The Fonds SUEZ initiatives
Our mission is to promote social inclusion. By supporting our partners, we promote access to essential services for disadvantaged populations in developing countries and we fight against social exclusion in France.
Myriam Bincaille-Delegate General of the Fonds SUEZ initiatives
Sustainably improving the living conditions and autonomy of populations through access to essential services and social integration
The Fonds SUEZ initiatives supports concrete actions to sustainably develop access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for underprivileged populations in developing countries, in addition to supporting the integration of the most vulnerable populations in France through education and employment. Their actions contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Supporting and following every project with our partners and all the stakeholders
Collaborative and committed governance
The management board is chaired by Jean-Louis Chaussade, President and Founder. It defines the strategy, adopts the budget and sets the schedule of activities. It selects the projects for the Fund’s support from a list of the projects pre-assessed by the Fonds and the evaluators.
It is composed of nine members, representing SUEZ, which contributes to the Fonds SUEZ initiatives, plus a number of independent members, elected for three years.
A four-stage selection process
Once received on the Fonds SUEZ initiatives homepage (see below), the projects are assessed and accepted using a four-step process. This process is based on assessments by the various instances and employees specialized in voluntary projects and skill-based sponsorship.
Requests for funding can be received at any time. Projects received before 30 October will be pre-assessed before being submitted to the April-May Board meeting, and projects received before 30 April will be presented to the November Board meeting, depending on the state of progress of the selection process.
The Fonds team pre-selects the projects that will be then assessed by the experts, on a skills sponsorship basis and according to the eligibility criteria of the projects. The criteria apply to the health and social impacts, technical relevance, the involvement of local players, sustainability and the future empowerment of the populations, the consistency with the local dynamics, the output dynamic.
Each project is sent to three or four expert employees who volunteer to take part in the assessment of the projects. Their assessment is made as objective as possible by applying well defined and shared criteria. Questions and comments are addressed to the association.
The projects are submitted to the Board of Directors, which votes on the donation of funds and skills to the project.
Rewarding innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions
The SUEZ initiatives - Institut de France award supports projects and innovations that contribute to the development of water, sanitation and waste management services for underprivileged populations in developing countries. There are two categories of awards: access to essential services and social entrepreneurship.
Our goal is to highlight innovative, effective and accessible projects that are already operational and to facilitate their distribution and replication.
Dominique PinAdministrator of the Fonds SUEZ initiatives
The SUEZ Initiatives - Institut de France award takes place every two years.
For the 2015/2016 edition,
the Access to essential services prize has been awarded to the Cajouvalor project in Rongead, in partnership with the Cefrepade in Burkina Faso
- the Social entrepreneurship prize has been awarded to the Technological Solidarity project for the reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment (D3E) in Cameroon
- and an exceptional Special prize was awarded to the "Interk'eau" project of Eau Vive in Niger for the implementation of an intercommunal structure.