Sopra Steria, a European leader in consulting, digital services and software publishing, has signed the “Business & Disability” charter of the International Labour Organisation’s Global Network. Through this commitment, the Group reaffirms its determination to support professional integration and ongoing employment of people with disabilities, on a daily basis.
Launched in October 2015, the ILO's Business and Disability Charter is a global tool for companies that want to take action for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the working environment. By joining the Global Business and Disability Network, Sopra Steria continues to work in favour of equal opportunities and is committed, in all of its geographies, to promoting inclusion of people with disabilities in the working environment.
Vincent Paris, CEO of Sopra Steria, declares: “Joining the Global Network "Business and Disability" is as much a conviction as it is an objective – to do even better and even more in terms of inclusion. At Sopra Steria, we believe that diversity is a strength, and our teams play an essential role in supporting an inclusive and cohesive society. As a digital player, we have a role to play in promoting the independence and autonomy of people with disabilities. By signing the International Labour Organisation's charter, we are consolidating this commitment and continuing our efforts to actively support people with disabilities”.
Sopra Steria has already initiated various internal and external programmes to encourage inclusion.
Consuelo Bénicourt, Director of Social Corporate Responsibility at Sopra Steria, says: "We are carrying out numerous initiatives with our employees and partners to deconstruct stereotypes, remove obstacles to employment, promote integration of people with disabilities, and change the way people look at disability. We are working towards a digital society that is accessible to all, thanks to concrete actions in recruitment, job adaptation, training, and awareness-raising to promote professional integration”.
Some commitments to inclusion of people with disabilities in France
Each year, in partnership with the Fédéeh1, Sopra Steria helps around thirty high school graduates and students with disabilities to continue their studies in higher education (financial and material aid, mentoring). Through financial or material assistance, or mentoring, Sopra Steria helps to compensate for the needs related to the disability, thus facilitating student life.
Innovating to better support and include people with disabilities
In 2020, as part of the Innovation Awards, an internal and international innovation challenge, three projects proposing concrete solutions to facilitate the daily life and autonomy of people with disabilities were rewarded:
The 10 commitments of the ILO Business and Disability Charter:
Click here to find out more about our commitments to inclusion.