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Helm – Workplace Inclusive Solutions

Country

Egypt

Import/Export

Export

Topic

Transfer Model

Social Franchizing or Contracting

Status

Replication ready

Helm es una empresa social con sede en El Cairo que se centra en la promoción de la inclusión de la discapacidad, con especial énfasis en el empleo. Desde 2016, Helm trabaja con empresas para ofrecer tanto análisis de puestos de trabajo de contratación como servicios de consultoría en materia de accesibilidad. A partir de estos resultados, Helm trabaja con las empresas para diseñar estrategias y adaptaciones que las hagan más inclusivas. Desde 2016 hasta 2020, Helm ha realizado más de 1.000 auditorías de accesibilidad y ha apoyado la contratación de 250+ personas con discapacidad.

Solution

Helm has two services to make workplaces inclusive.

The first is a recruitment job analysis, where it reviews a company’s disability employment policies, practices, and culture, and collaborates with them to design a disability hiring strategy and to support recruitment. For example, Helm worked with Mars, the multinational food producer, to deliver a customized work preparation course for its 20 new factory operators with disabilities. Helm has supported recruitment to a wide range of roles, including accountants and marketing professionals.

Helm also offers accessibility consulting and provides suggested improvements and their costs. Helm has developed software to generate automated reports on this topic. It has audited the offices and factories of over 200 partners, including the Egypt branches of Wrigley, Vodafone, and Amazon; and it has made recommendations on adaptations for employees and customers, such as barrier-free entrances, visual fire alarm systems in offices, and Braille signage.

The project is 20 per cent funded through grants from organizations such as the Vodafone Egypt Foundation and 80 per cent through companies paying for the consulting services provided.

Impact

Helm’s model is implemented in around 200 organizations all over Egypt

From 2016 to 2020, Helm has completed a total of 1,063 accessibility audits

Goals

Helm works across most provinces in Egypt and wants to replicate the inclusive workplace model in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It is working on digitalizing its processes to increase efficiency, maintain consistency in service delivery, and to facilitate replication.

Needs

To further support replication, Helm wants to connect with non-profit disability organizations; government agencies; and employer, business, and HR networks in the MENA region.

Transfer Model

As our potential partner, you have the choice between two collaboration models. Each partnership can be customized to help both our organizations reach their desired goals:

1. Become part of the Helm franchise. Should you choose this model, you will receive guidance, training and an easy to implement manual. You will be responsible for maintaining and growing the business in exchange for a set royalty fee (annual fee) proportionate to the income you generate.
2. Be our partner: In this model we develop the business through our widespread international network and contract you for the implementation. You will receive professional training and support.

Further Info

Amena El Saie, Cofounder and CEO, amena@helmegypt.org

Ramez Maher, Cofounder and Managing Director, ramez@helmegypt.org

Webpage: https://www.helmegypt.org/

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