Promoting jobs for the disabled
The 2005 Europe-wide Equal Opportunity Agreement consolidates our commitment to employing and training the disabled. It aims to promote their hiring, in part through in-house awareness campaigns for managers. In 2008, Total employed 1,143 disabled workers, according to the Worldwide Human Resources Survey.
The agreement on the employment of the disabledIn 2006, we signed a framework agreement with all unions at Total to support the employment of the disabled. The agreement sets out our policy for hiring disabled people in France and aims to involve everyone concerned by the issue.
We have implemented a number of initiatives to give new momentum to the recruitment of disabled workers:
- Partnerships and measures to promote disabled hiring, such as our alliance with the association that hosts the Hanploi.com Web site and our participation in various job fairs, job dating events and disability cafés.
- More work-study contracts for apprenticeships and professional development and more internships to bring the disabled into the workplace.
- Measures to keep the disabled and work-disabled in their jobs, through schedule accommodations, transfers to new positions, training and other means.
- Forging of partnerships with sheltered workshops and organizations working to promote employment, development and training for the disabled.
In one example of how we help train the disabled and facilitate their access to the work world, Total has enrolled more than 200 disabled individuals at our training centers annually since 2003, in office technology, job search and English classes.
Besides the above measures, the agreement confirms the principles of equal treatment for the disabled and equal access to training and career development opportunities.
Fostering recruitment for the disabled
We regularly hold events to communicate our policy concerning the hiring and training of disabled workers:
- Production and distribution of a communication brochure entitled Différents Comme Nous Tous [As Different As the Rest of Us].
- Educational events across Total during France's National Disability Week, including plays, wheelchair basketball demos, lectures and videos.
- Through our disability delegation, we attend job fairs for the disabled and participate in discussions and meetings on the topic of disabilities.
- Other events that include:
- A Special Olympics support run, or "How to improve the lives of the disabled through sports," is held each year in June along the La Défense mall.
- Participation in Dys Days.
Fédération Française des Dys, a member of France's disability advisory board Conseil National Consultatif des Personnes Handicapées, is an umbrella group for associations that focus on language disorders and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysphasia.
Total supports Fédération Française des Dys by participating in annual national awareness days to promote public awareness and recognition of these cognitive impairments, which can be disabilities.