Kodiko: Promoting employee-refugee co-mentoring programs

Kodiko promotes co-mentoring programs between employees in companies and refugee job seekers.

Kodiko: Promoting employee-refugee co-mentoring programs

Kodiko promotes co-mentoring programs between employees in companies and refugee job seekers.
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The project in brief

Implemented by





2016 - Present 

Kodiko aims to extend the program in one new territory/city per year in order to progressively provide its services to the entire French territory 


Kodiko facilitates the access of refugees to the job market and contributes to ​​creating a ​suitable environment for them for immersive trainings in French companies. It also ​creates opportunities for​ French employees to develop soft skills and intercultural skills throughout an innovative co-mentoring program.   

Project aims

Kodiko’s mission is two-fold : 

  • Support  refugees who wish to further their professional integration through an individual and collective mentoring program 
  • Provide professional and cultural codes to working professionals and refugees who have recently arrived in French territory to help empower them and structure their professional networks.  

Resources used

  • Skills sponsorship program (three days per employee for a six months commitment) 
  • Financial contribution for each company participating in the program 


Institutions: French Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, French Minister of the Interior, Mairie de Paris, DIAIR, OFII, Caisse des Dépots, Conseil Génétal D’Indre & Loire, OFPRA

Companies: Manpower, SANOFI, SNCF, Société Générale, VINCI, Western Union, Canal+, Crédit Agricole Assurances, Total, HAVAS, Club Med, Respublica, EDF, BETC, ARSENE, Utopies, Humando, Sennse, CEFil, CiviTime, Numaterra, Une Image à Part, Lesens, Cegelec, Coach & Road, Experiencis, Finacoop, La Diragencie, La Tortinière, KOEO, Taddeo, Pih-Poh

Others: Alliance Française de Paris Ile-de-France, THOT, Kabubu, Aurore, Action Emploi Réfugiés, Wintegreat, UNIR, JRS, SINGA, L’Oeuvre d’Orient, TECHFUGEES, Maison de la Poésie, France Terre d’Asile, FACE, Secours Catholique, Croix Rouge Française, Passerelles & Compétences, Solidarités Nouvelles pour le Logement


VIDEO: Kodiko - Fatoumata et Catherine

Challenges and how they were overcome


  • Mobilization of the stakeholders (companies, institutions, etc.)
  • Identification and sourcing of beneficiaries responding to specific criteria
  • Level of commitment of both employees & beneficiaries in the program
  • Replication of the program in different regions/cities of intervention 

These challenges were overcome through community building (NGOs, companies), external consulting and expert input-forums. This improved the overall engineering of the program and strengthened the methodology and tools that monitor all dimensions of our program's impact.

Results of the Good Practice 

  • 50% of our beneficiaries find a concrete professional opportunity by the end of the program
  • 60% have a relevant professional network by the end of the program 

Next steps 

  • To develop the program, with the help of the French Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, in three new cities in the east of France (Région Est) from 2019 to 2021.
  • To improve the teaching, set up and the Kodiko’s impact measurement tool (ongoing).
  • To develop innovative offers for smaller companies and organizing groundbreaking and impacting events within companies.


VIDEO: Kodiko - Abdelhameed et Marie Hélène




Submitted by

Cécile Pierrat Schiever, Co-founder & President, Kodiko