From the start, the Foundation needed Air Liquide employees to be part of the projects it supports, for project- sponsoring, project-monitoring or to transfer skills.
Dozens of Air Liquide employees have contributed their professional skills with high motivation to the Foundation. The Foundation has relied on their understanding of local issues and knowledge of NGO’s acting on the ground. When it comes to community projects, they see for themselves that they are carried out effectively.
The Foundation encourages Air Liquide employees to work on behalf of their communities by sponsoring an organization of their choice.
Air Liquide employees present the Foundation with local development projects they care about in the fields of education, job training, disability, social issues or access to healthcare. These projects must take place in Europe or in a developing economy, always located near an Air Liquide subsidiary. Project sponsors do not evaluate or follow the project they have sponsored (see below), but they will be updated about the project's progress by the Foundation’s team.
A project needs to be evaluated and, if validated by the Foundation, must then be monitored till its completion. We rely on the same employee (different from the “sponsor”) to evaluate and monitor the project. This ensures that we understand the expectations of our partner and deliver successfully.
When a local development project is shortlisted, a volunteer from the local Air Liquide subsidiary will work alongside the organization that requires the Foundation’s support.. Their job is to support the organization's team throughout the programme, from the feasibility study to the final completion and impact testing. The employee is responsible for visiting the project site and verifying that it meets the Foundation’s selection and viability criteria.
Once the support agreement has been signed between the Foundation and the organization, the employee will also ensure that the work is going smoothly and that the Foundation’s funds are being used properly.
Once the project is complete, she/he will assess the implementation. The employee’s commitment at each step of the way helps guarantee the Foundation has a positive, tangible impact on the causes itsupports.
For all scientific projects evaluation & monitoring is done by an Air Liquide R&D expert.
The Foundation asks Air Liquide experts, doctors and researchers to assess the quality and relevance of the research projects. Discussions and laboratory visits often take place before the project is sent to the Board of Directors for a decision.
Skills-based sponsorship is to encourage expertise sharing and mutual support and to enable employees to spend a portion of their working hours helping an organization. The end result: a meaningful and rewarding interpersonal experience, that benefits both the employee and the people being helped.
Employees can put their professional skills to work for individuals or organizations to help with a specific project or the development of an organization, as a one-off or on a regular basis. This is a win-win approach where the supported organization is able to access expertise that is not available or is still in development, while the employee shares her/his expertise and expands her/his horizons. These experiences provide for enriching encounters and a feeling of accomplishment.