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Serving Basic Research; Supporting Jobs-integration; Answering calls for Solidarity

In 2008 Air Liquide SA, the parent company of the Air Liquide Group, and Air Liquide Santé International, a company that brings together numerous health activities, created the Fondation Air Liquide. Its purpose was to act on issues of public interest where the Air Liquide Group can make a difference.



  • 2008: Air Liquide SA and Air Liquide Santé International launch the Fondation Air Liquide. They assign it 2 missions: to support research projects and to promote local development with employees of Air Liquide. It is established as a  French corporate foundation and will serve society by drawing on resources of Air Liquide.

  • 2008-2012: “Under the pole” and “Premup” count among the foundation’s first scientific projects. From the start, the Foundation supports many employee-sponsored “micro-initiatives” in dozens of countries, such as education projects in Japan after the March 2011 tsunami.

  • 2013-2017: the Foundation’s five-year mandate is renewed in 2013. It extends its scientific work in Europe. It supports projects in more than 40 countries. 

  • 2018-2022: the Foundation’s mandate is renewed for a 3rd five-year term.

    In 2019 the Foundation decides to pursue longer scientific partnerships. In the social field, it adds a specific  focus to the job-skilling young people and adults, so as to promote their integration in the workplace.

    In 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Foundation receives extra funding from its sponsors, both for scientific research on the disease and for emergency aid to vulnerable populations.As a consequence of the Foundation’s growth and increased specialization, the “Projects selection committee” is replaced by a “scientific committee” to select & follow research projects and a “communities committee” for solidarity and jobs-integration projects.

    In 2021, for the first time, the Foundation gets direct funding from Air Liquide shareholders for four projects.

    In 2022, the Foundation sets up a programme to support refugees from the war in Ukraine, with  financial support from Air Liquide as well as many shareholders and employees of Air Liquide, thus  backing dozens of projects across Europe.

  • 2023: the Foundation’s mandate is renewed for a 4th term, until 2027.

Annual reports

Since 2008, we have backed

400 solidarity and jobs-integration projects

close to 70 research projects

in over 50 countries