Pays de la Loire: two major players in the social and solidarity economy come together to create the Estille group.

The Estille Group was created from the merger of two major players in the social and solidarity economy in the Pays de la Loire: Soltiss in the Vendée and Envie 44 in the Loire-Atlantique.

Estille is the name of this new group and it is not a merger to make big money, but to streamline funds to restore work and hope for those who are excluded from it.

A smart combination of care, recycling of objects or waste, education and integration of isolated people. From now on, this new structure consists of 15 different companies, but they all have the same goal: to remain at the service of society and the environment.

We cannot keep turning this world around with 2.7 million people excluded from the labor market and using 2.9 times more resources every year than our planet can provide us with in a year.

“This merger is, first of all, a meeting of two people, and then a meeting of two structures and permanent teams. Together, with a purpose, we will achieve more, we will do more, and we will go further.” Explains Fabrice Preau, board member of Estille.

Thus, a new path opens up for this new group whose goal is to create jobs. “Today, with Envie44, which has been around for over 30 years, and Soltiss, which has been around for 25 years, we are reaching the threshold through a merger that will allow us to accelerate our environmental impact and our social impact. Doing more for the public through inclusion or people with disabilities” confirms Fabrice Preau,

“For the public, this means job creation, as well as better jobs, better support, and better training courses.”

“We are also going to allow our long-term employees who are in contact with the public to have stronger support services, have career opportunities, and when creating jobs, this will allow us to attract talent,” he continued.

Today, this new organization has 582 full-time equivalent positions and more than 400 people are in the process of incorporation. If we count people in the integration process, who are not on permanent contracts, but on fixed-term contracts with contracts from two months to 24 months, then this is more than 1,000 people in the process of inclusion. In addition, Estille has an operating profit of 25 million euros, 53,500 tons of recycled waste and 1,315 tons of recycled products.

A wide range of opportunities to give hope to those who do not have a job. Fabrice Préaud describes in detail the services offered: “This ranges from garbage collection, sorting and raising waste awareness to pallet repair: we restore boards and make furniture that is resold to decorate Leroy Merlin.

Other services such as packaging and logistics: we employ 40 people with disabilities, three brands of temporary agencies for people in the process of integration and people with disabilities. But it also concerns the renovation of washing machines, a training center, a tourist park in La Roche-sur-Yon, which will open in 2023 around nature, or how to grow well to eat well while preserving biodiversity, the problems of our society.

Work is not an end in itself, work is a social life, money to be able to be happy and be able to live.

Fabrice Preo, Member of the Board of Estille

“People, when they come home, they are a little gray and after a while we manage their mobility, housing, some have health problems, because many are homeless or have very insecure housing before returning home.” adds Fabrice Preau.

“For 25 years, we were a bit of tightrope walkers, tightrope walkers, we were about economic profitability, turnover, activism, but let people out of work put them on the social ladder so they could emancipate and prosper.”

The added value compared to their competitors is that Estille has placed a bet on providing jobs to people who, without the company, would either be unemployed or on social minimums. Long won bet.

“What we experience every day and what we are trying to achieve is breathtaking!” – modestly explains Fabrice Preo.

“Success in the implementation of an economic project for social and environmental purposes is complete madness, and this has been going on for 25 years. We don’t have to justify what we’re doing, it works, we’re in the process of changing the world. , in our opinion.

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