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Rhodia, Adecco And Adia Sign The First Social Responsibility CharterFor Temporary Employment


Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chief Executive Officer of Rhodia, and François Davy, Chairman of the Adecco France Group, have signed a joint Charter setting out their commitments in favor of socially responsible collaboration.

This Charter, signed in Paris on December 5, 2007, provides a framework for, and defines the signatories’ commitments to, progress in the conditions governing the employment of temporary staff and the code of ethics applicable to the collaboration between both groups. This is the first charter of its kind to be signed in France.

Rhodia, Adecco and Adia share the same values on issues such as health and safety in the workplace, basic employee welfare rights and conditions of employment. They have made commitments in ten areas of responsibility (see appendix) that address the concerns of temporary staff regarding their professional status and welfare rights. Following a formal annual review an report of progress will be published.

The signature of this Charter is in line with the approach to sustainable development adopted by Rhodia, recently reinforced by the launch of the Rhodia Way program, an initiative that defines the Group’s ambitions in the area of social and environmental responsibility.

“After the signature in 2005 of a Social Responsibility Agreement with ICEM*, followed by the signature in 2006 of the Responsible Care Global Charter launched by the chemical industry, this joint charter with Adecco provides tangible proof of how deeply the values of social responsibility are rooted in the Group’s corporate culture and in its continuous progress approach,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chief Executive Officer of Rhodia.

François Davy, Chairman of the Adecco France Group, added: “This Charter is an expression of the determination of Adecco and Adia to go even further in promoting the socially responsible management of Human Resources and employment. More particularly, it will make it possible to develop actions taken to provide even greater support and security for the professional careers of our temporary employees.”

Rhodia is an international chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. Leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Structured around seven Enterprises, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, tire, electronics, perfume, health and beauty and home care markets. The Group employs around 16,000 people worldwide and generated sales of €4.8 billion in 2006. Rhodia is listed on Euronext Paris.

The Adecco Group is the world market leader in human resource services. In France, it covers all areas of employment: temporary staff, recruitment and organization consultancy services, specialized temporary personnel, executive recruitment, training, human capital management, outsourcing of services, and human resource studies. In 2006, the Adecco Group gave work to more than 190,000 temporary employees every day in over 50,000 different companies, and placed 10,000 people in fixed- and unlimited-term contracts. Over the past 20 years, Adecco has developed a strong corporate culture based on social commitment with its “Disability and Skills” division, “Employment and Integration” division and its network of companies specializing in social integration through temporary employment, its division dedicated to the fight against discrimination, and its hotline providing information and advice to temporary workers.

* International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions


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