Rexel France Denies Discrimination Accusations

PARIS — Following the announcement of the publication on February 6, 2020, of the report “Recruitment discrimination at major companies: a multichannel approach” sponsored by the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities, seven French companies, including Rexel, have been accused of discriminatory recruitment practices.

The following rebuttal was on Rexel’s website:

Rexel formally denies any accusation and any practice of recruitment discrimination.

Rexel receives and reviews more than 200,000 job applications annually via 2,000 local points of contact around the world. Rexel’s recruitment teams take part in specific and regular training programs focusing on discrimination issues. Rexel maintains numerous partnerships with associations and organizations, enabling it to support and strengthen diversity within its teams. And Rexel is very proud of its diversity and inclusion policies.

The highly debatable methodology used in this report shows only one thing: some unsolicited applications do not receive a response from Rexel, despite the fact that this is one of the priority areas of our human resources policy. We must further strengthen our process of receiving, reviewing, and sharing job applications that do not arrive via our specific recruitment channels. Rexel will therefore undertake a full verification of the response processes for job applications, especially those sent to our 2,000 local points of contact.

Rexel regrets that the biased presentation of this study’s results, as well as the lack of transparency in the dialogue between the ministry, those in charge of the study, and Rexel, has resulted in an unfair, unjustified, and unacceptable accusation.

Rexel has long shown its commitment and dedication in the area of diversity and will continue to support and advance diversity throughout its teams in France and around the world.

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