Natixis takes action to help handicapped people become part of the workforce

As part of the 20th Handicapped Employment Week program, Natixis is organizing a host of events to increase employee awareness about handicaps. The initiative is just one of the actions undertaken by Natixis over the past several years to help people with handicaps take their place in the workforce.

“Culture & Handicap” is a 4-week awareness campaign across different Natixis sites

Culture is the theme for this year’s events at Natixis. Under the “Culture & Handicap” banner, the 2016 program includes four weeks of activities and events for Natixis employees. The aim is to use humor and fun to change perceptions about handicaps, strip away stereotypes and promote greater diversity.

On the agenda are:

  • A one-man show by stand-up comedian and actor Krystoff Fluder
  • A music and cinema quiz on the topic of handicaps
  • After-lunch concerts given by musicians with handicaps, including Gérard Bertolino, a sight-impaired jazz guitarist, and by the group Cheese and its drummer Nicolas Huchet, who is also known for his "BionicoHand" project
  • A solidarity-based Christmas market selling products made by companies from the sheltered work sector

An ongoing commitment to help people with handicaps become part of the workforce

Natixis has been actively committed since 2011 to recruiting people with handicaps, involving them in the company and maintaining their place in the workforce. Spearheaded by the Mission Handicap initiative and its network of key contacts throughout various business lines, the policy has led to the signing of two company agreements, stronger collaboration with management and tangible results. In the space of 5 years, the rate of handicapped people employed at Natixis has more than tripled.

The policy is based on four commitments:

  • Facilitating access to jobs and recruitment byparticipating in specialized recruitment forums, building partnerships with schools and universities, and developing CV databases.
  • Assisting people with handicaps through concrete measures such as adapting job specificities and work hours, providing help with transport and funding special equipment.
  • Developing recourse to the adapted and sheltered work sector through diversification of services and listed partners in the digital, printing, consulting and IT domains.
  • Changing perceptions and breaking down prejudice by conducting annual information campaigns, holding training workshops and raising awareness in the workplace.