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Schneider signs agreement to support disabled

Schneider Electric’s management and labour organisations have signed a group agreement as part of their commitment to employing the disabled. The agreement will include the company’s subsidiaries for the first time.

The three-year agreement aims to encourage the employment, training and professional integration of the disabled. It is part of new social legislation that results from the law of 11th February 2005 in favour of equal opportunities, participation and citizenship for the disabled.

The aims of the agreement are to welcome 45 disabled people in sandwich course placements and hire 45 staff between 2007 and 2009, develop agreements and partnerships with local stakeholders to facilitate the search for candidates, develop the partnership with the protected work sector or provide disabled employees with the quality of life and career development equal to other staff.

“Schneider Electric is not only providing a quantitative response with the percentage imposed by the law, but is tackling the overall problem of the insertion of disabled workers by taking into account the great variety in disabilities”, says Gilles Vermot Desroches, Schneider Electric’s Director of Sustainable Development.

The signature of the Group agreement follows a series of seven disability agreement signed by Schneider Electric since 1995.

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