Commitment Helping people in difficulty return to employment through organic market gardening, this is the vocation of the 120 Jardins de Cocagne, the first of which were created in the 1980s. In 2016, the Eiffage Foundation decided to help the community network to create La Maison de Cocagne, which brings together several activities on a single site, Le Jardin de Limon, in Vauhallan (Essonne):
- A training centre that can host 300 people from the network each year and provide accommodation to interns.
- An integration restaurant providing work for twelve people who have dropped out of the job market. It uses produce from Jardin de Limon and from local farmers.
- The premises of the national team of the Cocagne network.
Established in 1988, Solidarités Nouvelles pour le Logement (SNL) works to find accommodation for people in extremely precarious situations in the Ile-de-France (Greater Paris) region. The charity buys or builds housing and manages a stock of 1,000 homes to help rehouse these people. It brings together more than 1,100 volunteers in more than 100 groups of local citizens, who help tenants in their efforts to recover their autonomy.
In the Essonne department, SNL has started work on two projects to build and renovate social, low consumption housing; six employees and retirees of Eiffage are volunteers in this charity and sponsor the projects.
In Palaiseau, seven homes were built and renovated with the support of the Eiffage Foundation.
Similarly, in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, the Eiffage Foundation contributed to the rehabilitation of two homes and the construction of four others, partly in wood.
The non-profit organisation Article 1 (formerly Passeport Avenir) contributes to equality of opportunity by supporting students from modest backgrounds and/or likely to suffer discrimination (social, economic, cultural discrimination), right up to their graduation. They are offered one-on-one mentoring with volunteer professionals from the corporate world, as well as group workshops. More than 12,000 young people in France are thus offered support and guidance. And this action pays off: 100% of the young graduates mentored find a job within six months after their graduation. 50 employees of the Group have committed to mentoring students and 25 of them facilitated job workshops for high school students (in 2017-2018).
The Eiffage Foundation supported the restaurant Jardin Pêcheur: this adapted company, which opened in March 2017, employs 24 people of which 90% have disabilities, mainly psychological.