Manpower has been involved in a number of community initiatives that support people with disabilities.For example, for two years, company volunteers participated in a workshop at the Life Education &Preparation Programme (LEAPP)'s annual Get Hired seminar for high school students with disabilities.LEAPP is a local initiative of two Wisconsin school districts that provides school‐to‐work transitionactivities for youth with disabilities. During the seminar, Manpower provided a speaker and volunteersto work one‐on‐one on résumés for approximately 170 young people.The company launched an exclusive employment partnership with Premier Exhibitions, Inc., whichdevelops and operates museum‐quality exhibitions that tour the world. Its latest exhibition,Dialogue inthe Dark, allows visitors to learn how to interact without sight by placing them in a pitch blackenvironment. Visitors are led by blind guides, who are employed by Manpower. The exhibition made itsdebut in 2008 in Atlanta and is expanding to additional major markets in the United States.Other informationThe company has received numerous awards and recognition for its disability work throughout theyears. In 2006, it received the US Department of Labor's Recognition of Excellence Award for itsTechReach Albuquerque, New Mexico programme focused on re‐skilling and employing hearing‐impaired individuals.In 2009, Manpower Montgomery, Alabama won three disability awards from the Montgomery AreaCommittee for Employment of People with Disabilities, Easter Seals, and the East Alabama Committeefor Employment of People with Disabilities.41
In 2010, Manpower Columbus, Georgia branch office was named Employer of the Year by the ColumbusMayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Manpower was the only company that won in theemployer category.Also, in 2010, Manpower was named Lead Employer of the year by the United States BusinessLeadership Network, which recognized Manpower’s exemplary reputation in diversity leadershipworldwide.ReferencesManpower web site,Manpower 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Update: People and Purpose,‐8608‐4CB1‐9D0B‐43FA1C8A8B12/csr_122109_medres.pdf42
Marks & SpencerMarks & Spencer (M&S), headquartered in London, United Kingdom, is a leading retailer of clothing,food and home products. The company operates over 690 stores across the United Kingdom. BeyondBritain, it has about 339 stores in more than 40 countries. Its products are sourced from approximately2,000 suppliers globally. In 2009, the company generated 9.5 billion British pounds (GBP) in revenue(USD 14.8 billion) and employed over 75,000 people.Hiring and retentionM&S'sEmployee Handbookillustrates the company’s commitment to provide equal opportunities inrecruitment and selection, training and development, appraisal and promotion, and retirement. Thecompany promotes a discrimination‐free environment, where everyone receives equal treatment
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