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Recognized societal responsibility at Système U Sud

Information updated on 13/09/22

A major economic player, Système U Sud stands for a different model: organized as a merchant cooperative, the brand is also involved with helping young people’s future and business founders from priority neighborhoods.

N.RODIERE et D.LEDOUJET - SYSTEME U Sud©Edouard Hannoteaux

D. Le Doujet and N. Rodière - SYSTEME U Sud ©Edouard Hannoteaux

With 900 employees at its site in Vendargues – including 550 in logistics – Système U Sud is one of the largest private employers in the Languedoc area. The company stands by its regional roots based on long-term relations with suppliers and local authorities.

It is our duty to work to support social and economic development in our territory,” says Daniel Le Doujet, Director of the Système U Sud site.

In May 2018, the company created a partnership on that theme with Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, also signing the Companies and Neighborhoods Charter.

We are extending our hand to young people in difficult neighborhoods to offer them a broader outlook for the future at a time where they are trying to figure out which direction to take,” explains Nadine Rodière, Human Resources Director for the Group.

From intern to entrepreneur

Given the lack of guidance, qualifications, and network that often affect young people, the approach is designed to be gradual. The first step is to make people aware of the company and its careers via open-house events and by welcoming junior high school students for their required observation internship. Then the goal is to encourage access to training and employment through the attentive sponsorship of a company manager.

It is very gratifying to be a mentor. It means giving your time to spark people’s vocational interest, their desire for social advancement, or even entrepreneurship, which is possible under our brand,” points out Daniel Le Doujet.

Système U Sud already assists creators and acquirers of Système U locations. The group also joined the Montpellier Initiative Pic Saint Loup association, which attributes honorary loans, notably to company creators from priority neighborhoods.

Montpellier Métropole brought us into a constructive and motivating dialog with stakeholders in the economic inclusion world. That enabled us to better know and understand the complementary role that we can play,” concludes Nadine Rodière.

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