Arkema has a number of sponsorship and philanthropic initiatives, and prioritizes social projects relating to education, the inclusion of young people, humanitarian issues and sustainability. Below are a few examples.
Since the launch of the Arkema/CGénial Foundation partnership in 2016, collaboration has continued to grow. Numerous initiatives took place in 2019, benefiting more than 800 young people. Many of our sites in France responded to the invitation to support projects inviting “teachers into the workplace”, and engineers and “technicians into the classrooms”. The former involves high-school teachers visiting our establishments. For the latter, our engineers and technicians volunteer to go into schools to talk about our products and career opportunities. This exciting initiative helps to strengthen our links with education and attracts students to our industry.
Students like these visits because they relate to real life. We want to get them interested by talking about jobs we offer that are well paid and rewarding, and might interest them when they’re a bit older.
Manager, Recruitment and HR Projects
Set up in 2016 to mark the Group’s tenth anniversary, the Arkema Fund for Education supports initiatives suggested by employees around the world who volunteer in educational and humanitarian projects. Around 40 projects have been supported since the fund was established. One example is Proxité, a nonprofit that helps to create links between young people from underprivileged areas and the world of work through educational projects. Arkema’s donation helps to fund scholarships for teenagers who live near our headquarters in Colombes. Mentors help the young people with their schoolwork by introducing them to their own professional environment.
In 2019, Arkema launched a partnership with Sport dans la Ville “Sport in the City”, the main nonprofit working on inclusion through sport in France. It supports disadvantaged communities and helps to build soccer pitches and basketball courts next to residential buildings. Above all, it helps young people with schooling and career options through sporting and activity programs. Out of the 6,500 young people supported so far, a thousand girls have benefited from the special “L dans la Ville” project, which gives girls access to the professional world through internships and visits to companies, ensuring they have the same chances of success as boys.