Created in May 2004, the Veolia Foundation's purpose is to supports non-profit, community-oriented projects in France and around the world to prevent exclusion and promote environmental conservation. The foundation also supplies emergency aid in the wake of natural disasters.Since its creation, the foundation has provided funding for over 1,350 projects, half of them outside France, and has conducted more than 150 expertise missions in 50 countries.
The foundation provides emergency aid to ensure access to drinking water along with energy and waste management in response to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. It also promotes development projects for these vital services, which are part of Veolia's core expertise.
The foundation supports major international programs focused on restoring and protecting the planet's remarkable ecosystems.
It also participates in many awareness-raising and communication projects to encourage behavior patterns more in tune with the environment.
The foundation is unique in that every project it supports is accompanied by a sponsor who is a company employee, and because it provides the expertise of employee volunteers, through Veoliaforce, to emergency and development missions.
The Veolia Foundation makes Veolia's expertise and know-how available to the international humanitarian organizations that enlist its assistance in responding to natural disasters and promoting lasting improvements in the living conditions of the most disadvantaged people. It has established partnerships with a number of bodies, including the French Red Cross, UNICEF and UNHCR, Médecins sans Fontières (MSF - Doctors Without Borders).
The Veoliaforce action team has 600 volunteers who are nationals of a score of countries and represent all of Veolia's core businesses (Water, Energy and Waste Management). It dispatches its experts and equipment to provide emergency humanitarian aid and restore safe sanitary conditions in response to natural disasters. Veoliaforce also contributes to development projects for essential services supported by the foundation around the world.
In June 2014, the humanitarian context suddenly deteriorated in northern Iraq (Autonomous Region of Kurdistan) due to a rise in power of the terrorist "Islamic State" group. The population fled the combat zones in droves over the summer. To address needs, France set up an air bridge in August delivering around 90 tons of relief supplies for the storage and distribution of drinking water of which 12.5 tons were provided by the Veolia Foundation. Onsite, the equipment was recovered by the French Red Cross, historical partner of the Foundation in humanitarian emergencies, present in Kurdistan to help the refugees. Since the end of the summer, several Veolia Foundation volunteers have succeeded each other to assist the Red Cross teams onsite in assembling and installing the equipment sent. This equipment will supply drinking water to 50,000 people.
In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) caused widespread destruction in the center of the archipelago in November 2013, affecting some 10 million people. Veoliaforce teamed up with the NGO Solidarités Internationales in the area of Tacloban which was, the first coastal hit by typhoon. Two mobile Aquaforce 500 units and a distribution system (booms and bladders) were installed on the university campus, which was turned into a temporary refugee center for a thousand people left homeless by the disaster. Tanker trucks were used to supply water to 3,000 people in the surrounding area and to the local hospital. At the request of UNICEF, volunteers also assessed the damage done by the typhoon to water treatment plants and pipes in 25 communities in and around Tacloban to prepare necessary reconstruction work.