International Disability Day
Carrefour's employment rate of people with disabilities has increased by 21.3% over four years
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.).
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