Start People France, a Recruit Global Staffing company, has registered an outstanding score in an independent, annual evaluation of sustainable companies. Ecovadis, which provides procurement professionals with sustainability ratings of suppliers, awarded Start People a score of 81%, placing the company among the most sustainable 1% of temporary staffing agencies in the country.

A real, positive impact

The Ecovadis assessment looks at a wide range of sustainable topics, including environmental performance, HR practices, business ethics and responsible purchasing. The score awarded to Start People France confirms that it is having a real, positive impact on the lives of employees, clients and the community.

Training temporary employees

One area in which Start People France excels, is its commitment to training temporary employees, boosting their long-term employability while at the same time meeting their current employer’s needs. 80% of the company’s training plan budget is allocated to training temporary employees.

In 2018, special efforts were also made to improve the employability of young people (18-30) and disabled candidates. Through special recruitment campaigns, training sessions and awareness initiatives Start People France managed to hire and place more than 1,100 disabled temporary workers.

For more information on Start People France’s philosophy and the personal experience of Damien Sedrick, a disabled worker who found permanent employment thanks to the support he received, see the report on the Recruit Holdings website.

Recruit Global Staffing is a strategic business unit of Recruit Holdings. Read more on Sustainability at Recruit Holdings.

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Recruit Global Staffing respects, celebrates, and capitalizes on each other’s differences, such as diversity in nationality, race, religion, gender, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. We strive to close the opportunity gap. That is why we fully support the Week of the Anonymous CV of Unique, one of our brands in the Netherlands.

A recent study by Unique shows that an initiative like the Week of the Anonymous CV is needed urgently. In a survey by Unique, 56% of Dutch employees responsible for HR indicate that personal data always play a certain role in the application process. Despite the fact that they may not want this to be the case. The survey was held among 620 HR-employees.

A foreign sounding name

Age discrimination is particularly common: 4 out of 10 interviewees sometimes did not invite someone because of age. This is followed by place of residence, photo, gender and origin. 

Week of the Anonymous CV

To draw attention on discrimination consultants of Unique during the Week of the Anonymous CV will only use CVs that are stripped of personal data. By focusing on work experience, talent and motives of the applicants, Unique wants to hold up a mirror to Dutch society. The first Week of the Anonymous CV took place in October 2018.

Equal opportunities

Diana Magielsen, Operational Director of Unique: “With our second Week of the Anonymous CV we want to make people think twice and trigger a change in mentality. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities on the labour market. By removing the personal data from the CVs Unique wants to show that people and their talents and ambitions are the most important. We don’t tolerate discrimination based on personal data.” 

Keep the conversation going

Magielsen: “We consider this a very important social issue. We feel a strong obligation to address it. The Week of the Anonymous CV helps us to keep the conversation going and to create awareness for the importance of diversity and inclusiveness. Having to go against the tide is a confirmation that this week is desperately needed. And we like to take that pioneering role!”

Download the infographic with the key figures of the Week of the Anonymous CV here (Dutch only).

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Four of our organisations in Belgium have been recognized as ‘Great Place To Work 2019’ by Europe’s Best Place to Work® Institute.

In the category Companies with fewer than 500 employees Secretary Plus finished third. Unique and Solvus were also certified in this category. Start People ended fifth in the category ‘companies with more than 500 employees’.

‘An extra boost'

Solvus, Unique, Start People and Secretary Plus are all part of USG People Belgium, subsidiary to Recruit Global Staffing. Katty Scheerlinck, Country director of USG People Belgium: “I’m very proud of my colleagues and our organisation. More importantly for me, this recognition is based on how our colleagues experience our initiatives to create a great workplace in practice. Our focal point is on being a place where management is trusted and employees are proud of what they do and enjoy being with their colleagues. Their appreciation provides an extra boost to continue along the chosen path.”

Our people are the key drivers

Rob Zandbergen, CEO of Recruit Global Staffing: “I’m very happy to see that our operating companies’ continuous efforts to be an attractive employer are effective and appreciated by our employees. After all, our people are the key drivers of our success.”

How the list is compiled

The list of best employers is compiled annually by the Great Place To Work® Institute based on an in-depth analysis of the corporate culture and the level of trust between employer and employees. Two-thirds of the overall score is determined by the staff while one-third is based on a detailed analysis of the HR policy and corporate culture by the Great Place To Work® Institute.

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Peoplebank, Asia Pacific’s leading talent solutions provider, has been named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) for 2019. This marks the 7th consecutive year the company has been recognised for its initiatives to drive gender equality. 

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation is intended to inspire, recognise and endorse active commitment to accomplishing gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Passionate about learning and development programs

Peoplebank creates an inclusive environment for its employees by enabling flexible working options across the organization, regardless of gender or parental status. On top of this Peoplebank is passionate about learning and development programs which allow all employees equal opportunities to stand out and advance their career within the business.

Furthermore, there are strong initiatives to eliminate unconscious bias in the hiring process. For example, Peoplebank’s candidates, contractors and clients benefit from the company’s use of a job ad ‘gender decoder’, to ensure gender neutral job ads.

Peoplebank also gives full support to employees who want to run events which aim to aid awareness and change in gender diversity, particularly concerning attracting and excelling women in the IT industry.

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Australia is in the middle of an important transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to more renewable energy options. At its current rate, it is on track for a goal of 50% renewable electricity by 2025. The transition also creates job opportunities. As the workforce manager for a huge solar project in North West Victoria, Chandler Macleod Group is making sure that these opportunities benefit the local community.

Australia’s top solar spot

In 2018, Chandler Macleod Group (CMG) was appointed as the workforce management provider for a new 112 Megawatt Karadoc Solar Farm being constructed by Beon Energy Solutions. Remotely located in North West Victoria - Australia's top solar spot due to the state's highest solar exposure and average sunshine hours - the farm will generate enough power to supply 110,000 homes.

Prioritizing social value

Chandler Macleod Group was tasked with recruiting and employing a diverse and strictly local workforce of 300 people. Chandler Macleod Group partnered with six local community groups to ensure that the majority of the construction workers were locally sourced, and that people were from a variety of different backgrounds including female, indigenous and mature workers and the long-term unemployed.

Read the full story at Recruit Holdings. 

Recruit Global Staffing is subsidiary to Recruit Holdings. Read more on Sustainability at Recruit Holdings

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After more than 13 years of supporting local charities, The CSI Companies charitable giving division, CSI Gives Back, was granted official nonprofit status.

“We have a role beyond providing jobs and supporting our clients, and it’s to help out in the communities we live,” said Chris Flakus, Chief Operating Officer of The CSI Companies. “And now with our newly established official nonprofit status we can accomplish so much more.”

Recent efforts

Recent efforts made by CSI Gives Back raised more than 6,000 dollar for the American Lung Association at its Lung Force/Walk. The organization also raised more than 13,000 dollar at its seventh annual charity auction benefitting Dreams Come True, a wish-granting organization dedicated to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to children battling a life threatening illness.

More than 60,000 dollar in 2018

In 2018, CSI Gives Back raised more than 60,000 dollar in support of organizations such as Dreams Come True, American Lung Association, High School 9:12, Team HEAL, Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Fight, Rethreaded and more. To learn about CSI Gives Back and its initiatives, visit

Becky Lowry as new director

The CSI Companies appointed Becky Lowry as the director of the newly created philanthropic foundation. Becky will lead community service initiatives supported by The CSI Companies and its staff, focused initially on Jacksonville and its surrounding communities. CSI Gives Back will expand into four other major metro areas where The CSI Companies has offices: Orlando, Tampa, Nashville, and Atlanta.

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A healthy mind in a healthy body!

USG People Belgium not only makes sure that the employees are doing well, but takes care of others too. In October, employees of Start People, Unique, USG Professionals, Secretary Plus and Solvus embarked on a walk for charity, which will total 40,000 kilometres by the end of the year. A walk around the earth, basically!

Walking keeps you fit, but obviously that is not the only reason USG People Belgium is doing this. As a company we feel it’s important to make a meaningful contribution to society. The walking project is an excellent way to combine exercise with charity.

10,000 euros to Alzheimer's research

If we manage to reach the 40,000 kilometres together, USG People Belgium will donate 10,000 euros to 'Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek' (Alzheimer’s Research Foundation) during the ‘Warmste Week Music for Life’, an annual fundraiser in Belgium. 

Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is the only foundation in Belgium that focuses specifically on funding scientific research into Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

Young dementia

In general, people think about dementia and Alzheimer’s as diseases that only affect the elderly. Recently, however, more attention has been paid to Alzheimer's among young people, with dementia occurring before the age of 65 and often as young as 50. The problems in this age bracket are often very different from those of the very elderly.

Young dementia attacks people in the prime of their lives. As they face loss of memory, as well as of the ability to plan, organize and assess, their professional and private lives are greatly affected.

As a company we feel it’s important to make a meaningful contribution to society
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Clients, media and candidates responded enthusiastically to Unique’s Week of the Anonymous CV

Gender, age and origin should have no impact on whether a candidate gets the chance to achieve dreams and ambitions. That’s why in October all Unique consultants started working with anonymous CVs.

These resumes have been stripped of personal data such as date of birth, first day of work, gender, name and date of graduation, and focus on a candidate’s talents, motivations, qualifications and what makes them special. The Week of the Anonymous CV is part of Unique's 26-week action plan against discrimination in staffing.

Selecting without prejudice

The Week of the Anonymous CV was a success. For example, our clients’ response to Unique's initiative was overwhelmingly positive, as shown by this news item from NOS, the biggest news network in The Netherlands.  

Website visitors positive

During the week we asked visitors to Unique’s website for feedback. "This week we only propose anonymous candidates to our clients. What do you think of this idea?” More than 3,000 visitors responded. 49% of them responded with “very good, this should be standard practice". Another 33% thought it was "fine" and 18% didn’t think the initiative was necessary.

Emphasis on work experience and knowledge

We also asked visitors to motivate their answers. For example, many who didn’t feel it was necessary to apply anonymously felt it didn’t tackle the underlying problem. Other candidates feared that after submitting an anonymous CV, discrimination could still be an issue during a job interview. But the overall response was that anonymous CVs are a good way of placing more emphasis on work experience and knowledge - the aspects that really matter in an application.

No one-off initiative

The week is not a one-off initiative: Unique will continue to propose anonymous candidates, as part of Unique’s 26-week plan.

CEO Marion van Happen: "The world seems to be getting more short-sighted and increasingly impersonal. At Unique we want to take a stand against distrust, prejudice, stereotyping and exclusion. Unfortunately, discrimination is a persistent social problem that we cannot solve alone. But when organisations are determined to reflect society’s diversity, we can make a valuable contribution."

'Equal opportunities as our cornerstone'

"Equal opportunities for everyone, which is the idea behind the 26-week plan against discrimination and for inclusiveness, has been a cornerstone of our way of working for years. Now is the time to share that with the world. To show exactly how we are fighting discrimination, and which of our clients are working with us. Such ‘Naming & faming’, we hope, will inspire others to do the same. This is how we are reinventing the labour market.”

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