14 new companies join the “Collective of French Companies in favour of a more Inclusive Economy”: 33 major companies are now part of this movement.

 

  • Roll-out at local level in the first six areas
  • 1,000 new apprentices as of September 2019
  • More than 6 million hours of additional continuous training by 2020
  • Increase in inclusive procurement to support the growth of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and very small, small or medium-sized local companies

Paris, 23 May 2019 Accenture France & Benelux, Groupe ADP, AG2R La Mondiale, Groupe Casino, Covea, Elsan, International SOS, Kering, L’Oréal, Manpower France, Microsoft France, Rexel, Sonepar and Suez have today joined the Collective of Companies for a More Inclusive Economy (Collectif des entreprises en faveur d'une économie plus inclusive en France), a voluntary and spontaneous initiative launched in December 2018 by a group of companies seeking to use their collective economic assets to make a social and societal difference.

Now representing over 1.4 million employees across more than 54,000 sites in France, the Collective is strengthening its commitments and actions to ensure more inclusive growth, which will also benefit socially and economically vulnerable people throughout the country.

 

An op-ed was published in Le Monde on 18 December 2018, announcing the launch of a collective of companies for a more inclusive economy in France, “As a collective, we believe that there is a pressing need for more inclusiveness in our country’s economy, that economic progress and social progress go hand in hand, and that the social fabric should be rebuilt from the economic fabric. In other words, the economy and its underlying financial structure must be at the service of society.”  

The Collective now counts a total of 33 companies that are leaders in their respective business sectors and with branches throughout France, not only in towns and cities but also in more rural areas. The Collective is concentrating its efforts in three priority areas: (1) implementing concrete actions to promote access to employment and safeguard career paths, especially for young people and the most socially and economically vulnerable populations; (2) rolling out products and services designed to provide daily support to vulnerable people; and (3) developing inclusive procurement policies.

 

Strengthening our commitments toward access to employment and safeguarding career paths

The arrival of 14 new companies will bring the number of apprentices to more than 64,000 and add further momentum to the initiatives announced in December to support the professional integration of young people from French urban policy priority neighbourhoods.

The actions proposed by the member companies are due to be rolled out by the summer in the first six areas: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Rouen, Saint-Denis and Strasbourg.

By September 2019, more than 1,000 new apprentices will have joined the Collective’s companies.

 

Using our companies' buying power to drive social inclusion

Developing a proactive procurement policy is a key step toward taking a more active role in the economic development of our regions and therefore in the fight against precariousness. The members of the Collective aim to strengthen their cooperation with SSE businesses and organisations, which support the most fragile populations, including people with disabilities and people outside the job market.

In the coming weeks, the Collective will set concrete commitments in this new scope.

Moreover, the Collective is continuing to develop product and service offerings aimed at socially and economically vulnerable people, with the ultimate goal of helping them save thousands of euros a year.

 

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About the Collective of Companies for a More Inclusive Economy in France

Founded on 18 December 2018, the Collective of Companies for a More Inclusive Economy in France (Collectif des entreprises pour une économie plus inclusive en France) is a voluntary and spontaneous initiative bringing together 33 companies seeking to use their economic clout to make a social and societal difference: Accenture France & Benelux, Accor, Adecco Groupe, Groupe ADP, AG2R La Mondiale, Axa, BNP Paribas, Groupe BPCE, Carrefour, Groupe Casino, Covea, Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale, Crédit Agricole, Groupe CRIT, Danone, EDF, Elsan, Engie, International SOS, Kering, Korian, L’Oréal, Manpower France, Microsoft France, Orange, Groupe Renault, Rexel, Schneider Electric, Sodexo, Sonepar, Suez, Système U and Veolia.

This Collective works in three priority areas: (1) implementing concrete actions to promote access to employment and safeguard career paths, especially for young people and the most socially and economically vulnerable populations; (2) rolling out products and services designed to provide daily support to vulnerable people; and (3) developing inclusive procurement policies.

Press contact: Michel Calzaroni - m.calza(@)dgm-conseil.fr

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About Sonepar

Sonepar is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services. Assisting customers in a wide range of markets and drawing on the skill and passion of its 46,000 associates, Sonepar has sales of €22.4 billion (as of December 31, 2018). Through a dense network of 170 operating companies spanning 44 countries and 5 continents, and the digital solutions developed, the Sonepar Group delivers greater service and enhanced customer relations every day. Sonepar’s ambition is to become “La Référence” - the standard-setter for all its stakeholders.

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