The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the Foundation’s strategic priorities and approving the annual budget, in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws. The Board also approves scientific projects pertaining to air quality and respiratory diseases, as well as professional integration partnerships. It meets three times a year. The Board of Directors is composed of five members from the Air Liquide group representing the founders, an employee representative for the Group, and three qualified non-company individuals from the fields of environmental protection, health and local development. They are appointed for a renewable two-year term.
The Foundation's Project selection committee is responsible for examining and selecting the projects chosen by the Foundation’s team according to the established selection criteria. Multi-year projects or those requiring more than 25,000 euros are submitted to the Board for approval. The Project selection committee grants funds to each project according to the Foundation's annual budget, monitors the chosen projects, and assesses the work that is done and the results achieved. It meets approximately every three months. The Committee is made up of eight members, seven of whom work at the Air Liquide group. They are chosen for their expertise in the fields in which the Foundation is active. Given the value placed on individual shareholding in the Air Liquide group’s strategy and culture, it was only natural that an individual shareholder would be chosen to be part of the Committee. Thus, the composition of the Committee is as follows:
A close-knit team of four manages day-to-day operations at the Foundation. The team receives and examines every funding request that comes in. They also work with Group employees to evaluate projects and prepare the applications for support for the Board of Directors and the Project selection committee. They proactively identify organizations or projects that fit with the Foundation’s priorities and develop meaningful projects with them. They closely monitor projects, expenses and results. They also produce the Foundation’s communication materials.
The Foundation’s ethical charter was approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation’s governance abides by five guiding principles: