At the request of a local organization (associations, women's groups, artisans, cooperatives, educational networks, scientific partners) the STVA program allows you to be involved in a short-term assignment (2 to 4 weeks).
Offering support to local organizations in their project, reconciling the development of economic activities and environmental protection: these are the issues addressed by the "Environment & Development" program that was implemented in 2006 by PU.
An innovative scheme launched in 2000 by Planète Urgence
In 2001, the High Council of International Cooperation awarded its "Enterprise and development" prize to Planète Urgence following the creation of Congé Solidaire. This still highly innovative scheme allows anyone wishing to get directly involved, to undertake a short-term international solidarity placement during their free time.
To this end, for over ten years Planète Urgence has been forging partnerships with businesses and local authorities wishing to support their employees' desire to pledge their commitment by funding their placements.
A raft of employer benefits
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) The Congé Solidaire partnership extends beyond mere donations by actively involving employees in placements designed to pass on their personal and professional skills.
Human Resources The Congé Solidaire partnership matches employees' expectations with the company's mission and serves a number of purposes: cementing internal cohesion around strong values, developing a sense of pride in belonging to the company and attracting new talent.
Personal development Volunteers who go on placement leverage their skills in a totally new professional and cultural environment. They enjoy an enriching personal experience that improves their ability to adapt.
Communications Congé Solidaire can be promoted through internal communications: personal testimonies from volunteers during events, articles in the company newsletter. The media frequently cover Congé Solidaire stories, always offering a very positive image of the scheme and its members.
Simple to set up
Companies, foundations, works councils, associations, administrative bodies or local authorities... can all enter into a Congé Solidaire partnership with Planète Urgence. This specifies the number and length of placements (between 2 and 4 weeks), along with their mode of funding. Each placement involves a 4-party agreement between:
the volunteer employee who gives up part of their leave and offers their skills
the employer or works council which helps to fund the placement
Planète Urgence which identifies and organises the placement, train volunteers before they go and evaluates the results
the local Planète Urgence partner which provides accommodation and supervision for the volunteer during the placement.
The partner's financial contribution to a Congé Solidaire placement entitles them to a tax deduction equivalent to 60% of the sum paid out, up to a maximum of 0.5% of the company's turnover (article 238a of the French Tax Code).
For every placement, a donation to Planète Urgence of €2,300, i.e. €920 following the tax deduction, covers organisational costs, funds the volunteer's training prior to departure (3 days, including one day of remote training), covers their needs in the field, and potentially subsidies the project to which they are contributing their skills. Certain partners also pay transport costs and some additional expenses (visa, vaccinations, etc.).
Le Congé Solidaire de 2000 à 2017 c'est :
8 504 volontaires partis en mission dont la moitié avec le soutien de leur employeur
1286 projets soutenus dans 41 pays
629 partenaires qui ont financé au moins une mission de Congé Solidaire