Disability: Safran aims to be exemplary

By signing a new agreement with its social partners at the end of 2014, Safran stated its intention to make the continued employment of disabled persons a top priority. Francis Baeny, the Group’s Vice President for labor relations explains why.

Why did Safran sign a new agreement with union organizations?

A first agreement was signed in April 2012 for a three-year period. The momentum it triggered made it obvious that we needed to pursue our policy of promoting the hiring and continued employment of people with disabilities. A large company like ours must fully assume the role it plays in society and be open to the wealth of human diversity and talent.

Thanks to this new agreement, covering the period 2015-2017, we will be able to continue our initiatives in favor of the integration, support and, in particular, the continued employment of disabled persons. Regarding this last point, our goal is to create a continued employment team in each of our facilities.

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What are the objectives of this new agreement?

It aims first of all to improve the lives of the concerned employees. We will therefore adopt measures to improve the accessibility of sites with, for example, signage adapted to certain types of disabilities and the remodeling of workstations. The goal is to ensure that each Group company implements a disability-friendly business approach. The agreement must also serve to reinforce our support for family caregivers, by adjusting their working hours, and, if that is not enough, by providing the equivalent of two extra days off per year. Finally, in terms of recruitment, the agreement provides for the hiring of at least 90 disabled persons during this period, an increase of 25% compared to the previous commitment. Regarding training, we are committed to taking on more than 80 interns and nearly 90 persons in work-study programs, who will join Safran companies. In addition, we will expand our collaboration with sheltered workshops and adapted enterprises*.

 

After more than three years of commitment in support of disabled workers, what is your assessment of the policy?

The first positive point is that we have exceeded our original goals, with over one hundred disabled persons recruited since 2012, 86% of which to full-time positions. We have also remodeled a hundred work stations annually for Group employees with disabilities.

Another source of satisfaction has been the clear mobilization of our sites: in 2013 and 2014 over 90% participated in the "Disabled Employment Week", through quizzes, games, and theater based on this theme. We wouldn't have achieved these results without our network of local "disability/diversity" contacts, who are tasked with applying measures in favor of employing persons with disabilities, identifying good practices and promoting them throughout the Group. Alongside labor organizations and our managers, this network effectively contributes to the success of our policy.

 

* Sheltered workshops represent disabled employees, allowing people with severe disabilities to work professionally in adapted conditions. They are different from adapted enterprises, which are part of the commercial sector and whose workforce includes at least 80% disabled employees (in France).

Key figures

 

- 1,700 disabled employees at Safran*

- Since 2012, Safran has hosted 110 work-study trainees and 70 disabled interns

- Disabled employees account for 4.5% of the total workforce at Safran*

- The Group logged nearly €4 million* in sales with companies in the sheltered and adapted sector.

 

* 2014 figures

 

For more information on Safran' social model

http://www.safran-group.com/institutional-entries/commitmentsKey figures

 

- 1,700 disabled employees at Safran*

- Since 2012, Safran has hosted 110 work-study trainees and 70 disabled interns

- Disabled employees account for 4.5% of the total workforce at Safran*

- The Group logged nearly €4 million* in sales with companies in the sheltered and adapted sector.

 

* 2014 figures

 

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