ENGIE partner of Global Convergence Forum

Convergences 2015 is the first platform for thought in Europe that aims at building new convergences between public, private and solidarity-based actors. Launched in 2008, the network gathers more than 200 partners to reflect on the challenges of cross-sector partnerships, international cooperation, microfinance, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Its goals are to promote the Millennium Development Goals and alleviate poverty and privation in developed and developing countries.

 

Emmaüs France

Emmaüs France is an association created under the French 1901 charities law. Its mission is to develop innovative solutions to curb the various forms of social exclusion through its efforts in its 280 locations. Today, more than 15,000 employees, volunteers and friends lend their time and effort to the Emmaüs Movement. For over 60 years, the Movement has based its efforts on the following distinct and unifying values:

  • Welcome everyone without exception
  • Recognize each person’s dignity and identity
  • Take action to promote social solidarity
  • Raise awareness through communication and action

 

Since 2007, ENGIE and Emmaüs France have worked together on projects that combat social exclusion. A third framework agreement was recently signed for the 2013-2015 period, which focuses on supporting the efforts of Emmaüs in the fight against energy poverty and the economic development of its charity sales activities. ENGIE has notably committed to performing energy analyses, funding energy performance work for Emmaüs groups and leading awareness and information campaigns on energy savings. The partnership also involves the donation of various office equipment and vehicles.

 

 

Union Nationale des Centres Communaux d’Action Sociale (UNCCAS)

The UNCCAS supports social community centers (CCAS/CIAS) that provide assistance to people in need, notably by supporting their efforts to find employment or social integration. The UNCCAS provides ideas, offers a prospective and strategic approach and serves as an important technical and practical tool for those involved in the field. It takes part in most national debates to promote better policy in terms of social action.

To improve response times and accuracy in the treatment of requests from customers in need, ENGIE developed a partnership with the Union Nationale des Centres Communaux d’Action Sociale (UNCCAS) in July 2009. ENGIE provides community centers with detailed information on the eligibility terms for its special solidarity gas rate and supports their efforts to raise awareness on limiting energy consumption and energy safety among those in need.

 

 

 
Observatoire National de la Précarité Energétique

Created in March 2011 by the French Ministries of Ecology, Energy and Housing, the Observatoire National de la Précarité Energétique is run by ADEME and pursues two key missions:

  • Ensure monitoring of public and private assistance given to needy households to cover unpaid energy costs
  • Identify the causes, factors and effects of energy poverty

 

ENGIE takes part in various conferences and provides the organization with data for a study designed to improve understanding on the factors at work in energy poverty.

Since December 2009, ENGIE has also operated its own internal ENGIE Energy and Water Scarcity Observatory. The goal of this body is to study, measure and understand the mechanisms of energy and water poverty in order to take action in all countries where ENGIE operates. In November 2012, the Observatory organized its third “Scarcities Conference” in Brussels, gathering nearly 150 participants involved in these topics at the international level. The Group’s goal is to highlight local initiatives and promote the best practices of the different organizations involved in these efforts.

 

 

 

Convergences 2015

Convergences 2015 is the first platform for thought in Europe that aims at building new convergences between public, private and solidarity-based actors. Launched in 2008, the network gathers more than 200 partners to reflect on the challenges of cross-sector partnerships, international cooperation, microfinance, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Its goals are to promote the Millennium Development Goals and alleviate poverty and privation in developed and developing countries.