Carrefour updates on its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities

Carrefour’s employment rate of people with disabilities has increased by 21.3% over four years

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate International Disability Day on 3 December, Carrefour is taking stock of its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Currently, more than 11,000 disabled people work for Carrefour. That’s an increase of 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and the figure rose by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Carrefour – a company that accepts people with disabilities in all of the countries in which it operates

A founder member of the ILO’s Global Disability Network in 2011, Carrefour takes action at local level in order to help people with disabilities get onto the job markets of all of the countries in which it operates. With some 11,200 employees with disabilities, Carrefour implements major initiatives which go beyond legal requirements. These initiatives have a tangible positive impact. The share of disabled people it employs increased by 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Here are some examples of the initiatives it has deployed:

. In France, with 4000 disabled employees, 6.3% of the people it employs in supermarkets and 6.7% of the people it employs in hypermarkets (as many as 14% in some) have some form of disability. The “Mission Handicap” agreement was first entered into in 1999 and has been renewed six times since.

. In Brazil, all Carrefour stores employ people with disabilities. Carrefour has deployed the “Eu pratico a inclusão” (I support inclusion) programme, together with the “Meu amigo e especial” (My friend is special) scheme to help them integrate into the company. This proactive policy has increased the number of disabled employees to 1600 – nearly 300 of whom were hired in 2015.

. In Belgium, Carrefour launched the “Duo Day” programme in 2015, set up in partnership with the AWIPH (Walloon agency for the integration of disabled persons). Under this scheme, employees are asked to work in tandem with a disabled person for several days. The campaign is an opportunity for people with disabilities to find out about life in the workplace, and to raise people’s awareness of how these people – who are full of potential – can be employed.

. In Poland, Carrefour employs 600 employees with disabilities – 5% of its total workforce. Stores work closely alongside the Ekon association which was set up to help people find or return to employment in its partner companies (one of which is Carrefour).

Furthermore, Carrefour gives its disabled customers the same level of attention, and has created a number of services designed to help them do their shopping. For example, Carrefour Belgium provides blind people and people with reduced mobility with support while they shop. Carrefour France welcomes guide dogs and supports the associations which train them, so that they can familiarise themselves with public places.

“Invisible” disability is also an area in which Carrefour is taking action

In July, Carrefour entered into an agreement with France’s Armed Services to provide military personnel physiologically or psychologically wounded in the line of duty with immersion traineeships. The aim is to give them guidance in finding a new civilian career and offer them appropriate retraining. Military personnel can carry out traineeships for periods of up to six months. They may then be offered either a fixed-term contract, or a permanent contract. So far, Carrefour has provided four soldiers wounded in the line of duty with traineeships.

Following on from a partnership entered into with the Ninsun Project association and Autistic Children without Borders (designed to facilitate the schooling of autistic children and teenagers), Carrefour is helping young adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to get onto the job market, working alongside the Ass des As association. Carrefour’s recruitment managers meet the families, provide them with information about the various jobs on offer and arrange coaching sessions (interview practice, etc.).

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

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. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

For the 4th consecutive year Big C honored for its support to people with disabilities

BANGKOK, Thailand, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, Minister of Social Development and Human Security, grants an award to honor Big C Supercenter for its unceasingly support as a private organization for life quality development and provision of opportunities to people with disabilities. The company has received such honorary award for the 4th consecutive year. Mr. Vasu Thirasak, Director of Human Resources at Big C Supercenter, represented the company during the award presentation on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, at Royal Jubilee Ballroom, Muang Thong Thani.

Today, Big C Supercenter has employed over 500 staff with disabilities, making the company Thailand’s number one retailer in recruiting disabled talents.

Big C Supercenter Public Company Limited
6th Floor, 97/11 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel. 0-2655-0666

SOURCE: Big C Supercenter Public Company Limited

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For the 4th consecutive year Big C honored for its support to people with disabilities

LVMH Group raises awareness among staff of its commitment to employing and retaining people with disabilities

PARIS, 2015-12-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the LVMH Group is raising awareness among staff of its commitment to employing and retaining people with disabilities, which earned it the Trophée de la Diversité award in 2015.

Human Resources Directors and CSR officers from LVMH companies have been invited to a meeting at LVMH headquarters on December 3rd to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Eight videos were screened during the event, each spotlighting a best practice at a different House. The diversity of sectors (Louis Vuitton, Sephora, Veuve Clicquot, Loewe, Parfums Christian Dior, Donna Karan and LVMH Watches & Jewelry), geographies (UK, China, Japan, Russia, etc.) and initiatives underlines scope and depth of the disabilities policy across the Group.

The day culminated with the presentation of the Trophée de la Diversité award to Christian Sanchez, LVMH Director of Industrial Relations & Social Development, by Anne Saüt, Managing Director and founder of Diversity Conseil. Created ten years ago by the HR consulting firm, the Diversity Award recognizes significant or exemplary initiatives by businesses to promote diversity. The jury comprises prominent experts in the field.

After previously winning the award in 2011 and 2013, LVMH was again recognized in 2015 in the training category for the Group’s EXCELLhanCE program, which offers training for sales roles in the luxury industry for people with disabilities. Developed in partnership with AGEFIPH, an association that manages funding to bring people with disabilities into the workforce, the initiative has already benefited 25 people who work at ten different LVMH Houses.

SOURCE: LVMH

 

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LVMH Group raises awareness among staff of its commitment to employing and retaining people with disabilities

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Carrefour celebrates International Disability Day and constantly striving to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace

Find out how Carrefour is constantly striving to do more to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace! We take a look at some of the initiatives being implemented in the various countries in which the Group operates.

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-12-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour is involved in long-term initiatives designed to integrate growing numbers of people with disabilities into the workplace. Its policy centres on three priorities: recruitment/integration, training and retention. Carrefour employs more than 11,200 employees* with disabilities throughout the world – an increase of 21.3% over four years.

The countries in which Carrefour operates are taking action to provide people with disabilities with access to employment

Within the framework of its Disability policy, Carrefour France has been working closely alongside the ARPEJEH (an association set up to help young and disabled students achieve their goals) since January 2014, and has helped organise:
– workshops designed to present different professions to students with disabilities
– store visits for groups of 5 to 6 young people with disabilities
– workshops designed to help young people prepare for life in the workplace with mock interviews
– traineeships for 14-year-olds.

As far as hypermarkets are concerned, the 6th “Mission Handicap” agreement was signed in 2014, providing people with disabilities in France with easier access to career development opportunities, block-release courses and long-term employment.

And supermarkets launched their own internal communications campaign to raise their employees’ awareness of issues to do with disabilities in the workplace with posters and special information on their intranet portal.

The Supply Chain teams took part in the Free Handi’se Trophy race in 2014 and then again in 2015. Three teams, each made up of two employees with disabilities and two able-bodied employees, covered 682 km on tandem bicycles and in canoes, supported by more than 1000 people from the Supply Chain teams all along their route. And this initiative was featured in the ILO’s newsletter.

In Belgium, since 2014, Carrefour Belgium has been a partner of the AWIPH (a Walloon agency set up to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities). Its purpose is to provide people with mental and physical disabilities with more opportunities to establish a footing in the workplace. The first tangible results of this partnership came in March 2015 with the Duo Day project. This project provides employees with an opportunity to partner up with a disabled person for between 1 and 5 days.

Duo Day is not just an opportunity for people with disabilities to find out about life in the workplace: it also helps change people’s mentalities in our society about employing people who are full of potential.

In Spain, Carrefour works alongside numerous foundations which defend the interests of people with disabilities, and it sponsors Forums for People with Disabilities throughout the year. Similarly, in Poland, Carrefour Poland’s programme to promote the employment of people with disabilities began in 2010 and is still going strong.

Carrefour China is also taking action on this issue: it currently employs 842 people with disabilities* – that’s 1.46% of its total workforce. Initiatives to promote the employment and well-being of people with disabilities are structured around five key principles:
– being in compliance with legislation
– promoting employment for people with disabilities: the Dalian Beijing Park and Shenyang Yuhong Plaza stores have recruited more disabled employees than legislation requires them to
– adapting the working environment
– developing skills
– paying special attention to people with disabilities.

In South America, Carrefour’s teams are also involved in promoting the employment of people with disabilities. Carrefour Brazil, meanwhile, is prioritising employment and promotion for people with disabilities through its global Diversity programme. In 2014, 287 people* were hired thanks to partnerships with NGOs and associations supporting jobs for people with disabilities.

In Argentina, Carrefour has entered into an agreement with Arcor (an international company involved in the food industry) whereby disabled Arcor employees can work at Carrefour stores, stocking shelves with Arcor products. As part of its Disability programme, MANPOWER trains Carrefour employees who are tasked with welcoming people with disabilities and raises their awareness.

Since the partnership was launched in August 2014, 3 hearing-impaired people have been hired to work in 3 Carrefour hypermarkets in Argentina.

Carrefour’s initiative to help the disabled – key dates:

> 1999, the first Disability agreement was signed by Hypermarkets in France.

> At the end of 2011, Carrefour entered into a partnership agreement with the Disability Network of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in order to work alongside organisations and other companies on promoting the employment of disabled people around the world.

> On 30 September 2015, Carrefour stepped up its commitment to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Georges Plassat – Carrefour’s CEO – and Philip Jennings – General Secretary of the UNI Global Union, in the presence of Guy Ryder – Director-General of the International Labour Organisation – signed an international agreement to promote Social dialogue and Diversity and to ensure the protection of Fundamental Principles and Rights in the workplace… and disability is a key theme of this agreement.
> At the end of October 2015, Georges Plassat and Guy Ryder signed the ILO’s Disability Charter designed to provide disabled people with jobs, help keep them in employment and promote their interests.

Why an “International Disability Day”?
Since 1992, International Disability Day – a UN initiative – has been celebrated every year on the 3 December. The day features in the diaries of schools and other educational establishments and is an opportunity to provide people with a better understanding of disability, create a dialogue between pupils and the teaching body and help foster an awareness of the issues involved in enabling young disabled people to go to school.

* as of 31 December 2014

SOURCE: Carrefour