HRS4R Certification

In June 2021, BRGM has obtained the European Commission's HRS4R "HR Excellence in Research" certification, which aims to improve recruitment practices and working conditions for researchers in research organisations. The labelling process is currently under way.
Logo du label européen HRS4R "Human Resource Excellence in Research"

Logo of the European HRS4R “Human Resource Excellence in Research” label.

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The European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) aims to support research organisations and institutions improving the working conditions and recruitment of researchers. The European Commission’s "HR Excellence in Research" label gives recognition to research institutions involved in this process.

It provides for voluntary compliance with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

BRGM, the first EPIC to be awarded the HRS4R label

Since 21 June 2021, BRGM has become the first French public industrial and commercial establishment (EPIC) to be awarded the HRS4R label.

In adopting this approach, BRGM, the French Geological Survey, has committed to implementing the 40 principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. It is a question of adapting the HRS4R baseline to BRGM's specificity as a public industrial and commercial establishment carrying out a diversified scientific activity covering not only research but also expertise in support of public authorities and economic players, and innovation in conjunction with the industrial world.

Why did BRGM choose to embark on the labeling process?

The HRS4R label is an opportunity for BRGM to consolidate its human resources strategy for research while developing it and thus to be able to integrate it into the institution's overall policy. Attractiveness is at the heart of this approach. The institution will be able to pursue and consolidate its proactive policy in favour of its scientific staff. The measures implemented will benefit all BRGM staff by helping to improve working conditions in general.

Obtaining the label is fully integrated into the requirements set out in the 2018-2022 State-BRGM objectives and performance contract signed with BRGM's supervisory ministries. It will be one of the deliverables for the period in question.

Two-year action plan

The European Commission has approved BRGM's approach without reservation. The institution now has two years to continue and complete the implementation of the proposed action plan, which includes 87 actions of graduated scope, spread over the following areas:

  • Professional and ethical responsibilities (28 actions);
  • Recruitment and selection (18 actions);
  • Working conditions and social policy (29 actions);
  • Training and supervision (12 actions).

BRGM has chosen a project mode configuration to organise and structure its HRS4R strategy, based on a project manager, a steering committee, working groups representing the various BRGM divisions. Around thirty BRGM staff are working together to implement the HRS4R strategy.