Company Score

Industry Professional Services
Country Switzerland
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 683
Impact Notes 17
SDG Covered 8 out of 17

With its head office in Zurich, Switzerland, The Adecco Group is the world's largest Human Resources provider. They operate in over 60 countries with 5,200 branches and approximately 34,000 full-time equivalent employees.
The Adecco Group offer a variety of services that include permanent placement, temporary staffing and talent development. They have over 100,000 clients and 700,000 people are on assignment with them on a daily basis.

Read about Adecco and its impact below.

Impact notes

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

In 2021, data of 5 million Adecco users was leaked and available for sale on a hacking forum

Profile Prachi Maulingker
Icon time Tue Jun 8th, 2021 at 6:44pm

In 2020, nearly 3,932 data breaches were publicly reported worldwide, exposing a massive 37 Bn records1. As more businesses go digital, the risk of data breaches increases, making cyber-attacks one of the top 5 threats to global stability as of 20192. Some of the consequences of a data breach include financial loss, operational disruptions & legal ramifications3.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Adecco’s renewable energy consumption accounted for only 5.9% of its total energy mix in 2019

Profile Prachi Maulingker
Icon time Tue Jun 8th, 2021 at 11:28am

In 2019, the global primary energy consumption was 173.34 Bn MWh, of which 84% came from fossil fuels1. Renewables with a total of 7.03 Bn MWh accounted for only 11% of global energy usage in 20192. Fossil fuels exacerbated global warming and were responsible for 89% of the world's CO2 emissions in 20183. Switzerland's primary energy consumption in 2019 amounted to 1.13 exajoules (313,888,889 MWh)4;p8.

Reduced Inequalities

Adecco "believes in talent, not labels" but continues discriminatory hiring practices for 20+ years

Profile heet.ghodasara
Icon time Wed Apr 21st, 2021 at 7:58am

Around the world, approximately 70% of people have faced inequality threatening their scope of opportunities and growth, thus leaving them at an economic disadvantage, forcing them to commit crimes with a destroyed sense of fulfillment1;p1. Globally, two in 10 people have personally experienced discrimination on at least one of the grounds established by human rights law1;p1

Decent work and Economic Growth

Adecco Group promoted unpaid overtime, wage theft, and zero-hour contracts in 2019-20

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 1:22pm

Globally, an estimated 20-30 million people suffer from modern slavery1.The modern-day slaves are exploited by employers through forced labor and are paid either meager wages or none at all2. According to the International Labour Organisation, three out of every 1000 people worldwide are victims of forced labour3. Forced labor generates annual profits of 150 billion dollars4. Around 16 million out of the 24.9 million people in forced labor are in the private sector globally5

Good Health and Well-being

Adecco's stakeholders record their own physical activities as a way to promote healthier lifestyles and raise charitable donations.

Profile rabbitt
Icon time Wed Jun 24th, 2020 at 8:51am

A Loughborough University study shows that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for diseases. It states that office workers spend up to 75% of their time sitting down.1p4 To address this, workplace physical activity programmes have been specifically designed to promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles.2 However, any form of physical movement is beneficial and the advice is to discover physical activities that are enjoyable and that suit the individual’s mobility and fitness.3p45