Created in May 2004 and provided with an annual budget of 7.2 million euros, the Veolia Environnement Foundation is one of the five leading private-sector foundations in France, both for its financial endowment and for the number of projects to which it contributes.
The Veolia Environnement Foundation supports non-profit community-oriented projects contributing to outreach, workforce development and environmental conservation, in France and internationally.
It is unique in that every project that it supports is accompanied by a sponsor, who is a Company employee, and in that it provides the expertise of employee volunteers, joined together in Veoliaforce, in the areas of emergency aid and development.
The Foundation focuses on three priority areas
Humanitarian emergencies and development aid
The Foundation provides emergency aid during national disasters and humanitarian crises: access to water and wastewater services, energy and waste management.
Besides these crisis situations, the Foundation promotes development projects for these vital services, which represent the core professions of Veolia Environnement.
Social cohesion and job counseling
The Foundation supports projects in the field of workforce development, aimed at helping people outside mainstream society find a stable job, fostering the transition to work through economic activity.
Since finding a lasting job is a priority objective, the Foundation encourages building "bridges" between the jobseekers and the Company business divisions.
Environmental conservation and biodiversity protection
Veolia Environnement, a world leader in environmental services, supports major international programs through its Foundation, aimed at rehabilitating and protecting exceptional ecosystems.
The Foundation also participates in many awareness raising and communication projects aimed at a broad public, aimed to encourage behavior patterns that show greater respect for the environment.
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Since its creation in 2004, the Foundation has supported over 1,000 projects, half of them outside France, and has conducted more than 150 expertise missions.