Assystem is a pioneer in its industry when it comes to employing people with disabilities. Because we firmly believe that the diversity of a company’s workforce adds value, over the past ten years we have put in place numerous measures to promote the employment of disabled workers.
Assystem put its commitment to people with disabilities into practice back in 2007 when it set up a special disability project unit called Mission Handicap. The main aims of Mission Handicap are to help people with disabilities remain in their jobs, promote the hiring of more disabled employees and raise awareness among our people about the challenges of having a disability in the workplace. Since then, our recruitment rate for disabled workers has risen from 0.8% to 2.5% and the number of new hires of people with disabilities has increased six-fold.
In the same vein, in 2013 Assystem signed its first company-level agreement on disability equality, which marked the launch of a three-year action plan. A second agreement was then signed for the period from 2016 to 2018 and followed by a current third agreement (2019 – 2022), based on six priority areas:
1 – Helping people with disabilities remain in their jobs
2 – Hiring and integrating new employees with disabilities
3 – Training and building the skills of employees with disabilities
4 – Informing and raising awareness about disability, through initiatives carried out both within and outside the Group
5 – Developing partnerships with the sheltered work sector
6 – Financing innovative technological projects dedicated to helping people with disabilities in the workplace
A practical example:
The Handroide project came into being to find a solution to a practical problem: how can we help people with reduced mobility to access all industrial sites and therefore remove one of the obstacles workers with disabilities face when looking for a job in engineering? Developed in-house, this project took tangible shape through a state-of-the-art mobility assistance wheelchair, which has three different uses. The first – and most basic – is a traditional wheelchair. The second is a Segway-type people transporter mode which can be used to easily cover long distances. And lastly, it has an exoskeleton mode, which enables users to actually walk in order to climb up steps and banks.