Drawing on its 4900 employees in offices in more than 30 countries and on its ability to innovate, the Artelia group contributes to social and economic development in the regions in which it operates.
Through the Artelia Foundation, the Group encourages skills-based volunteering by placing its greatest asset – the expertise of the men and women it employs – at the disposal of a number of civic and humanitarian causes.
The Artelia Foundation, a philanthropic organisation created in 2006, bases its assignments on an original form of skills-based sponsorship.
In the past eleven years, more than 240 employees and retirees have thus given of their expertise and their most precious possession – time – to help 70 associations and NGOs performing projects in 24 countries.
Other forms of support, such as financial patronage, the sponsoring of young people and fundraising by participating in sporting events, have gradually broadened the Foundation’s scope of action, thanks to the efforts of several hundred employees.
The first volunteers travelled to Africa and Asia to provide technical support on water resource management projects. Thus began the Foundation’s partnerships with organisations such as Kynarou, Amitiés Isère-Dagaba, Secours Catholique and Des jeunes pour la terre.
Its activities soon spread to Artelia’s other fields of activity, particularly building construction, with assignments in France for associations including Simon de Cyrène, Lazare, les Papillons Blancs de Paris, Interval and Point vert.
The Foundation selects projects requiring genuine technical assistance and covers the travel and living expenses of its volunteers during their assignments.
Mentoring and sponsorship
Training actions have also been developed in parallel. Over the years, dozens of employees have travelled to Phnom Penh to pass on their knowledge to students supported by Enfants du Mékong. For staff members who are unable to commit themselves to this type of assignment, the Foundation has recently set up partnerships with French associations such as Proxité, Nos quartiers ont des talents and Job dans la ville, which help young people in disadvantaged areas to find employment. Some fifty employees are now involved in mentoring and sponsorship in this way.
More recently, another programme was set up thanks to participation from the many sportsmen and women who work at Artelia. Over the course of the year, they run to raise funds for an association in the context of various official events. The budget is then divided up according to the number of kilometres completed and the corresponding donations are allocated to the beneficiaries.
Each year more than 210 employees from some thirty Artelia entities all over the world clock up a total of more than 10,328km by taking part in official events.
A culture of building partnerships and reaching out to civil society
As an active member of SYNTEC Ingénierie, the French federation of engineering firms, Artelia is involved alongside 400 other companies in stimulating this job- and value-creating sector, to bring new ideas to fruition and design the world of tomorrow.
Tying in with this open, partnership-based approach, Artelia experts are constantly involved in collaborative research projects aiming to invent innovative solutions and improve our quality of life, in areas such as connected infrastructure, smart buildings, the industry of the future and sustainable cities.
Artelia also contributes to local community life In France, thanks to its xx branch offices spread across the country. In the Seine Amont urban district (SE of Paris), for example, which includes the Group’s Patio Seine headquarters in Choisy-le-Roi, Artelia is actively involved in a ‘Water, Environment and Soil’ cluster examining micropollutants, Seine river bank development and ways to build partnerships between local authorities and businesses.
Last but not least, the responsible purchasing policy pursued by the Group is encouraging increased use of social enterprises for the procurement of certain services (e.g. copying and printing), which is a practical means of supporting the employment of people with disabilities.