Professional integration of the disabled: the State strengthens its collaboration with Agefiph



“In three years, we have doubled the percentage of disabled employees who work here”, welcomes Pierre Fleck, president of Frans Bonhomme. This improvement, the construction company, French and Spanish leader in the distribution specializing in public works, owes it to its collaboration with Agefiph (Association for the management of the fund for the professional integration of disabled people).

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Created in 1987, the latter’s mission is to promote the professional integration and job retention of disabled people in private companies and in ordinary workplaces. It finances and builds solutions to compensate for the consequences of disability.

A priority development axis

“Working with Agefiph helps us a lot to hire, integrate, and support a person with a disability”, explains Pierre Fleck. The cooperation, launched in 2019, has enabled the Touraine group to create a “disability referent” position, which formalizes the company’s commitment to this issue and provides support for employees who need it.

“I was hired by Frans Bonhomme after an end-of-studies internship, first on a fixed-term contract then, since February 2021, on a permanent contract, testifies Laura, 30, training manager. Frans Bonhomme and Agefiph have contributed to the adaptation of my workstation by installing an electric base desk and a stair-climbing device so that I can have access to all floors.

The partnership agreement to promote the professional inclusion of people with disabilities, signed Monday, July 19, between Frans Bonhomme and Agefiph strengthens this relationship. “This is an extremely important moment for us. Disability is a priority development axis in our CSR policy ”, explains the president of this company which has 68 disabled employees – nearly half of whom are over 50 – and hopes to reach the legal threshold of 6% by the end of 2024.

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“This agreement proves that the integration and maintenance in employment of people with disabilities are possible in a wide variety of trades, including in the construction industry”, underlines Malika Bouchehioua, president of Agefiph.

Legitimizing the action of Aefigph

The same day, the association signed an objective agreement with the State. A first for ten years. “We have emphasized the need for Agefiph to support employers as close as possible to the field, but also on its mobilization to boost learning for people with disabilities”, welcomes Élisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor.

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The convention “Legitimizes Agefiph’s actions vis-à-vis companies”, considers its president. Lasting three years, it will allow the association to gauge its action using quantified indicators.

Support SMEs in inclusion

The collaboration also aims to improve the inclusive recruitment of SMEs. “They must go from obligation to envy, explains Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State in charge of disabled people. For this, we wanted SMEs to be prospected and supported by an Agefiph advisor to set up a real disability action plan, structured over the long term, regardless of the manager’s sensitivity ”. Agefiph is targeting 1,500 new plans in 2022.

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Élisabeth Borne took the opportunity to recall the “Extension of assistance for the hiring of disabled workers until December 31, 2021”. Launched in September 2020, this bonus, for a maximum amount of € 4,000, has created 15,000 jobs in France, 65% of which are on permanent contracts.

Even if it is developing, the inclusive transformation of the labor market is still far from satisfactory. Currently, more than 450,000 people with disabilities are looking for work. With an average percentage of disabled workers of barely 4%, the private sector is far from the 6% threshold set by law. And when we ask Malika Bouchehioua what needs to be changed to improve this figure, his answer is clear: ” Mentalities “.

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