Encouraging social integration

As a company dedicated to serving the public, ERDF is involved in efforts that tackle exclusion and strengthen social cohesion.

Supporting the professional integration of young people

The professional integration of young people is a major lever for improving the current employment situation. ERDF provides many young people with opportunities to partake in work-study programmes and carries out targeted actions.

  • Guiding young people with insufficient qualifications Adopted in several areas, this programme aims to improve the qualifications of young people, and then place them in a work-study programme. The objective is to enable them to gain employment through traditional recruitment channels.

Fighting against exclusion

ERDF partners with social mediation organisations. These play an intermediary role between public service organisations and people in underprivileged areas. For example, when a person risks having his or her electricity cut due to non-payment of bills, the mediating organisation helps to find solutions in which the rights of all parties can be respected.

These approaches contribute to social cohesion.

Professional integration of people with disabilities

Almost 800 employees with disabilities currently help the company to achieve its results. An agreement promoting the professional integration of people with disabilities was signed in 2009. The objectives are to:

  • recruit at least 30 employees a year on a permanent contract basis by 2012,
  • receive at least 16 work-study students a year throughout the duration of the agreement, up to the end of 2012 (apprenticeship contract or professionalization contract).

ERDF also promotes the integration of people with disabilities within the company, and provides supports their professional development (such as with human and/or technical assistance, easy access to training, specific assistance with mobility and autonomy, etc.).

Socially responsible subcontracting

ERDF purchases services from socially responsible organisations such as insertion companies, associations, school projects, and establishments and companies from the professional assistance sector.

The agreement supporting professional integration for workers with disabilities plans for a three-fold increase in professional assistance structures within the sector. These structures are namely the EA (adapted businesses) and ESAT (businesses and services for assistance through employment), which help people with disabilities, who could not otherwise work in an ordinary environment, to undertake a professional activity.