The Group's commitments for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated worldwide on 3 December. This day is about promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to raise awareness of their situation in all aspects of society. Since 2007, Societe Generale and Mission Handicap have been taking numerous initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Here is an overview of the Group’s actions on this commitment in 2023.
An active mobilisation at local level
In 2023, Mission Handicap Societe Generale took part in about 15 forums and trade fairs across France. In addition to raising awareness on disability among students, particularly through the Hanploi&School programme* run by our partner association THransition, the Group's participation in these events also provided an opportunity to offer internships, work-study placements, jobs, etc. to people with disabilities.
Societe Generale also took part in a panel discussion at the Audencia forum, where an employee with a disability shared his views on "How to address and support disability in the workplace" with the. Moreover, Loïc Brin – Managing Director from General Inspection (IGAD) – welcomed a secondary school student with a non-visible disability* to discover his job for one week.
Tangible and long-term commitments
The Group's commitment to disability is also reflected in a range of tangible initiatives, both in France and internationally.
For the sixth time, Societe Generale SA in France renewed the 2023-2025 Three-Year Agreement* “promoting jobs and labour market participation by persons with disabilities”.
The European Week for the Employment of People with Disabilities, held from 20 to 24 November 2023, was once again an opportunity to organise initiatives to raise awareness about disabilities among the Group's employees: conferences, awareness-raising workshops, focus on existing dedicated training courses.
A Conversation Guide “Working together to create an inclusive environment with people with disabilities” was also created to help employees discuss about disabilities. This document uses real-life situations and ideas to help address the question of disability, regardless of the position held within the company. Using the right words, staying vigilant, knowing the boundary between professional and personal life: all of these are keys to ensuring quality of life at work, diversity and professional development.
And for the first time, the Move For Youth solidarity sports challenge was open to people with disabilities.
Societe Generale employed 2,590 people with disabilities at the end of 2022 and continues its commitment to helping these people find employment.