Human Resources Research Institute for the chemical industry (observatoire des industries chimiques)
The Life-long Learning Agreement, signed on 8 November 2004, led to the creation of the Human Resources Research Institute for jobs, qualifications and diversity in the chemical industry. The Institute aims to:
- form a better understanding of the sector, particularly in terms of the job market and statistics on employment and training;
- monitor employment trends in the sector;
- help businesses define their training policies and employees to plan their careers by providing tools to assist in the decision-making process.
• Goals of the Institute
The Institute will work towards providing the following services to businesses and employees in the chemical industry and to other sections of society affected by the sector:
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- providing information for a better understanding of job market trends in the sector and the resultant impact on employment and requirements in terms of employee qualifications;
- anticipating trends in the job market and the emergence of new job profiles;
- identifying the appropriate skills and qualifications for each job profile;
- assisting businesses of all sizes and those operating in all areas of activity by facilitating the process of forecasting recruitment needs in terms of job profile and qualifications;
- defining company policies for induction and on-going training, adapted to suit the needs of different businesses.
The results of the Institute’s activities are made available to businesses, employees and the OPCA C2P (joint financing authority for the chemical, petroleum and pharmaceuticals industries) as and when they are ready.
• How the Institute functions
The Institute’s work schedule is defined by France’s national employment commission (CPNE), which consists of representatives from various trade unions, employee associations and professional trade bodies, all party to the Collective National Agreement for the French chemical industry (CCNIC).
A committee with equal representation from both employee associations (FCE-CFDT, CFE-CGC, CMTE-CFTC, FNIC-CGT and CGT-FO) and professional trade bodies (on behalf of employers: FEBEA, FIPEC, FNCG, FNIEEC and UIC) was established in order to monitor the activities of the Institute. The committee consists of ten appointed members.
UIC handles the day-to-day management and administration of the Institute.
FCE-CFDT (French Chemical Workers’ Union); CFE-CGC (French Union for Executives and Professionals); CMTE-CFTC (French Union for Chemical Mining, Textiles and Energy Industries - French Union for Temporary and Part-time Workers); FNIC-CGT (French Chemical Industry Federation branch of the General Workers’ Union); CGT-FO (French General Workers’ Union); FEBEA (French Federation Beauty Industries)
FIPEC (French Federation of Paints, Inks, Dyes, Glues and Adhesives Industries); FNCG (French Federation of Oils and Fats Industries); FNIEEC (French Federation of Electrometallurgical, Electrochemical and Related Industries)
• An ambitious, customised project schedule
Since its creation in March 2005, the Institute has completed the four following surveys and projects:
- the needs of businesses and their expectations with respect to the Institute;
- a status report on publicly available employment and training statistics for the sector;
- a portfolio of job profiles in the chemical industry, available on-line at
- a Human Resources Research Project (CEP), in partnership with the Government (results to be published shortly).
The work schedule set by the CPNE for 2008 includes plans to disseminate the conclusions of the CEP throughout the network, to consolidate, supplement and publish the portfolio of job profiles created in 2007, and to complete the refinement process of the tools involved. Finally, the Institute intends to publish and disseminate performance indicators for ‘Employment & Training’ and ‘Diversity’.
Le Diamant A
92909 Paris la Défense Cedex
Tél: 01 46 53 11 55
The French Chemistry Society - Société Française de Chimie (SFC)
The French Chemistry Society is a non-profit-making association officially recognised as beneficial to the general public. Its aim is to promote the scientific, educational and applied aspects of chemistry.
- Developing scientific activities thanks to international conferences, specialised or interdisciplinary meetings, scientific awards granting, actions aimed at young research workers and all kinds of national and international co-operation.
- Acting as a place where chemists can meet and exchange ideas and contributing to as well as strengthening the relations with secondary education teachers and universities, the CNRS (SERC equivalent), the engineering "grandes écoles" (competitive-entrance higher education establishments), Fédération Gay-Lussac and the industry.
- Helping and taking part in job-hunting.
- Representing chemistsin negotiations with the authorities and underlining the essential part played by the chemical industry in the national economy.
- Promoting and defending the image of chemistry with the general public.
- The French Chemistry Society comprises:
- 8 scientific divisions :
Catalysis, analytical chemistry and chimiometry, co-ordination chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, solid chemistry, polymer and elastomer materials, and teaching.
- 8 theme groups :
History of chemistry, carbon studies, photochemistry, thermodynamics and phase diagrams, computer science and chemistry, insertion compounds, electrochemistry and formulation.
- 18 regional sections and their youth clubs
Web site: www.sfc.fr
The "Chemistry and Society" Committee at the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie
The FDMC -Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie- was created in the early twentieth century as a place where science societies and the industrial world could communicate more easily. The Fondation is set in Paris in the hotel de la Rochefoucauld d'Estignac.
It is a place where chemists from all over the world can exchange ideas. Many major scientific conferences and events are organised at the SCI and several science societies have their headquarters there.
The "Chemistry and Society" Committee was set up early in 2001.
• The committee's aim is to:
- make chemistry accessible to students and the general public and communicate with the latter.
- disseminate objective information on the progress in chemistry and the problems it may pose or solve concerning the environment and food safety.
- contribute towards the efforts made in order to get a larger number of young people interested in chemistry studies and science studies in general.
- make sure the actions of the chemical authorities are properly co-ordinated.
• The committee is composed of:
- representatives of institutions dealing with chemistry such as :
the Academy of Science, Academy of Technology, National Chemistry Committee (IUPAC French section, CNRS, Fédération Gay-Lussac, Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, Palais de la Découverte (Science Museum), Therapeutic Chemistry Society, U I C, Physicists Union, "union des professeurs de spéciales", science journalists and media association.
- some personalities.
The freight transport users association - Association des Utilisateurs de Transports de Frêt (AUTF)
The amounts of chemicals which are transported make for several times the amount of produced chemicals. The reasons for such a multiplication are mainly raw materials and energy supply, delivery, distribution and storage. Furthermore, many chemicals are classified as hazardous materials.
That explains why chemical manufacturers are so preoccupied with logistics. Because transport requires resources, skills, qualifications and appropriate equipment, chemical manufacturers entrust professionals with the task, directly or not and regardless the means of transportation they use - road, train, water, air, sea, a combination of the former or pipes.
Manufacturers giving orders are considered as charterers.
The charterers have many essential and complex responsibilities and missions. This is why the UIC is in close contact with the Professional Organisation of Charterers.
The A U T F represents the companies, professional federations and associations, as well as transport users organisations. It speaks for the charterers in regional, national and international institutions.
It helps companies provide themselves with a real "transport and logistics" policy, and gives them easy access to information for that purpose.
If you want to know more about AUTF: www.autf.fr
CMFID : the inter-trade committee for the development of training in hazardous goods transport
The CIFMD (Comité Interprofessionnel pour la Formation du Transport de Marchandises Dangereuses) is composed of hazardous goods carriers and charterers. It studies all the issues related to hazardous goods transport, and especially concerning the implementation of regulations in that field.
If you want more information on the issue:
Tél: 01 46 53 10 51 - Fax: 01 46 53 11 04