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Benjamin Blavier

Managing Director and founder of Passeport Avenir

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

I am the Managing Director and founder of Passeport Avenir, an association I created in 2005 while I was Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation at French telecom operator SFR. My expertise in matters relating to diversity and equal opportunities led me to found ARPEJEH, an association that supports educational projects for scholars and disabled students. My previous positions include Business Relations Director at IMS Entreprendre pour la Cité, Human Resources Director at Apple Computer France, and Human Resources Director for the Bouygues Group.

My dynamic background places me at the juncture of association, entrepreneurial and through Passeport Avenir and its partners I regularly participate in conferences to talk about:
-The fight against all forms of discrimination, and the promotion of diversity
-Higher learning and equal opportunities
-Societal innovation
-Professional insertion and access to employment

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

In France today, young people from low-income areas are still discriminated against in their access to study and the world of work, despite being fully capable of success. To fight these ongoing inequalities, I created Passeport Avenir in 2005. Together with businesses, it is our mission to help young people from low-income areas in their academic and professional careers, to create examples of success and diversity, and to foster a new generation of different leaders.

Passeport Avenir runs programs by academic level to meet the needs and expectations expressed by mentees:
High schools: Develop academic and career ambitions
Graduate school preparatory classes: Pass the entrance examinations
Graduate schools and universities: Build an ambitious career path
Graduates: Asserting themselves as Different Leaders by their background and commitment.

In addition to the individual success of our young beneficiaries, our goal is to work with all our partners to build together a richly diverse society.
Key figures:
– 4,320 student beneficiaries per year
– 1,200 executive volunteers
– 24 partner companies

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

France, Maroc.

IMPACT/What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Accenture studied the social impact of the Passeport Avenir association by running a skills-sponsorship program.
Download the study on Passeport Avenir’s social impact (PDF): click here

Key results:
90%: The percentage of mentored students who go on to a top graduate school over the last three years on average, while the average technology preparatory class success rate is between 54% and 82%, depending on the discipline. 9 out of 10 teachers interviewed say that Passeport Avenir raises their students’ ambition, and 79% of students say that the program has helped them to improve their performance at the entry tests for top graduate schools.
100%: The percentage of individually mentored students who find jobs in the six months following graduation. Moreover, the program helps to reduce the feeling of social inequality experienced by students, which persists after joining a top graduate school.
2: The number of young people who follow the example of a mentored student and also commit to a path towards academic excellence. These students are examples of success, and two thirds of them are willing to reinvest in younger generations with Passeport Avenir in to promote equal opportunities.
87%: The percentage of mentors who say that this project has increased their motivation at work. 8 out of 10 mentors feel they are achieving their individual mentoring targets, and 9 out of 10 have indicated that mentoring has improved some of their professional skills.
€3.8m: The social value generated by the program, for €1.8 million committed every year by Passeport Avenir, i.e. a social return on investment of 210%.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“ Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer