Created in 1992, the Air France Foundation supports programs helping children and young people who are sick, disabled, or highly vulnerable, inFrance and countries where Air France operates.
Air France’s commitment to vulnerable children is channeled through its Corporate Foundation, which in 2010 was involved in 100 projects in 36 countries.
One of the key interests of the Air France Foundation ever since its inception has been the situation of street children. In late 2010, the Foundation and Samu Social Senegal, a charity, inaugurated the new Samu Social Senegal center in the capital, Dakar.
Company staff are regularly mobilized to promote programs supported by the Group. The network of Friends of the Air France Foundation, for example, can mobilize over 2,100 staff for a range of volunteer, research and fund-raising initiatives. In 2010, they took part in over 20 volunteer initiatives by donating some of their free time to extra-curricular activities, awareness raising campaigns on the importance of giving blood, and fund-raising activities.
At that time, the Board of Directors consulted the personnel to determine the course they wanted to set for the future Corporate Foundation.
The majority of the staff chose the theme of children in difficulty.
Today, the Foundation is financed by Air France and by Servair, one of its subsidiaries.
Since August 2003, it has also been possible for the Company´s staff to contribute financially to the work of the Foundation under a French law of 1 August 2003, bearing on philanthropy, charitable organizations and Foundations.