LEGRAND / 2018 Registration document
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND DECLARATION OF EXTRA-FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
ACTING ETHICALLY TOWARDS SOCIETY
The Legrand Foundation is keen to help these young people and make them more employable. The Foundation relies on Legrand’s knowledge of the training curriculum for electrical trades, and on the special relationships between the Group and the relevant training establishments. It also benefits from the Group’s close ties with numerous companies, particularly local firms and small businesses, via its network of installers and specifiers. Employment: supporting access to jobs Access to employment is becoming a concern for the whole of society. For all sections of the population, the average time taken to find a job or return to employment in France is 418 days (source: Pôle Emploi, Research and Studies Department). The issue is even more crucial for certain groups, for example for those embarking on a career or for those who are discriminated against when looking for work. The unemployment rate among under-25s is approximately 24%. The level of temporary or casual employment among under-25s is higher than 50% (source: OECD and Observatoire des inégalités). Based on this fact, the Legrand Foundation supports access to employment for those sections of the population that suffer the most discrimination. In particular, it wants to support young people, older workers and women in their job search. The aim is to facilitate their social and professional integration within the electrical sector. Organization The Legrand Foundation is structured around an Executive Committee, made up of three members from Legrand, one person from the FACE Foundation and one external qualified person, a Steering Committee, which identifies and coordinates the Foundation’s projects, and a dedicated team responsible for the day-to-day tracking of projects. For more information about the Legrand Foundation, visit the website www.fondationlegrand.org. R 126.96.36.199 2019-2021 CSR ROADMAP With its fourth CSR roadmap due to be published in 2019, in connection with SDG7 (Affordable and clean energy) and SDG10 (Reduced inequalities) Legrand is addressing the issue of respecting human rights and communities by adopting initiatives to: W contribute to communities: The Group believes that it has a responsibility to contribute to the life of the communities in which it operates, not just through its business activities, but also in areas where there is unmet need and where the Group has credibility. Through corporate philanthropy, Legrand takes action against exclusion linked with a loss of independence and electricity poverty and, at the local level, promotes education and access to employment for people struggling to find work.
In each of these areas, the Legrand Foundation seeks to create or recreate social links for all those who are excluded, disadvantaged or discriminated against. It initiates or supports simple, local initiatives, giving priority to grass-roots solutions rooted in the fabric of French communities. These initiatives are all consistent with Legrand’s business activity and geographical footprint. Some are duplicated in new regions, allowing more widespread action and enabling new beneficiaries to take advantage of initiatives that have proved their effectiveness. Assistance for independent living and allowing people to continue living at home represents a major issue in society. There are 1.6 million dependent people in France. The country has an ageing population: by 2040, 31% of French people will be over 60 and 6.5% will be over 85. Moreover, 80% of French people want to stay in their own home for as long as possible but not everyone has the means to adapt their home to compensate for a loss of independence (sources: INSEE, Demographic Studies and Surveys division). Mindful of this, the Legrand Foundation is keen to assist ageing or dependent people who are financially insecure, particularly those living in social housing. The Foundation relies on the Group’s expertise and its wide range of solutions as a pioneer in the field of assisted living. Electricity poverty is becoming a major issue for society. According to the latest estimates in 2016, about 5 million French households are now living in energy poverty in France, and 3.8 million households (or 14%) spend more than 10% of their budget on energy. On the other hand, ageing and malfunctioning electrical systems in individual or collective housing present safety risks, with 7.3 million homes estimated to be at risk in France. Two thirds of electrical installations more than 15 years old have at least one electrical safety defect and 25% of fires are electrical in origin (source: ONPE, Promotelec and ONSE). The Legrand Foundation aims to bring a fresh perspective to this problem using the Group’s know-how and its solutions to improve energy efficiency and electrical safety in the home. It intends to promote awareness among builders, social housing authorities, electrical installers, and the most underprivileged occupants. Education: building a career plan in the electrical sector Every year, the electrical sector in France has more than 100,000 students and apprentices training for electrical trades, whether at vocational colleges or engineering schools. Many young people leaving vocational colleges, Apprentice Training Centers, technical colleges, AFPA centers and engineering schools are professionally qualified and are preparing to enter the electrical sector’s job market. Loss of independence: housing that allows people to continue living at home Electricity poverty: combating electrical risk and improving energy efficiency
REGISTRATION DOCUMENT 2018
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