The Fondation SUEZ supports France’s nationwide “Territoire Zéro Chômeur de Longue Durée” experiment
“Territoire Zéro Chômeur de Longue Durée” (zero long-term unemployed region) is a nationwide experiment launched by the ATD-Quart Monde movement. This social innovation proves that, in a given region, at no extra cost to the community, it is possible to provide work for all long-term unemployed people who are willing to take part, by mobilising the costs of unemployment and, at the same time, helping to develop a regional dynamic.
This innovative experiment focuses on developing uncompetitive activities that meet the region’s needs, in order to create jobs with permanent contracts for the local long-term unemployed. Employment-focused companies concentrating on regional activities (forest management, renovation of municipal buildings, recycling and recovery centres, tourism etc.) are set up. At the end of the experimental phase (regulated by the law on regional experimentation aiming to reduce long-term unemployment), a new legal framework will be drawn up enabling any local authority to choose to cut long-term unemployment in its region.
The Fondation SUEZ supports this measure in Jouques (Bouches-du-Rhône), one of the ten regions selected for the experiment.