The Fondation SUEZ

The Fondation SUEZ supports projects providing the most vulnerable with better access to essential services in emerging and developing countries. In France, the Fondation focuses on social integration and cohesion.

David Lamy-Group Senior VP Sustainable Development and Health & Safety / Director of the Fondation SUEZ

Our Areas of Action

Improving the living conditions of populations through access to essential services and social integration and social cohesion.

The Fondation SUEZ supports decisive actions in developing countries to develop access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for underprivileged populations, as well as in France in promoting social cohesion through education, culture and sport, and supporting the integration of vulnerable populations via training and employment. Its actions contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Following every project with our partners and stakeholders


AgroParisTech SUEZ Water for All Chair, a world-class Chair



With ACF, support the fight against COVID-19 in Senegal



ARES, Ares +: helping to increase the impact of the social inclusion stakeholders



Improve access to adequate and sustainable health services for vulnerable populations in Eastern Samar


Collaborative and committed governance

The management board is chaired by Bertrand Camus, CEO of SUEZ. It defines the strategy, adopts the budget and sets the schedule. 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 thirteen members, representing us at Suez, which contributes to the Fonds SUEZ Initiatives, plus a number of independent members, elected for three years.

The Fondation community: 500 employees in action for the projects' assessment and follow-up
A committed long term partner alongside the associations and the NGO
A constructive approach with the board of directors
Submiting a project

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 programs.
Calls for projects
Requests for funding can be received at any time. Projects received before October 30th will be pre-assessed before being submitted to the April-May board meeting. Projects received before April 30th will be presented to the November board meeting, depending on the progress of the selection process.
Pre-selection by the Fondation
The Fondation team pre-selects the projects that will be then be assessed by the experts, on a skills sponsorship basis and according to the eligibility criteria of the projects. The criteria applies 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 employees on a voluntary basis
Each project is sent to three or four expert employees who volunteer their time to assess 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 final decision
The projects are submitted to the board of directors, which votes on the donation of funds and skills to fund the project.

Eligibility criteria

SUEZ – Institut de France award

A rewarding innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions system

The SUEZ - Institut de France award supports projects and innovations contributing 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

The SUEZ - Institut de France award is given out every two years.

Zoom on the 2018 winners:

  • The Moroccan association Dar Si Hmad in the Access to Essential Services category. Its project uses the new technology of "CloudFishers©" which collects fog water, stores it and then filters it to supply arid hamlets located outside the drinking water system, in the Moroccan High Atlas.
  • The duo of Franco-Ivorian start-ups COLIBA and C+PROPRE in the Social Entrepreneurship category. They offer a solution for waste pre-collection, sorting and recovery in Abidjan, integrating the informal sector.

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