24 January 2022



France France
Geographical scope
  • Type

    Establishing alternative models (cooperatives)

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The Initiative Emploi is a cooperative based in Haut-de-Seine, France. Since its creation in 1987, Initiative Emploi has worked towards ‘employment for all'. In its role as an economic and social player, Initiative Emploi creates ‘springboard’ jobs by offering practical and ethical services to its various partners and clients: companies, communities, associations and individuals. 

It focuses on three sectors of platform work: 

  • provision of staff, for professionals and individuals
  • the ecological washing of vehicles without water via a solidarity franchise
  • concierge service for businesses and individuals.

Initiative Emploi acts as employer to the workers, who are provided with fixed-term contracts. The workers are then supported in their professional undertakings and their way towards long-term employment (such as by accomplishing trainings and obtaining professional diplomas). 

Initiative Emploi mobilises internal resources or resources implemented with its partners, in the service of training and support for people seeking employment. By supporting people towards sustainable employment, it contributes to the development of the region and to social cohesion within it. 

Since January 2017, Initiative Emploi has taken up the challenge of achieving dual quality certification. The initiative meets the requirements of the ISO 9001: 2015 standard for ‘Employment and support through the production of goods and services in a solidarity-based approach according to the Cèdre version 3 standard ‘. Through this dual certification, the association shows its determination and its application in the search for continuous improvement, both in supporting its employees towards sustainable employment and in the service offer intended for its economic partners. 

Additional metadata

platform cooperatives, labour market access, skills and employability, social protection, green economy
Worker collectives (cooperatives), Employee organisation
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Initiative emploi


Eurofound (2022), Initiative Emploi (Initiative), Record number 2250, Platform Economy Database, Dublin,