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The Fondation SUEZ

Myriam Bincaille-Delegate General of 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-Managing Director of the Fondation SUEZ

Our fields of action

Sustainably improving the living conditions and autonomy of populations through access to essential services and social integration

The Fondation SUEZ 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

Fonds SUEZ initiatives-ACF in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Developing access to water and wastewater treatment

Fonds SUEZ initiatives well in nigerian desert


Contributing to the development of villages by building wells

Fonds SUEZ initiatives-GRET-waste management services-Congo, Brazzaville

Congo Brazzaville

Improving access to waste management services 

Fonds SUEZ initiatives Promo Femmes


Accompanying women of foreign origin, on a social, cultural and professional level


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 Fondation’s support from a list of the projects pre-assessed by the Fondation and the evaluators.

It is composed of nine members, representing SUEZ, which contributes to the Fondation SUEZ, plus a number of independent members, elected for three years.

The Fondation community: 200 employees in action for the projects' assessment and follow-up
A committed long term partner alongside the associations and the ONG
A co-constructive approach
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A four-stage selection process

Once received on the Fondation SUEZ 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.

Calls for projects

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.

Pre-selection by the Fondation

The Fondation 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.

Assessment by voluntary employees

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.

Final decision

The projects are submitted to the Board of Directors, which votes on the donation of funds and skills to the project.

Eligibility criteria

The SUEZ – Institut de France award

Rewarding innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions

The SUEZ - 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.

Dominique Pin
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 Fondation SUEZ

The SUEZ - Institut de France award takes place every two years.

The call for projects of the new edition is from September 15th 2017 to January 15th 2018.

    The 2015/2016 winners:
  • 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.

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