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Our History

A Foundation serving science and local communities

In 2008, Air Liquide SA and Air Liquide Santé International created the Air Liquide Foundation to act on social issues which they feel particularly concerned about.

Major Milestones

  • 2008: Air Liquide SA and Air Liquide Santé International found the Air Liquide corporate Foundation. Benoît Potier, CEO and Chairman of the Air Liquide group, becomes Chairman of its Board. The governance structure is established, with the Board of Directors and the Project selection committee. Willing to get company employees involved in the Foundation’s philanthropic work, the organization gives them a key role in its micro-initiatives, where employees work with local NGOs or projects that help meet basic needs (such as education, access to healthcare or disability issues) in local communities where the Group operates. The Foundation also provides support to major scientific research projects like Under the pole and the Premup foundation.
  • 2013: The Foundation's mandate and budget are approved for another five years.
  • 2016: Launch of the Foundation’s awards to recognize its most impactful projects.
  • 2017: Jean-Marc de Royere, a member of the Air Liquide Board of Directors, is named Chairman.
  • 2018: With another five-year mandate and a newly doubled budget, research on air quality and scientific education become new areas of focus. The second annual foundation awards ceremony is held.
  • 2019: The Foundation’s Board approves the development of multi-year partnerships for projects, in addition to a new priority, professional integration in technical fields.
  • 2020: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Foundation received an exceptional donation of 2.1 million euros from its founders to fund scientific research on the disease and aid the high-risk populations most affected by the pandemic. 30 projects have been identified as of late July 2020.
Since 2008
49

Air Quality and Respiratory Disease Projects

317

Local Development Projects

52

Countries where the Foundation supports projects

Employee involvement

From the outset, the founders wanted to directly involve the Group's employees. Thus, each of the projects supported by the Foundation is monitored by an Air Liquide employee. This is what makes our Foundation special.

A collegial selection of projects

Since the Foundation's inception, all requests for funding have been subject to a selection process that calls on employees from various backgrounds, Air Liquide shareholder representation, as well as qualified members of the Foundation's Board.

Testimonial

“When I was asked to join the Air Liquide Foundation, I was honored. I discovered an organization that cares about doing things well, that is very attentive and exceptionally considerate.”

Bruno Rostaing Capaillan, 03/25/2020, Member of the Foundation Communities Committee and of the Air Liquide Shareholders' Communication Committee

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When I was asked to join the Air Liquide Foundation, I was honored. I discovered an organization that cares about doing things well, that is very attentive and exceptionally considerate. More than ever, we must put people back at the center of our concerns. I am very attached to giving back to others what one has received. I am convinced that the Foundation's new orientations will bear fruit.

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