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A Foundation serving science and local communities

In 2008 Air Liquide SA, the parent company of the Air Liquide Group, and Air Liquide Santé International, its healthcare subsidiary, launched the Air Liquide Foundation. Its purpose was to act on social issues where the Air Liquide Group can make a difference.

Milestones

  • 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. This leads to fewer, larger projects
  • 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 focus, 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

Focus

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.

400 scientific projects supported by the Foundation since 2008

68 projects of communities development supported by the Foundation

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.