Disability and employment: the advantages of diversity

The year 2021, a turning point in favor of diversity? This is in any case the wish of the Ministry of Labor, which has allocated an envelope of 150 million euros to the Inclusion Development Fund, as part of a call for projects for the relaunch of the integration sector. by economic activity. In 2019, a year before the health crisis, this budget capped at 23 million euros.

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This boost, which is part of the overall recovery plan, should generate 30,000 new jobs in the inclusion sector (inclusive mobility, old age and autonomy, business services, etc.), by targeting young people, women or even seniors.

Competitive advantages

This envelope is in addition to the 320 million deployed in August and December 2020 to 5,000 inclusive social enterprises. In January 2021, the government also proposed to volunteer companies to set up a diversity index in order to measure the place they give to minorities in their recruitment and management of human resources. It is also committed to facilitating the employment of people with disabilities by extending the hiring bonus, taking disability into account in professional certifications for better awareness, or even bringing together the Cap Emploi networks (actors for the integration and maintenance in ordinary employment of people with disabilities) and Pôle emploi.

While the government is encouraging the involvement of businesses in favor of inclusion through this series of measures, the latter are becoming aware of the many benefits of an equal opportunities policy. According to a study by Deloitte carried out in January 2020, 80% of HRDs and managers believe that the diversity of profiles has competitive advantages: increase in their profits, positive impact on their reputation, attraction and retention of talent, or the growth of ‘innovation.

Proven results

Jaleh Bradea, Director of Inclusion & Equal Opportunities Projects within the Vivendi Group, shares this observation. “To deprive oneself of people with disabilities is to deprive oneself of talent,” she says, underlining the cross interest in inclusion, both on the side of the company and the employee.

Jean-Marc Richard, president of the Amipi Foundation, which enables people with disabilities to find their place in business, has also experienced this. In its six automobile wiring factories, 830 employees work for groups such as PSA, among which 700 have a mental disorder.

And the Foundation’s results are there: 33 million euros in turnover in 2019 and quality levels approaching six errors for a million products. “Employees who only had the walls of their hospital rooms for their horizon,” says Jean-Marc Richard, “now have confidence in these learning companies where benevolence is the rule. “

The number : 57% of 18-34 year olds aspire to more diversity at work

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