The Air Liquide corporate Foundation is committed to the society. Leveraging on the Air Liquide group’s strengths - expertise and regional presence - the Foundation acts for the advancement of science so that everyone can breathe better. The Foundation also contributes to the development of communities through local initiatives and its work on professional integration in technical fields.
scientific projects supported by the Foundation
projects of communities development supported by the Foundation
The actions of the Air Liquide corporate Foundation
Breathing is essential for life. Environmental pollution or respiratory diseases can negatively impact this function. Nearly 9 million people die prematurely each year worldwide as a result of air pollution1. In cities, air pollution increases the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and reduces life expectancy by two years2.
Since breathing is so vital, we must advance research.
The Air Liquide Foundation supports fundamental research in two areas:
medical research on chronic or rare respiratory diseases and
environmental research on air composition, especially atmospheric chemistry, because it is also important to better understand the environments we inhabit.
To assess the quality and relevance of research projects, the Foundation systematically requests experts, doctors and researchers from the Air Liquide Group. Exchanges and lab visits often take place before the project is sent to the Board of directors for decision.
with local initiatives and efforts to promote professional integration in technical fields
Not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to education and employment. More than 260 million children and young adults around the world don’t have access to school or are unable to finish their studies3. In France, nearly one million young people between the ages of 16 and 25 have no education, no employment or training4. Only 35% of working-age people with disabilities are employed5. In developing economies, 59 million school-aged children are prevented from receiving an education6.
Because education, training and employment are local issues. For all these reasons, we must act within local communities.
The Air Liquide Foundation acts within local communities. We help meet the specific needs of communities in a variety of fields (education, training, healthcare, disability and social issues). Our network of employees helps to identify these needs and to monitor the projects sponsored by local organizations.
In addition, the Foundation has begun promoting professional integration in technical fields.
We are helping unemployed individuals to develop the skills that are in demand in technical fields. The Foundation gives each beneficiary - young adults without diplomas, jobs or training, especially from disadvantaged areas, individuals with disabilities or long-term unemployed - the opportunity to take charge of their own professional destiny.
In response to this health and social emergency, the Air Liquide Foundation implemented the COVID-19 initiative in March 2020. The Foundation has provided for an exceptional additional fund of over two million euros for the next two years. The goal is two-fold: to support scientific research into the impact of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus on respiratory systems, and to increase aid to our partner organizations who are active on the ground, working with the populations that have been hit the hardest by the disease and the lockdown.
The large number of requests received by the Foundation has led us to hold selection committee meetings more often so we could respond to requests as quickly as possible.
The Committee and the Board approved 10 research projects and 23 social projects.