The EDF Foundation: pushing the boundaries
Since 1987, the EDF Foundation has supported public interest projects with the aim of instigating major change in our society. Today's society is faced with major challenges: social cohesion, living together in harmony, and the challenge of creating a better world together.
Thanks to its new mandate which began on January 1st, 2016, it became a foundation of the Group with the integration of Dalkia, EDF Energies Nouvelles and Enedis(1) alongside EDF.
The EDF Foundation has four founding members: EDF, Enedis(1), Dalkia, and EDF Energies Nouvelles
The EDF Foundation gives priority to solidarity and progress in its work and relies upon the group's employees, who are mobilized alongside project initiators.
Solidarity and progress: the priorities of the EDF Foundation
In the area of solidarity, the EDF Foundation promotes:
- Inclusion. The EDF Foundation works to reduce insecurity, exclusion and all forms of discrimination, while promoting education, the social integration of young people, and access to culture for all.
- Professional integration, through actions taken by the "Action for Employment" endowment fund (EDF FAPE), whose objective is to help to create jobs for people in difficulty (e.g. Supplementary Welfare Allowance (RSA) recipients, the long-term unemployed, disabled workers etc.).
- International solidarity to tackle the challenge of having no electricity access, a problem faced by a quarter of the global population. Thanks to the mobilization of the skills of EDF Group employees, solutions are found to ensure these people have access to necessities such as water, healthcare, education, and security.
Scientific and technological progress ultimately contribute towards human progress, which is why the EDF Foundation aims to support flagship projects across three areas:
- Access to knowledge to improve the understanding of technology and to promote active citizens; to promote science and innovation among young people and encourage scientific vocations.
- Medical research to improve quality of life and life expectancy for as many people as possible, through technical and therapeutic innovations. There will be a particular focus on projects developing therapeutic applications of electricity.
- Digital progress, using the digital revolution as a driver to achieve a resurgence of social cohesion.
Espace Fondation EDF
A place to meet and have discussions, the Espace Fondation EDF holds events (expositions, meetings, debates, hackathons) which reflect the changes in our society and explore tomorrow's issues.
Since 1990, more than a million visitors have been welcomed to the former electric substation, built in 1910 by the architect Paul Friesé. More info [in French]
Since 2010, the Association Awards have rewarded and highlighted the work of small and medium-sized associations who are doing remarkable things for young people. 32 winning associations each year share a total grant of €400,000 and are accompanied by a sponsor from the EDF group.. More info [in French]
Patronage supported by Group companies
In addition to the initiatives supported by the EDF Foundation, the Group’s subsidiaries are also involved in more local patronage:
- Electricité de Strasbourg is committed to promoting regional access to culture, environmental protection and humanitarian aid, all while encouraging employee involvement in local voluntary organisations.
- EDF Energy’s patronage policy takes shape in its “A better energy ambition” programme that promotes dialogue with stakeholders through employee involvement.
- Edison ssupports a number of projects connected to its industrial facilities in Italy and around the Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the environment and culture.
- EDF Polska, through its foundation, supports projects that promote solidarity and the environment with a strong regional focus.
(1) In France, Enedis, independent subsidiary, distributes electricity, which means it dispatches it to the final customers.