10 years ago, article 36 of the Law of 11 February 2005 created FIPHFP, charged with "promoting the professional integration of disabled persons into the three levels of the civil service, and training and information for civil servants dealing with the disabled".
Caisse des Dépôts was given the task of administering and managing the Fund. Alongside the FIPHFP public body, two depatments (pensions & solidarity, and network & regions) provide support to public service employers with their policy for recruiting and retaining disabled staff.
Ségolène Neuville, the Minister of State for Disabled People and the Fight against Exclusion, Odile Renaud-Basso, the Caisse des Dépôts Deputy CEO, and André Montané, the Chairman of the FIPHFP national committee, spoke in the course of an event that set out the conclusive results achieved by the Fund and assessed how much progress was still to be made.
FIPHFP has helped to increase the proportion of disabled employees in the workforce from 3.55% in 2005 to 4.9% in 2014. Over 3,000 employers received funding on at least one occasion from the Fund in 2014, up from just over 1,200 in 2010. In eight years, spending on intervention has increased more than 25 times over, from €7mn into €178mn in 2014.
For Caisse des Dépôts, its partnership with the Fund is consistent with the full extent of its duties in the general interest. Through its management of the Fund, Caisse des Dépôts advances its ambitions to develop innovative solutions for the benefit of public sector employers.
There are 5.5 million disabled people in France, with a level of unemployment (22%) twice that of the active population as a whole, largely as a result of low levels of training.