protecting biodiversity and providing the company’s partners with support.
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