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Governance

Founded in 2008 under the impulse of Benoît Potier, CEO of Air Liquide, the Air Liquide Foundation is taking actions on major societal issues, leveraging Air Liquide’s expertise , geographic footprint and corporate culture. The Foundation’s work relies on a clear and collegial governance that is enhanced by the diversity and expertise of its members. Powerful lever of sponsorship, the Foundation is chaired by a member of the Air Liquide Board of Directors and managed by an enthusiastic and hard-working team.

The Air Liquide Foundation’s Ethical charter

The Foundation’s ethical charter was approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation’s governance abides by five guiding principles:

  • Projects are chosen based on the principles of integrity, transparency, a lack of conflicts of interest and independence.
  • The Foundation does not serve the financial interests of its management team, Board members, founders or contacts, including project sponsors and the members of the Project selection committee.
  • When examining each project, the Foundation takes into account interactions between the people who will receive the funding and any relevant Air Liquide entities, taking care that the Air Liquide's Principles of Actions are respected.
  • The decision to support a project is always made through open, respectful debate.
  • The Foundation is particularly attentive to supporting and monitoring the chosen projects to ensure that the allocated resources are being used properly for their intended purposes. Regular reports are provided to the Foundation over the course of the project.

The Board of Directors

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.

 

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Testimonial

“The Board ensures that the Foundation is functioning properly”

Jean-Marc de Royere, Chairman of the Air Liquide Foundation Member of the Air Liquide Board of Directors

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The Board ensures that the Foundation is functioning properly. With its open dialogue and diverse composition, it supports the Foundation in its development. The Board is assisted by the Foundation’s team and the Project selection committee. The Board is grateful to the Group employees, project evaluators, sponsors and experts whose contributions make the Foundation’s unique impact possible.

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The Scientific Committee 

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 :

  • ensuring the quality of the research projects (scientific approach, innovative character, impact) and teams (skills, ecosystem), 
  • ensuring that research projects are consistent with the Foundation's missions, 
  • deciding on the level of financial commitment requested.

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 Communities Committee

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.

Bruno Leprince-Ringuet
Bruno Leprince-Ringuet, General Manager of the Foundation

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.

Testimonial

“Offering our help to partner project initiators shows that our action is not just a single check but a long-term support.”

Bruno Rostaing Capaillan, Member of the Communities Committee for the Air Liquide Foundation 2018-2020, and Member of the Air Liquide Shareholder Communication Committee 2017-2020

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I was so honored when they asked me to join the Air Liquide Foundation. I found myself part of an organization that wants to make a difference, that makes an effort to listen and that is incredibly thoughtful. Now more than ever we must put people first. I really want to help others enjoy the same opportunities I have enjoyed. I believe that the Foundation’s new priorities will pay off.

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The Operational Team

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.

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