The Foundation’s ethical charter was approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation’s governance abides by five guiding principles:
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 Scientific Committee reviews all research programmes and science education projects before they are submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.
Its missions are :
It ensures compliance with the Foundation's Ethical Charter.
For each project, the medical expert or R&D manager in charge of evaluating the project is invited to the Scientific Committee.
The members of the Scientific Committee are Régis Réau, Scientific Director of Air Liquide’s R&D and a senior fellow of Air Liquide, Dr. Juan-Fernando Ramirez MD., PhD, Chief Medical Officer, VP Medical, Healthcare-WBL and an international fellow of Air Liquide, and Dr. Catherine Billoet MD, Head of Global Medical Affairs at Air Liquide Santé Internationale (ALSI) and an international senior expert of Air Liquide.
The Foundation's Communities committee is responsible for selecting the projects recommended by Air Liquide employees and reviewing partnerships & multi-year projects for professional integration. These projects have been previously 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 Communities 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 members of the communities committee are Marine Canel, Director, Web, Editorial and Internal Communications, Caroline Drouart, Director of respiratory marketing at the Healthcare WBL, Hannes Moeller, Group R&D Program Director and Bernard Vaysse, shareholder representative.
These 2 Committees meet by invitation of the General Manager of the Foundation, Bruno Leprince-Ringuet, who sets their agenda.
They review new projects as well as ongoing programmes.
They invite, as appropriate, those Air Liquide colleagues who investigate scientific projects or sponsor community partnerships.
The committees form their independent views on projects and ensure that projects comply with the Foundation's ethical charter.
A summary of the committees' recommendations is reported to the Board of Directors.
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.