Diversity: Safran’s proactive inclusion policy

France’s 14th National Week for Employment of the Disabled, from November 15 to 21, was organized by ADAPT, the Association for the Social and Professional Integration of Disabled Persons. Francis Baeny, Safran Vice President for Labor-Management Relations, reviews the Group’s policy in this essential area.

How is Safran investing in this special event?
For Safran, the National Week for Employment of the Disabled is first of all an opportunity to participate in specific recruiting operations, such as Jobdating, Job Studios, Handicafés and the employment forums organized by ADAPT. Other measures to encourage communications and raise awareness among managers and employees will also be organized in different Group companies; these include a corporate theater group, a roundtable on an innovative training program for disabled persons and, more generally, an operation called Un jour, un métier en action, ("a day, a job in action"), where disabled persons seeking employment are welcomed for a day to discover the professions at Safran through meetings with current employees.

How would you describe Safran's policy in favor of employing the disabled?
For a number of years now, Safran has applied a proactive policy designed to support the integration of disabled employees in Group companies. To diversify our candidate pool, we are working with the association Tremplin Entreprises. And via the Safran Foundation for Integration, the "Elan" project enables us to welcome disabled persons via work-study contracts. In addition, we are a partner in the "Salto" project, conducted by Agefiph*, that supports the integration of disabled persons in industry. All of these initiatives reflect the Group's proactive diversity policy. And on November 8 we joined other corporations that have signed the Diversity Charter.

What new projects are in the pipeline for the next few months?
We especially want to bolster our actions to raise employee awareness of this matter, so we can eliminate any lingering stereotypes. In April 2011, we will draw up an initial report on the agreement signed with Agefiph, to measure the concrete outcome of commitments made by Safran in terms of recruiting disabled persons, and sustaining and supporting their employment.

* Agefiph: a French association that manages funds for the sustained professional integration of disabled persons in private industry.