The Emmaüs Défi association, founded in 2007 and located in Paris, uses economic activity, with adapted contracts and intensive support, to fight poverty and marginalisation among those excluded from the job market.
One of the association's main activities is its integration project dedicated to recycling second-hand objects and materials, which are then sold in bric-a-brac shops. More than 3,000 people visit the Riquet bric-a-brac shop every Saturday and help many people on back-to-work contracts to find their way back into employment.
Emmaüs Défi currently employs 170 people on work-based integration schemes and collects, sorts and sells objects donated by Parisians.
The organisation also leads other initiatives for combating marginalisation such as the Solidarity Equipment Bank, which enables households in hardship to equip their first home. The organisation provides general support around the issues of employment, healthcare and accommodation.
One of the association's most recent projects is Amistock, the first network of volunteer collection points covering the whole of Paris. This network unites several players (private individuals, associations, stores, institutions, companies, etc.) that have agreed to become voluntary drop-off points where donations from their neighbourhood can be collected.
HISTORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP:
Emmaüs Défi has been one of the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation's major partners. Emmaüs Défi and the Foundation's shared intention is to develop a partnership based on several drivers, in particular by developing innovative solutions for people experiencing hardship. Societe Generale also promotes encounters between its employees and the association's beneficiaries by offering skills sponsorship and volunteer work.
The Foundation supported the organisation in 2011 on the former Riquet market bric-a-brac rehabilitation and renovation project. Emmaüs Défi was one of the beneficiary organisations of the Bike Ride in 2012 and 2013 and the Citizen Commitment Games in 2014. In 2015, the Foundation is working alongside the association to support its development projects: extending the Riquet market, opening two new shops in Paris and deploying the Amistock project throughout Paris.
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