On 13 November in Paris, Expleo became one of the first 100 French companies to sign the Manifesto for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Economic Life. Gérard Brescon, Chief People Officer, represented the Expleo Group and signed the Manifesto following an invitation from Mrs Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister for Persons with Disabilities.
This charter of operational commitments calls on companies to come together on key areas that focus on the professional integration and employability of people with disabilities including: training, recruitment, raising awareness, fighting against prejudice and improving collaboration.
In the Engineering industry, Expleo is considered a pioneer. Since the creation of their Disability Mission in 2007, the group has implemented a proactive handicap policy, reinforced by the signing of three company agreements in 2013, 2016, and 2019. Thanks to these initiatives, Expleo’s disability employment rate has increased from 0.8% in 2008 to 3.5% today.
To help raise awareness, Expleo organises a ‘Handiweek’ twice a year. These events include introductory workshops on sign language or blind tasting of food so employees can experienced life with disabilities and understand better the difficulties encountered by disabled people in their daily lives. The next ‘Handiweek’ is dedicated to the subject of ‘technology for disability’ and is organised between 18 and 25 November 2019. During this week, The Clinatec Centre will present one of their medical research projects that was supported by Expleo: an exoskeleton project linked to a neuroprothesis allowing quadriplegic people to move around.
Gérard Brescon, Chief People Officer, Expleo Group: “Since 2007, Expleo Group has been actively involved in promoting the integration and employability of people with disabilities at work. Signing the Manifesto for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Economy is a continuation of this commitment and marks our desire of going further.”