With the support of the Eiffage Foundation, the CIPRES association is developing an original bread recycling activity, carried out by women excluded from the job market in the Pas-de-Calais region. Interview with Christian Acloque, a retired Eiffage employee who is supporting the project.
Cipres is a professional integration worksite (building and environment activities) that supports more than 60 people every year in the Montreuil area, near Étaples (Pas-de-Calais), where unemployment can be as high as 20%. At the end of 2017, the association launched a new innovative activity, recycling unsold bread to produce breadcrumbs for animal feed. The benefits are multiple: in addition to fighting food waste, the project is helping the association diversify its activities and employ eight women excluded from the job market in 2018.
We put three questions to Christian Acloque, a retired Infrastructures division project manager, who put forward this innovative initiative, which is supported by the Eiffage Foundation.
Why did you choose to put forward the CIPRES association for Eiffage Foundation funding?
During the 30 years I spent carrying out earthworks projects at the Eiffage Group, I was able to see what the Group’s Foundation could offer associations. And so I volunteered to support the Cipres association.
How are you involved in the project? What is your role as project supporter?
I volunteer as the association’s treasurer but my role is more than that. It includes safety, listening and monitoring its activities. I find volunteering very rewarding, working daily with the chairman, since the association doesn’t have a director.
Supporting the bread recycling activity, I monitor the project and regularly send news updates to the Eiffage Foundation.
What do you gain personally from supporting this association? What are the benefits for the association itself?
I have gained a lot on a personal level and especially as a retired professional. Having worked as a manager, I am very happy to have had this opportunity to support the association, bringing my skills and many other ideas.
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