A commitment towards local communities
Established in November 2007, the Alstom Foundation supports and funds projects which serve to improve living conditions in, and economic prospects of, communities located near Alstom’s facilities and sites around the world. All projects are conceived, presented and supported by Alstom employees who team up with expert partners and look to the Alstom Foundation to make a positive impact on the local environment. All projects are conducted in strong partnership with local or global NGOs with a proven ability to implement the projects on the ground.
Objectives and roles
The Foundation seeks to:
- share Alstom’s success and expertise
- encourage, recognise and highlight Alstom employees’ citizenship and engagement
- position Alstom with respect to local communities and give back to those impacted by our presence
The projects supported by the Alstom Foundation must meet local needs and be developed in close cooperation with local bodies.
Alstom is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and commits to human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption to ensure its activities benefit economies and societies everywhere. The Alstom Foundation is also bound by this commitment.
The Alstom Foundation focuses on 4 key areas:
- Economic and social development
- Environmental protection
- Access to mobility
- Access to energy and water
There are many different facets to economic and social development, amongst which are: creation of sustainable industries and jobs, training and skills development, health and hygiene improvement, appropriate waste management or access to healthy food sources. The Alstom Foundation has supported initiatives in all these areas whilst also preserving the cultural heritage and natural environment of partner communities. In 2018, it was decided to focus the economic and social development axis to two distinct categories:
- Skills development and employability (especially for disadvantaged youth and women)
- Support for disadvantaged children (especially street children and orphans)
The Alstom Foundation supports projects designed to enhance environmental awareness, protect natural habitats and build resilience to natural disasters. This ambition goes hand in hand with Alstom’s commitment towards protecting the environment.
Access to mobility
The Alstom Foundation seeks to encourage the economic development of communities by facilitating the movement of both people and goods such that remote and disadvantaged communities may take advantage of local markets, education, health and other facilities.
Access to energy and water
17% of the world’s population has no access to electricity, 9% has no access to sanitation. The Alstom Foundation aims at making a contribution in these domains, helping remote communities to raise their living standards through access to these fundamental facilities.