Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
64.8 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2015)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2015)
Organization-based (ILO, 2015)

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • Social Survey
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
    • Other
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


Draft Law on the Institutionalization of Voluntary Service No 458

Year 2001
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?


VNR Reporting

Report on the Implementation by France of the Sustainable Development Goals

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 21

The Civic Reserve gives all citizens the possibility to work as volunteers to convey and put into practice the values of the French Republic at school alongside teachers.

No mention

Revue Nationale Volontaire de la France 2017-2022

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 99

France Volontaires is the French platform for international volunteering exchange and solidarity. Operated by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign brings together the French government local authorities and associations around a mission of general interest: the development and promotion of international exchange and solidarity (VIES). VIES covers a wide range diversity of projects, enabling every citizen to get involved in international solidarity. international solidarity. By virtue of its universal nature, volunteering contributes to civil societies, the emergence of more to the emergence of more inclusive societies, open to the world. Between 2016 and 2022, more than 47,000 volunteers carried out an international assignment as part of VIES programs. Between 2017 and 2022, France welcomed 860 international volunteers from 61 countries (outside the EU) via the civic service.

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