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Set up under the French bill of 10 July 1987 introducing an obligation for businesses with over 20 employees to have disabled workers making up 6% of employees, and backed up by the bill of 11 February 2005 conferring it with a public-service mission, the AGEFIPH (that is to say: “Association de Gestion du Fonds pour l’Insertion Professionnelle des Personnes Handicapées”, or Fund Management Association for the Professional Insertion of Disabled Persons) is overseen by the Ministry of Employment. In charge of developing the employment of disabled persons, AGEFIPH redistributes 60% of the money it collects (560 million euros in 2010) in directed financial grants, translated for example, by recruitment aids, job creation, job retention, training… 40% of its remaining takings is used to provide services delivered by partner networks specialising in the support of disabled job seekers and businesses.
The strengthening of measures in favour of the employment of disabled persons introduced by the 2005 bill mechanically engendered a 47% rise in sums collected by AGEFIPH, bringing these up to 605 million euros for 2007. For the bulk, these resources were invested, in a supplement to public policies, to help disabled persons resist the effects of the crisis. In this way, in 2009, the unemployment of disabled persons increased by 10% compared with 20% for the whole of the French population. In addition, the proportion of businesses employing no disabled persons and undertaking no initiatives in favour of disability fell by 93% between 2007 and 2010.
A spectacular result achieved thanks to AGEFIPH and its partners: the 107 organisms of the Cap Emploi network in charge of placements, the 108 organisms of the SAMETH devoted to job retention, the 97 organisms of the Alther network in charge of consultancy and company mobilisation for the employment of disabled persons, and the 73 organisms of the Vie au Travail network devoted to supporting the career management of disabled employees. “The objective of AGEFIPH and its partners is to guarantee equality of opportunities and the full integration of disabled persons at work. In 2008 and 2009, we dedicated 35 million euros to go out to meet 230,000 businesses, 93% of which carried out initiatives subsequently,” explains Jean-Marie Faure, President of AGEFIPH.
“Today, companies are playing the game more and more, for only 7% of them were at the 0 quota in 2007,” observes Jean-Marie Faure. While sums collected have diminished as more businesses have complied with the obligation to take disability into account at work, sums spent by AGEFIPH have increased exponentially, moving up from 382 to 693 million euros between 2005 and 2009, thus exceeding the sum of collection (574 million euros) for 2009. At the heart of employment policies, in the context of the “Trajectoire 2012” (Trajectory 2012) initiative, AGEFIPH is today reviewing all of its initiative procedures to define its new intervention programme to be implemented in 2012.
“We are currently carrying out an assessment of all our initiatives and procedures in order to optimise them for 2012,” explains Jean-Marie Faure. A long-term task that will take place through raising the awareness of all, from company heads to non-disabled employees, taking into account the fact that most disabilities are invisible and a disabled worker is above all a worker. “We are proud of what we have already achieved, for the road towards the complete acceptance of disability at work is long,” believes Jean-Marie Faure who likes to stress that AGEFIPH is no doubt the only company whose vocation is to lose clients and even disappear.