ENGIE is involved in a number of initiatives with associations, foundations and universities. These partnerships enable the Group to put its values to work and offer support to local communities.
Partnerships with the academic world
In France, the Group has formed several partnerships with the academic world. These partnerships pursue a variety of objectives:
- Encouraging academic research in the fields of diversity and sustainable management.
- Providing scholarships to help young students continue their studies. In addition, scholarship students are often paired with Group employees who volunteer through the “Mentoring” Network set up in 2012.
These partnerships include:
- a partnership with Sciences-Po, in the framework of priority education agreements (CEP) and the Program for Research and Teaching on Gender Knowledge (PRESAGE),
- a partnership with the Diversity Management Chair at Paris-Dauphine, which gives Group managers the opportunity to receive diversity management training.
In Belgium, ENGIE has also formed partnerships with:
- the universities of Liège and Hasselt through the Diversity and CSR Management Chair, which provides funding to doctoral students working on CSR topics and promotes multi-company conferences and training,
- the ICHEC Brussels Management School, through the Sustainable Management and CSR Chair, which promotes skill development and sponsors programs for interns and doctoral students.
Partnerships with associations
The Group collaborates with the French Foundation for Action against Exclusion (FACE), which is chaired by Gérard Mestrallet and involves Group employees within its 35 local FACE structures in France and abroad. The Belgian structure, Be.Face, was launched in Brussels in January 2011, and the Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) branch opened in 2012 during the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit.
In addition, the Group also works to promote employment through Foundation for Promoting Employment (FAPE) and its partners (companies and trade unions). Over the past 17 years, employee contributions and corporate donations have helped FAPE:
- fund more than 2,200 projects,
- allocate €23 million in grants,
- create 12,000 jobs.
ENGIE also supports associations located abroad. The Group notably lent financial support to Un Techo para mi pais, an association that works to improve quality of life for needy families in Latin America. The funding helped build rainproof houses sturdy enough to bear heavy winds.