Safran takes active role in French national disabled employment week
Paris, November 19, 2013
During the 17th National Disabled Employment Week in France, from November 18 to 24, 2013, Safran once again confirms its full-fledged commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.
Throughout the week, a number of Safran companies are organizing events to raise employee awareness concerning the employment of disabled persons, using quizzes, conferences, testimonials, role-playing games, and much more.
Safran is also launching an in-house poster campaign, entitled "Safran is committed, how about you?", with the participation of several volunteer disabled employees from the Group.
Safran is also participating in the employment forum organized by ADAPT, the French association for the social and professional integration of disabled persons, on November 20. For the second year in a row it is a partner in the initiative "J'en crois pas mes yeux" ("I can't believe my eyes"), using a series of short films based on real situations to address the subject of disabled persons in companies. Furthermore, Safran will contribute to the operation "Un jour, un métier en action" ("A day to discover a profession"), organized by Agefiph, the French association that manages funds for the employment of disabled persons, which welcomes disabled job-seekers for a day so they can discover Safran's wide range of companies and professions.
In another flagship initiative, Safran companies in the Toulouse area of southwest France (Technofan, SES, Labinal, Microturbo, etc.), a rugby hotbed, will meet on November 20 to welcome the association Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport. Several mini-tournaments will be organized during the day, with matches lasting 10 to 15 minutes, between company employees and professional players from the city's rugby union club. The aim is to unify everybody involved via a sport – Wheelchair Rugby – that reflects both solidarity and the region's commitment to its favorite sport.
Since 2006, Safran has taken a proactive stance to foster the hiring and integration of disabled persons by working with a number of different associations. For example, Safran is a partner in the "Salto" project, designed to offer positions on a work-study basis in industry to disabled persons. Safran is also a founding member of the association Hanvol, initiated by French aerospace industry association GIFAS, which promotes the integration, training and employment of disabled persons in the aerospace sector (often as part of retraining programs). Another major Safran project is "Elan", in which the Group welcomes disabled young persons as apprentices or a vocational training contract. From 2006 to 2012, Safran welcomed more than 190 persons through this project.
Safran further expanded its commitment last year by signing, in April 2012, a Group-wide agreement for the employment of disabled persons. This agreement clearly reflects Safran's commitment to hiring more disabled workers, supporting their professional development, and adapting their work environment if required. The number of disabled employees in Safran as a percentage of the total workforce rose from 4.3% at year-end 2011 to 4.5% at the end of 2012.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 62,500 employees and generated sales of 13.6 billion euros in 2012. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.6 billion Euros in 2012. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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