Since its creation in 2008, the Air Liquide Foundation has supported nearly 300 projects in 50 countries in the areas of Environment, Health and Local Development. Today, the Air Liquide Foundation has committed to another five years, raising its budget to €5m (€6.1m) for the period.
The foundation is expanding its scientific purpose for the 2018-2023 period to encompass improving air quality and scientific education.
Air Liquide explained in a statement, “Improving air quality, a scientific theme that is related to respiratory function and climate change, is a natural extension of environment protection, which is one of the foundation’s original areas of focus.”
“Accordingly, the Air Liquide Foundation board of directors will be joined by Dr. Sophie Szopa, who specialises in atmospheric chemistry at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement.”
It will also work to promote scientific education in its areas of expertise, noting scientific knowledge “is an essential factor in human development, particularly to young people”.
To support this development, the founders (Air Liquide SA and Air Liquide Santé International) have decided to endow the foundation with a budget of €5m (€6.1m) over five years. This will further enable the development of the foundation’s work throughout the world, particularly in North America where the Air Liquide Group has significantly increased its presence following the acquisition of Airgas in 2016.
Moreover, the Board of Directors has decided to renew the mandate of all its qualified external members: Mrs. Hynd Bouhia, Associate Professor, in charge of the Economy and Finance Department at the Rabat International University, Professor Pierre Carli, Head of Unit at Samu de Paris and Anesthesia / Intensive Care Unit, and Mrs. Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Professor of Strategy and Social Innovation at HEC-Paris Business School.
The Board of Directors of the Foundation is now composed of ten members, including six members of Air Liquide.