New mandate and new commitments
For its seventh mandate, the Foundation had defined three major causes based on a shared diagnosis and messages heard from the stakeholders: “Change for future generations” – “Act for solidarity in communities” – “Channel our energies”. The wording in the imperative form of action verbs attests to the Foundation’s determination to back projects that have a genuine impact on civil society and to promote the active involvement of EDF staff.
“Change for future generations”
Change… the verb is a call to mobilize, both individually and nationally or internationally, in order to generate new behaviours, thereby preparing tomorrow’s world. This is a vast endeavour, with many urgencies – in particular climate warming – entailing long-term projects designed to achieve a fair transition. The Foundation supports projects linked to environmental protection and initiatives to raise awareness on climate issues and biodiversity loss, intended to secure a sustainable living environment for future generations. The Foundation also supports cultural and educational projects designed to provide everyone with the intellectual tools needed to better address the challenges of the future and prepare for the necessary actions. This combat in favour of future generations encompasses two subject areas: education and environment.
“Act for solidarity in communities”
Similarly to social inequalities, territorial inequalities also represent a major challenge at the start of this century. Under the Foundation’s new mandate, “territorial philanthropy” in favour of local communities is a priority, backed by a network of correspondents in the regional divisions, in overseas territories and Corsica, and in International Division offices. These philanthropy correspondents who are familiar with their territory, are able to escalate feedback on projects closely linked to the specific local needs. In the context of its governance system, the Foundation has set up Territorial Committees in charge of steering local projects efficiently, whether related to environmental protection, equal opportunities in education, fighting fuel poverty or access to energy on an international scale.
“Channel our energies”
Contributions by the EDF Group Foundation involve not just financial grants but also the active engagement of the entire staff of EDF Group. Personnel engagement is an essential driver for the Foundation. Participation in projects will rally and federate the staff, and builds pride of belonging to the company. Various engagement programmes are offered to ensure that each employee who so wishes can get involved in general interest projects according to their preference, availability and skills: volunteering (solidarity days, solidarity leaves, donating time) or donating working time in the context of skills volunteering programmes (see insert). Each year, the Foundation recognizes the engagement of EDF employees involved personally in volunteer initiatives by awarding financial grants to non-profit associations for their projects.