Founded in 2008, the Air Liquide Foundation acts on major societal issues, leveraging Air Liquide’s expertise and geographic footprint. The Foundation’s work relies on a collegial governance and the diversity and expertise of its members.
The Air Liquide Foundation’s Ethical charter
The Air Liquide Foundation acts within the framework of its corporate purpose. On the one hand, it supports research or scientific education projects in the field of respiratory diseases and air quality, and on the other local development projects, in particular job integration, in the territories where the Air Liquide Group is present.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets at least three times a year.
It validates the Foundation’s strategic priorities and approves the annual budget, in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
The Board reviews and decides on all projects & partnerships beyond a certain size. The Board membership is a combination of Air Liquide directors representing the founders, independent directors with qualifications in the fields of interest of the foundation and an Air Liquide employee representative. They are appointed for a renewable two-year terms.
"The Board ensures proper functioning of the Foundation. With its open dialogue and diverse composition, it supports the Foundation’s development. The Board is assisted in its work by the scientific committee, the communities committee and the Foundation’s team. The Board is very grateful to the Group’s employees who, as project evaluators, project sponsors or experts contribute to the Foundation’s unique impact.”
Jean-Marc de Royere, Chairman of the Air Liquide Foundation
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 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.
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.
“Offering our help to partner project initiators shows that our action is not just a single check but a long-term support. 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."
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
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.
Every year, the annual financial statements of the Air Liquide Foundation are audited by the Statutory Auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The Foundation's operations are also regularly and rigorously audited by Air Liquide's Internal Audit department.