Social protection under fire. Confined but concentrated, Thomas Saunier holds (at a distance) the helm of Malakoff Humanis with a definite course. “In a crisis situation, priority targets must be quickly defined,” said the group’s CEO, who was primarily concerned with his nearly 11,000 employees. A business continuity plan was deployed from the start of the crisis. “All the necessary measures have been taken to protect our employees, and from March 17 [date du début du confinement, NDLR], the watchword was to stay at home “, specifies Thomas Saunier who, himself, does not go to the office and juggles with mastery with the many videoconferencing tools available. The strikes of December and January were able to test the teleworking agreement in force in the company. “Today 85% of our employees are able to work remotely.” Certain activities, such as the processing of paper mail, still require the presence of employees on site. ” We have decided not to have recourse to partial unemployment and are committed to maintaining 100% of the salaries of our employees, ”adds Thomas Saunier.
It must be said that the task is titanic, while a good part of the economy is at a standstill, with 6.3 million employees on short-time working in 586,000 companies and associations, according to the Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud on Wednesday April 8. That is to say 500,000 more employees in two days. “Faced with this exceptional situation, we are mobilizing more than ever to help our client companies and our policyholders, by offering them specific services, but also concrete financial support”, comments Thomas Saunier. Like other players in the insurance and social protection sector, Malakoff Humanis has in fact just set up a “Covid-19 corporate solidarity” mechanism, endowed with 200 million euros. A very generous effort which alone equals the global envelope released by the French Insurance Federation (FFA) to feed the Solidarity Fund announced by Bruno Le Maire.
Spreading and deferral of contributions
Concretely, by offering its client companies (for collective provident and health insurance contracts) who so request a staggering or deferral of the payment of contributions for the second quarter, Malakoff Humanis is helping to loosen the grip on expenditure for the most vulnerable societies. As of April 8, the request had already been made by 20% of the 500,000 client companies of Malakoff Humanis. A figure which “increases every day”, testifies the leader. The financial impact