GEFCO: 10 years of commitment to people with disabilities

23 November 2018

During this year’s European Disability Employment Week (19 to 25 November, 2018), GEFCO is celebrating 10 years of its “Mission Handicap”.

This daily process is aimed at making the workplace more accessible to people with disabilities while boosting the attractiveness of GEFCO’s supply chain jobs. GEFCO is pleased to have created proper conditions for an increasing number of employees with disabilities to join our teams.

And the company does not intend to stop there. After its fourth agreement on integrating and maintaining employment for people with disabilities, GEFCO has renewed its commitment for the 2018-2020 period, reinforcing its initiatives in several fields.

Integrating and recruiting employees with disabilities. GEFCO continues to help people with disabilities integrate the workplace, with action ranging from adapting workstations to purchasing special equipment. The recruitment of people with disabilities is also encouraged by new measures such as a referral bonus for employees who recommend successful candidates for permanent or apprenticeship contracts.

Changing employee perceptions of disability. At the same time, GEFCO is taking an original approach to raising employee awareness and gradually overcoming prejudice and apprehensions. For example, a cartoon produced by the company in 2017 and sent to employees’ home addresses dispels the idea that disabilities can be an obstacle to performance in the workplace. In addition, GEFCO nominates disability advisors on a voluntary and regularly addresses the topic with managers. It also relies on the services of Occupational Medicines and its partner Kelsia to raise awareness of disabilities and the importance of workplace disability prevention, using digital tools. Going a step further, GEFCO organizes an annual campaign to promote dialogue between employees. For example, this year, world cuisine workshops invite employees to consider disabilities from a different angle.

Finally, one of the priorities of GEFCO’s Mission Handicap is to work with sheltered workshops. In 2017, for example, GEFCO set up a recycling scheme at its headquarters in Courbevoie, through CEDRE, a company employing mainly people with disabilities.

All these initiatives are helping to further improve access to the workplace for people with disabilities.