Adecco and the Codespa Foundation with the labor integration of refugees in Europe

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December 11, 2017

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The member states of the European Union have relocated more than 28,700 refugees, according to the latest data from the European Commission. Relocation and resettlement in European cities have been and are a challenge, not only for administrations and citizens but also for companies.

70% of immigrants and refugees do not participate in the day to day life of their neighborhood or city, either because they do not know the language well, because they feel rejected, because they do not understand the functioning of the institutions or because they have lived situations traumatic All these circumstances are aggravated in specific groups such as the case of immigrant women of Arab origin.

Therefore, the Adecco Group, a world leader in human resources management, has signed an agreement with the Codespa Foundation, an organization that encourages companies to contribute more effectively to solve the problems of poverty in the societies where they operate, with the objective of to improve the social and labor integration of refugees. Said agreement has materialized with the signature of Margarita Álvarez, Director of Marketing and Communication of the Adecco Group, and José Ignacio González-Aller, general director of CODESPA.

Both agree on the need to improve the personal and professional conditions of the most vulnerable refugee population by using Adecco’s talent in its professionals, providing support or mentoring and information on the environment, thanks to the experiences and skills of the professionals. volunteers.

Margarita Álvarez, Director of Marketing and Communication of the Adecco Group, has assured that “our daily work allows us to know as nobody else the needs of those groups that have more difficult their labor insertion. That is why we want to make all our experience and knowledge available to refugees, and in this way, we can help them improve their employability.”

For his part, José Ignacio González-Aller, CEO of Codespa, has indicated that “the vocation of CODESPA is to provide opportunities to those who need it most, regardless of their origin or circumstances. For this, in CODESPA we always look for the involvement of the company. Since 2001, there have been many professionals from different companies to whom we have made protagonists, through corporate volunteering, a transformative experience for them, their companies and the people to whom they have directed their support through professional volunteering.”

The commitments reached

The integration of this group in the workplace is one of the most important commitments acquired by the Adecco Group within the framework of this agreement. Through its foundation, Adecco will create an employment school, in which refugees will be trained in labor matters: advice for the preparation of the curriculum, to face a job interview effectively, etc.

In addition, a corporate volunteering will be established within the company that will be active for several months and with which Adecco employees will offer personalized work guidance in the job search process. The Codespa Foundation, as a member of the Horizon One To One Consortium, will be responsible for training and accompanying all volunteers involved in mentoring. This consortium is made up of the following institutions: Rescate, Murcia Acoge, Desarrollo y Asistencia, Rey Juan Carlos University, Alioth Social. Each one of them is expert in a field of care for people in a situation of vulnerability for their complete integration into society.

This initiative of joint work in itself has been novel for all the institutions. This is a project that was born within the framework of the Call for Solidarity Talent Challenge of Fundación Botín 2016 that encourages the search for joint solutions between social institutions for the best attention and integration of vulnerable groups, in particular immigrants and refugees.

With the signing of the agreement between Adecco and the Codespa Foundation, refugees will be helped through the acquisition of skills and abilities that improve their employability. On the other hand, it will help Adecco volunteers, through their knowledge, to be protagonists of a process that will generate a positive impact on these people and society.

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