Social Responsibility

Capturing opportunities in an emerging world of work


Candidates attracted in 2018 by our flagship work-readiness programme for young people — CEO for One Month

8.6 million

Converted kilometres registered with our Win4Youth programme in 2018, resulting in a donation of CHF 500,000 to Plan International


Athletes reached in 2018 through our athletes-focused career programmes

Diversity & Equal Opportunities

At the Adecco Group we’re all about people. Our own people, the people we work with and the people we help into work every day. We understand that talent and potential comes from every section of society, regardless of gender, race, age or physical ability. That’s why we celebrate inclusion and champion Equal Opportunities.

Human & Labour Rights

This is an area which has become increasingly important to businesses in every sector, not least our own industry. We cannot ignore that there are issues to be faced, addressed and solved to the best of our abilities. Following UN policies and multi-stakeholder consultation, we have published our own guidelines to reflect what’s happening today and how we can all work to tackle and eradicate abuses.


Adecco European Works Council

The purpose of the Adecco European Works Council (AEWC) is to effectively inform and consult the Adecco Group colleagues in Europe on transnational matters and to promote social dialogue within the Company. It allows for an insightful exchange of views and a constructive debate between the employee representatives and management.

The Adecco Group is the first Company in the Employment & Workforce Solutions Industry with an operating EWC. Building on the good practices from the preceding body (the Platform for Communication in Europe – PACE), the AEWC Agreement was signed in December 2013, following the request of six countries – Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

"AEWC is the most important communication tool between the workers and the Management" - Elisabete, Portugal

The operational foundations of the AEWC are based on a strong sense of collaboration and the inclusion of all Adecco Group colleagues across the European continent : the AEWC is composed of at least one employee representative per country – 26 in total.

As per the AEWC Agreement, an Annual Plenary Meeting takes place every year. This year sees the 4th Annual Plenary Meeting, taking place the 3rd-4th of May 2017 at the Adecco Group HQ, Zurich, Switzerland.

The importance the Adecco Group attributes to social dialogue, social responsibility, working conditions, diversity, accessibility and environment is reflected in the outcome of an EU funded Survey among Multinationals across the EU entitled Open Corporation : The trade union ranking for evaluating and monitoring the companies' conduct”. ( The ranking places the Adecco Group in 2nd position – a result to which notably the AEWC is contributing on a daily basis.

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Health & Safety

Our industry is unique in that we can’t control the workplace environments we place our candidates into. But what we can do is ensure that every candidate is selected, trained and equipped for the role ahead, whilst insisting on the highest standards of Health & Safety from employers. Including ourselves.

Training & Development

Globally around 7 million jobs don’t get filled, despite 200 million people being unemployed. This is largely due to a mismatch of skills versus business requirements. We help people to enhance their employability through training and development programmes and initiatives which grow their skills, their confidence and their career chances.

Sustainability Report

The Adecco Group is committed to making the future work for everyone. Read our 2018 Sustainability Report to find out how the Adecco Group is creating shared value and building better futures for all its stakeholders.