Villeurbanne (France)

A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

To combat discrimination, the City of Villeurbanne launched a global action plan and published a guide for businesses and economic players.  Actors Concerned for Equality and against Ethnic Discrimination in Employment is a project launched in 2004.  Its purpose is to identify discriminatory practices and help employers and employment intermediaries to develop their anti-discrimination practices.

In 2006, an agreement between different actors to work collectively against discrimination was signed.  The City and 15 local companies have produced a guide called ‘Recruit without discrimination’.  This guide embodies the commitment of each participating company to comply with a group of common rules in recruitment without discrimination.  This guide is intended for all economic and social actors in the City of Villeurbanne and the agglomeration of the City of Lyon. The guide ‘Recruit without discrimination’ is intended for human resources managers. It reminds them of their commitment to prevent discrimination in their everyday tasks. Personnel in charge of hiring may be willing to avoid discrimination, but unconscious of what the problems are and how to prevent them.

City Information
In terms of number of inhabitants, the city of Villeurbanne is the 27th city of France. The population is 139,596, according to the 2006 census. It is situated northeast of Lyon, with which it forms the heart of the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris. Many colleges and universities of the Lyon metropolitan area are located in Villeurbanne.

Villeurbanne has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since July 2009.

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