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Serving science and society

In 2008 Air Liquide SA, the parent company of the Air Liquide Group, and Air Liquide Santé International, its healthcare subsidiary, launched 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 Air Liquide Foundation. They assign it 2 missions: first to support research projects and, second, to promote local development on the behest of Group employees. It is established as a  French corporate foundation and will serve society by drawing on resources of Air Liquide
  • 2008-2013: 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. The Foundation’s five-year mandate is renewed in 2013

  • 2013-2018: the Foundation extends its scientific work in Europe, as well as its social mission. It supports projects in altogether more than 40 countries. A 2nd five-year renewal of the Foundation is validated in 2018
  • In 2019 the Foundation decides to pursue longer scientific  partnerships. In the social field, it will focus on job-skilling young people and adults, 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 fragile populations.
    As a consequence of the Foundation’s growth and increased specialisation, the “Projects selection committee” is replaced by a “scientific committee” and a “communities committee”
  • In 2021, for the first time, the Foundation gets direct funding from Air Liquide shareholders for four projects
  • In 2022, the Foundation is part of an Air Liquide programme to support refugees from the war in Ukraine. It gets financial support from many shareholders and employees of Air Liquide and backs dozens of projects across Europe.


From 2021 to 2022 with the Foundation's chair

After a “special” year 2020 due to the emergence of Covid-19, the Air Liquide Foundation continued in 2021 its essential missions in medical research and in the field of job integration, adapting digitally in the context of the pandemic.

2020, a momentous year for the Air Liquide Foundation

2020 was a momentous year for the Foundation, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. It turned out to be one of exceptional activity. Covid-19 became the prime focus of many of the Foundation’s partners, research teams & NGOs alike, in France, across Europe and internationally. The Foundation was quick on its feet, with the full support of its founders and its board.

68 research projects supported by the Foundation since 2008

400 social projects supported by the Foundation since 2008

Projects in 52 countries