Since 2008, the Air Liquide Foundation has been responding to societal challenges by working with scientific institutions and civil society organizations. It relies on the Group's expertise and operates in the territories where Air Liquide is present throughout the world.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Air Liquide Foundation contacted its research organizations and partner associations in March 2020 to offer them emergency aid. The Foundation's objectives in the face of this crisis are twofold: supporting the beneficiaries most affected by Covid-19, better understanding the action of the virus in the lungs and improving the management of patients with respiratory impairment.
Research and Scientific education on air quality and respiratory diseases
The Foundation supports fundamental research projects to:
advance the state of the art in atmospheric chemistry;
develop and analyze databases to determine the anthropogenic nature of climate change.
The expected results are studies or models published in leading scientific journals.
The Foundation supports fundamental research projects aimed at:
understanding or describing the impact of atmospheric pollutants on our health capital;
exploring new therapeutic approaches in the treatment of chronic or rare diseases;
collecting data to better identify risks and develop prevention policies;
The expected results are publications in leading scientific journals.
The projects supported by the Foundation allow:
teachers to develop original educational programs around air quality;
institutions to hold public exhibitions showing the role of molecules such as oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen in museums attracting a wide audience.
These projects are located in the European Economic Area.
The Foundation supports local actors to carry out projects in favour of the development of local communities:
projects for the professional integration of people excluded from the employment market. These projects must create a link between the need for skills in technical jobs with shortages and people who are excluded from the labour market, motivated and able to be trained to hold these jobs. The projects are intended to make a lasting difference in the lives of local communities. Among the beneficiaries, the Foundation favours young people without diplomas or work, particularly from priority districts, people with disabilities and women wishing to work in technical occupations. These projects are carried out in France and on the African continent. They rely on the Air Liquide teams present in the territories concerned.
Projects recommended by employees
projects for people in vulnerable situations in the following areas: professional integration, education & training, disability, social, micro-entrepreneurship, environment, access to healthcare. These projects must be recommended by Air Liquide Group employees. The projects are carried out in the European Economic Area or in a developing country where the Air Liquide Group is present, near one of its subsidiaries (maximum 2 hours drive).
The Air Liquide Foundation develops long-term projects, up to 3 years, with the objective of having a real impact on the causes it supports. The Foundation relies on the skills and talents of the Air Liquide Group in the Territories where it operates. It may allocate financial, material or human resources.
Amount of endowments granted by the Air Liquide Foundation:
from €50,000 up to €300,000 over a 1 to 3 years period for research or scientific education projects related to air quality and respiratory diseases;
from €15,000 up to €150,000 over a 1 to 3 years period for local development projects related to professional integration;
from €8,000 up to €15,000 over a 1 year period for local development projects recommended by employees in the following areas: education & training, disability, social, micro-entrepreneurship, environment, access to healthcare.
scientific projects supported by the Foundation
projects of communities development supported by the Foundation
countries where the Foundation supports projects
The Foundation work relies on the support of Air Liquide employees in particular. It thus provides employees who wish to invest in solidarity actions the opportunity to express their social and human commitment. How do they get involved?
sponsorship: employees are invited to recommend projects to the Foundation in favour of people in vulnerable situations in the following areas: education & training, disability, social, micro-entrepreneurship, environment, access to healthcare.
project monitoring: employees contribute to the evaluation and support of projects;
skills sponsorship: on an ad hoc basis or over a longer period of time, employees provide the supported organizations with their professional skills for the implementation of projects.