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France: Recycling company Paprec adopts charter that forbids employees from wearing religious symbols

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11 February 2014

French recycling company adopts 'secularism charter'

Author: Sébastian Seibt, France 24

Paprec...became France’s first privately-owned business to adopt a so-called “secularism charter”...which forbids its employees from wearing religious symbols...All 4,000 of Paprec’s employees voted to approve the charter, which will be written into official policy and displayed at the entrance of each of the company’s 50 sites once it has been validated by the Ministry of Labour...[S]taff will not only be prohibited from wearing outward signs of their religious persuasion, but also from proselytising in the workplace...[P]aprec has often been held up as a model of diversity, with 52 different nationalities represented in its workforce [but] the charter raises the tricky question of just how far France’s secularist values should go. Up until now, measures restricting conspicuous religious symbols have been limited to the public sphere...The company hopes that by introducing the charter, it will force the debate on secularism in privately-owned businesses. [Refers also to Randstad France]

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Author: AFP

L’entreprise de recyclage Paprec a adopté, avec le soutien de ses 4.000 employés, une «charte de la laïcité» qui interdit le port de signes religieux…Le groupe privé basé…[est] régulièrement salué comme un modèle en terme de diversité et de promotion sociale, notamment d’employés d’origine étrangère…[La « charte »] reprend le «devoir de neutralité» religieuse ayant cours dans la sphère publique et prévoit aussi que «le port de signes ou tenues par lesquels les collaborateurs manifestent ostensiblement une appartenance religieuse n’est pas autorisé»…[Fait aussi référence à Casino, EDF, IBM, Orange, RATP]

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