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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.

State baking

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

Les principaux partenaires du Congé Solidaire

BPI
CDC COSOG
CEGOS
CGI
CONNEXING
CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL D'ILLE & VILAINE
CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL DE LOIRE ATLANTIQUE
CREDIT MUTUEL NORD EUROPE
FONDATION D'ENTREPRISE KERING
FONDATION EDF
FONDATION MAISONS DU MONDE
FONDATION ORANGE
FONDATION SCHNEIDER
FONDATION SFR
FRANCE TELEVISIONS
GROUPE MATFER BOURGEAT
LA BANQUE POSTALE
MAIF
MAISONS DU MONDE FRANCE SAS
NATIXIS
NATIXIS AEW EUROPE
NATIXIS AEW EUROPE
NATIXIS FINANCEMENT
NATIXIS LEASE
NATIXIS NAM
PLANETE URGENCE
RENAULT RETAIL GROUP
SERVIER ( FONDS DE DOTATION MÉCENAT)
SOPRA STERIA
THALES
TRANSAT FRANCE