Renault and disability
Renault is implementing a full range of measures for the integration of disabled people by adapting jobs in a number of ways. In production plants, employees need to adopt specific ̶ sometimes demanding ̶ positions. For this reason, Renault works with ergonomists to adopt a range of tooling such as variable-height assembly lines and anti-fatigue mats. Disabled employees have access to a wide range of hardware and software according to their disability. Hearing-impaired employees, for example, have an instant word transcription service, with video-interpretation by sign language interpreters. Some employees may adopt teleworking or flexible working. In 2012, 131 teleworking contracts were signed for disabled employees.
However, training and awareness are equally important for Renault. A new training course entitled “Managing disabled employees” was put in place last June. The objective is to do away with stereotypes and to understand different types of disability. This training course is co-organized by the Centre National de Formation Handisport (national adapted sports training centre).
As a vehicle manufacturer, Renault needs to address mobility requirements. This is the role of Renault Tech, which has an R&D budget for the development of innovative and ergonomic adaptation solutions. The Renault Tech site in Heudebouville is a dedicated plant where all vehicles are inspected on leaving the assembly line. The current line-up comprises five vehicles for consumers and business users: Renault Kangoo, Kangoo Ergoramp, Dacia Dokker TPMR (for carrying people of reduced mobility), Trafic and Master. These vehicles are equipped with transfer assist and driving aids, such as steering wheel paddles replacing the accelerator and brake pedals, automatic gearboxes, and steering balls.
To co-build appropriate solutions, Renault works with key players in the field of disability. For sixteen years, Renault has worked with the Fédération Française Handisport (French adapted sports federation), providing financial support and supplying vehicles on a permanent basis or for special events. In return, the FFH supports Renault for disability-related training and events. As part of this partnership, Renault has decided to support three athletes training for the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016: Marie-Amélie le Fur (athletics), Elodie Lorandi (swimming) and Alim Latrèche (fencing). Renault is also partnering Jaccede, an association whose collaborative guide lists the accessibility levels of more than 26,000 places in France and 7,000 in other countries.