Following two partnership agreements with AGEFIPH and the signing of the Diversity Charter in 2010, APRIL set up its CSR department to coordinate activities linked to its societal and environmental commitment.
In light of this, the group's General Management decided to establish a group-wide agreement to enable funds to be pooled and a comprehensive, coordinated policy to be put in place regarding employment and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
In April 2012 APRIL made a commitment to DIRECCTE* and the IRPs** through a company-wide agreement to recruit at least 36 people with disabilities in 3 years within the companies in France and in French overseas territories. By the end of the period, the targets had easily been topped as 79 people with disabilities had been recruited or recorded within the group. Administrators, desk-bound or mobile sales representatives, customer service officers, accountants, communications and HR experts, etc. Any position is open to anyone!
Following the success of this first company-wide agreement, the group and the staff representative bodies decided to renew their agreement with DIRECCTE. The new agreement was ratified on 22nd May 2015 and commits APRIL to recruiting 45 people with disabilities over 3 years. In order to get as many people involved as possible and to create the right conditions to ensure newcomers are fully integrated into the company, the Disability team is continuing its work to communicate and raise awareness internally (conferences about returning to work following cancer treatment, conferences on 'dys' disorders, on accessibility, the disability tour of the subsidiaries, stands at specialist and generalist shows and job fairs, etc.) and to promote purchasing from the social and disability-focussed sectors.
DIRRECTE* : DIRECCTE: Regional Department for Business, Competition, Consumption, Work and Employment. IRP** : staff representative body