VINCI and its employees are committed to their communities in France and beyond
The Fondation VINCI pour la Cité remains loyal to its aim to provide opportunities for all employees to become personally involved, with the Group’s support, in community work. These sponsorships enable women and men working for VINCI to extend their dedication to their everyday jobs and companies into initiatives that foster solidarity around them.
The developments in 2015 confirmed that this individual and collective dedication is as vigorous as ever: the Foundation supported 134 projects in France, though 199 sponsors, with €2.14 million in total. Following a call for social housing initiatives, it provided €500,000 for 27 projects. The Foundation also pushed ahead with its Cité Solidaire programme, which supports small non-profits in disadvantaged neighbourhoods hand in hand with VINCI companies and employees working in the areas. This programme grew into the cities of Perpignan and Aulnay sous Bois in mainland France, and Le Port on Reunion Island, taking to 20 the number of places assisted in six years.
The momentum that the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité has been building over the past 14 years in France is spreading into other countries, where VINCI employees have also been working on similar programs for several years now, in tandem with the Group’s international development. VINCI’s network of foundations around the world grew to encompass two new ones, in Spain and the United Kingdom, increasing the total to 11 in 2015. This network should continue to expand over coming years, to enable a growing number of employees to become involved, with their companies’ support.
Lastly, the Foundation started working with incubators for innovative social projects including Antropia, at French business school ESSEC, in 2015. Through this partnership, seven VINCI sponsors have teamed up in a club to coach social entrepreneurs in a variety of fields (HR, finance, IT, marketing, etc.). The Foundation also supported student initiatives such as Enactus, which accompanies hundreds of students creating social startups alongside professionals and faculty members every year.
With its network of partner non-profits in France and beyond, the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité will continue to encourage Group employees, sponsors and future sponsors, to take their commitment to their communities ever further by supporting those who strive day after day to build social bonds and spread inclusion.
Chairman of the Fondation d’entreprise VINCI pour la Cité
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, VINCI
Key Figures for 2015
In the aim of increasing civic engagement within the Group, the VINCI Foundation has for several years been developing new forms of sponsorship in partnership with diverse structures such as Antropia (ESSEC’s social incubator), ENISE and ESTP (the Group’s partner schools of engineering) and even the Coaching Team (an integration pathway for young hires at VINCI Construction France).
In April 2015, the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité issued its first call for projects on the topic of integration through housing. More than 150 associations responded to the theme of ‘furthering access to or staying in housing through household support’. In all, €500,000 were granted to 27 associations supported by 39 VINCI Group employees acting as sponsors.
Since 2012, the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité has, along with the State, been the main partner in Emmaüs Défi’s Convergence experiment. The review, conducted in 2015 after three years of activity, shows the relevance of this scheme devoted to integrating people in situations of extreme exclusion. For this reason, the Foundation has renewed its commitment for three more years to consolidate the approach and ensure that it becomes long-lasting, and increased the number of VINCI enterprises involved in training and hiring people following integration pathways.
The Cité Solidaire programme supports associations that act in the heart of difficult areas identified at city policy level. In 2015, it was rolled out in priority neighbourhoods in Le Port (Reunion Island), Perpignan (66) and Aulnay-sous-Bois (93). With the support of 51 sponsors, €282,000 were allocated to 31 new projects.
In 2015, the network of VINCI Foundations around the world grew with the creation of two new entities, one in Spain and one in the United Kingdom. This network of eleven structures can adapt to diverse local contexts and anchor civic engagement at the most local levels.
To complete its actions fighting extreme exclusion, the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité is working alongside Enactus to train students in social entrepreneurship and help them develop their projects during the 2015-2016 school year. Seven teams of students have received VINCI awards and start-up funds ranging from €500 to €1,000. They will also receive coaching from the Foundation in 2016.
Action Basket Citoyen Association
Arts et Développement Association
Epi Centre Association
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - Aurec sur Loire
Cyril Arsac is head of operations with Sogea Rhône-Alpes (VINCI Construction). Born into a family of farmers, he knows the ‘value of working the land’. In 2014, he decided he wanted ‘a strong human experience’ by sponsoring the association Au Fil de l’Eau, a farm where market gardening rhymes with re-integration.
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes - Lyon
Without Aslim (Action Soutien Logement Insertion Meublé), those forgotten by society wouldn’t have a roof over their heads. Nicolas Decortes, enterprise head with VINCI Energies, met Aslim when he wanted to sponsor an association ‘to donate [his] time to solidarity action’.
Normandie - Le Havre
‘Personal development and professional evolution’ is Fodeno’s leitmotiv. Involved in the training sector, the association also prepares vulnerable people to drive automobiles. Concerned by the issues of mobility and return to employment, Sylvain Gognet and Nicolas Bouley set out together on the road as co-sponsors.