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FLAMME ASSAINISSEMENT pulls its territory and young people out of the fire

2. Human Rights

Diversity, equal opportunity, and fighting discrimination


Flamme Assainissement is a family-owned company created in 1900 in Maubeuge which specializes in sanitization, industrial cleaning, skip leasing and industrial waste disposal. A Flamme service optimizes the maintenance of its clients manufacturing process, and thus, is involved in their production. The company relies on respect: respect of individuals, of the environment, of its commitments, and on exemplarity as well. The company director meets job seekers every week for one hour (Called "Butterfly hour"), in a high unemployment area and a difficult economic climate (26% unemployment rate in the town of Maubeuge).


  • Giving a chance to 6 job seekers a week
  • Contributing to maintain employment in an ailing area
  • Recruiting motivated employees


"Just like a politician holding a surgery". Daniel Flamme, director of the company, personally meets with 6 job seekers, who spontaneously applied for a job at Flamme, every Friday over lunch, for one hour.

Recruitment starts as soon as they climb the stairs. The director sometimes feels like "he is acting as a dad, shaking up and lecturing" these young and often lost job seekers whom he wants to help "get back in line". He sees the company as a school of life, a second home after the family, and he always gives people a chance, as he wishes to see them reveal their full potential. 

The company hires from 60 to 80 temporary employees in August, anticipating the summer workload. This is a period of intense activity for the company who deals with the cleaning of industrial sites closed during the summer holidays. The workforce is mostly recruited from the surrounding area, to be closer to work sites in the field and to be able to be on-call.

By meeting anyone who passes through the gates of the company, the director hopes to provide people in difficulty with their first professional experience, a springboard, and even a sustainable job. He can see shared capitalization and increased fidelity of its employees on a daily basis.


  • Over 80% of the workforce was unemployed when hired, and was recruited thanks to the Butterfly hour
  • Low employee turn-over: 4.35% in 2011 and 2% in 2012. Sector rate: 11.5% in 2011
  • Employee gratitude


  • Over 360 job seekers met in 2012 (75% of them being young people)
  • 60 to 80 temporary workers hired every year during summer work period
  • 10.32% of disabled workers in 2012
  • Training: an average 5.28% of the wage bill between 2010/2012.
49 (2013)
7 621 325 € (2013)


12 Rue J. Messager St Rémy du Nord


Florence FLAMME, Responsable Administratif et Financier, 03 27 63 66 07, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mise à jour le 29/06/2016

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