Partnership to fight against discrimination in employment

Partnership to fight against discrimination in employment: What if : Youth from the suburbs could overcome discrimination to access important positions within the largest French corporati

Paris, FranceParis
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
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Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Project is to offer companies a new recruiting service, diversity oriented, in order to fight against discrimination through employment.

The new offer was co-created and co-branded between our two organizations (Mozaïk RH & Experts), enhancing the strenghs of each partner.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In France, young graduates living in disadvantaged neighborhoods and suburbs are suffering from a high level of unemployment (twice that of the portion of the general population with comparable qualifications). The problem is in part due to systemic discrimination in the recruiting process. Companies target the same schools and recruiting channels, which are still unreachable for most graduates from modest backgrounds.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

To change recruiting processes, our project aims to create a common recruitment service to allow companies to detect and recruit graduates from different backgrounds. We joined a non-profit organization (Mozaik RH) and a for-profit company (Experts) to create a recruitment service which includes diversity oriented sourcing. Experts helps opening the companies'doors for Mozaïk RH applicantes !
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Even in early talks with a big french bank, we've already made them question their procurement policy in terms of recruitment. Our solution will allow them to recruit differently : they will not only include but demand diversity.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Expected impact: – raise awareness among buying directors about the need to include diversity "lots" within calls for bids that include a recruitment element. – Increase the geographic scope of the partnership through taking advantage of our partner's wide network of agencies, enabling us to access new job markets and corporate partners. – We seek to ensure at least one hundred job placements per year thanks to this partnership. - We hope to be a model for all recruitment agencies and to encourage the promotion of diversity in their processes.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

To our knowledge, no other partnership of this type has been created within the recruitment industry, since it is rare for a for-profit and non-profit organization providing similar services to collaborate. We were able to overcome the financial considerations in order to create a partnership based on mutual trust to tackle an important social issue. It is only this collaboration between the for- and non for- profit sectors that will effectively bring change.


We have selected four project leaders, two from each partner, who meet twice annually to follow-up on the implementation of the partnership. The four were divided into two teams, each with a representative from both partners, including the two directors, in order to divide up clients and awareness raising activities. It was important to select the directors of each organization to motivate both teams and to access the highest spheres of the corporate world.
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Project Summary
Co-Creation Model: Tell us about your main strategic partners and how the partnership truly create value. For each Partner please include its type (business/social/public), its name, a short description, its key motivation to participate in the co-creation project, and the key contributions it is making in the co-creation project. Please follow the format displayed below:

-Mozaïk RH
- Non profit organization
-Our goal is to provid assistance to young graduates from modest backgrounds who are suffering from discrimination in employement. During the 6 past years, Mozaïk RH concluded 2500 placements.
-The co creation project could help us to increase our social impact by promoting our action and making companies aware of the discrimination that part of french population is suffering from.
-Key contributions in the co-creation project : Mozaïk RH brings business contacts and skills in identifiying and selecting talents from diverse backgrounds.

-Type of partners : business, for-profit organization
-Short description sentence :Experts is a french leading recrutment company, with 35 agencies in France.
-Key motivation to participate in the co-creation project: Experts are engaged in promoting diversity within its own teams and customers ; participating in this project is a real opportunity to move people to act concretely in favour of diversity.
-Key contributions in the co-creation project : Experts introduce Mozaik RH to big companies in order to secure positions for qualified candidates from modest backgrounds.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact. Please specify using qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. # of indirect and direct beneficiaries); help us understand how this solution truly makes a difference.

We are currently working together to compete for tenders by large corporations. Until this collaboration, Mozaïk RH did not have the means to respond to these competitive and extensive offers by itself, and therefore we had been unable to propose our services in order to promote diversity.Thanks to this partnership with Experts, our organization can respond to such calls for bids, and thereby gain access to new portions of the employment market in order to promote applicants from diverse backgrounds through our recruitment services. Our impact has grown exponentially as a result. To date, 10 corporations were targeted and subsequently met with by both partners.
– 2 out of the ten have thus far agreed to entrust us with a portion of their recruitment.
We expect positive responses from another 3 corporations.

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Sustainability Plan: Has your project already reached financial sustainability? If not, what is this solutio’s plan to ensure financial sustainability? Do the main partners have enough stake to sustain the solution? If this project requires limited budget, how will other resources be secured to maintain or grow this work?

For the moment we have decided to use our own general budget to finance this project. The main objective is to bring both organizations business opportunities through contracts with corporate partners so as to become self sufficient. However, the pilot version of the partnership has shown that we do not have the means to implement complementary awareness raising communication campaigns surrounding our work: conferences within corporations, for buying directors, etc. Therefore, we are seeking additional seed funding.

Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the Partners to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Over the course of the past six years, Mozaïk RH has enabled 2500 young recent graduates from divers background to gain employment which matches their qualifications. However, these 2500 are out of some 70,000 young people who came to us seeking assistance, which we did not have the means to provide. This is a gap which we needed to close! In 2013, we decided that we needed to increase our social impact through reaching out to new partners. In 2013, we met Experts, whose General Director shares our concern for the promotion of diversity, as demonstrated with his attitude toward recruitment within his own corporate structure. A fan of our work, he agreed to meet with us to discuss collaboration, and the partnership was born.

About the Co-Creation
Barriers: What main barriers may you have encountered to co-create during the creation and implementation of the project and how did you try to overcome them?

Creating a single type of service between two very distinct companies was complicated : It raised many questions : How can two diffrent teams, who in other contexts were competitors, work together for a common goal ? As a partnership between the profit and non-for-profit sectors, which legal status should we take ? How do we effectively co brand our joint offer without compromising our individual identities ?

Governance: What is the type of the relationship between the partners? (e.g. joint venture, contractual relationship, joint project...)

We choose a contractual relationalship to cement our principle objective and to clarify our plan of action and the geographic focus of our project. The contract also outlines the financial partnership in case of business leads.

Interaction model: How is the project a transformative partnership? How is the interaction transforming the partnering organizations and their employees/ leadership in terms of creating a new vision, new management practices, new skills and new organizational structures? Please provide for concrete examples

The two structures mutually beneficial in terms of technical skills : Experts benefit from the diversity skills or expertise of MozaIk RH and the Mozaïk RH teams benefit from the sales expertise of Experts. The two entities have different sales approches for a same product, the partnership permits the exchange of best practices for improved commercial efficacy. The project has made the Experts teams aware of the issues of discrimination in the workplace and it has made them discover a new method of recruitment for their clients.

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