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For the last two years, EDF has held an annual Diversity Day to provide information to employees about diversity.
In 2008, our Group's commitment to and accomplishments in the field of professional equality were recognized with an Equality Award (Label Egalité), presented by the French Ministry of Social Cohesion and Equality (Ministère français de la Cohésion Sociale et de la Parité).
In France, as part of the framework of the 2009-2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Agreement with the unions, EDF pledged that 4% of our annual recruitment would comprise persons with disabilities. This commitment covers all the Group's divisions, including Engineering, Customers, and IT.
We support people with disabilities throughout their professional careers. Since 2006, more than 100 employees with disabilities have benefited from training and support in accessing jobs from EDF as part of a combined work-study contract.
Finally, EDF and ERDF have created a voluntary initiative that seeks to engage several dozens of young people with disabilities each year by offering apprenticeships and access to vocational training.
We offer unskilled young people the tools, training, and support to plan a route into professional work.
EDF and ERDF are currently employing more than 3,400 young people on combined work-study contracts, including apprenticeships and vocational training schemes. These contracts account for an impressive 3% of the company's workforce.
Taking a closer look