The Imerys group and its businesses support numerous health, social, educational, environmental, humanitarian, cultural and sporting initiatives.
Contribution to the economic and social development of communities hosting Imerys plants
Imerys also works with communities living close to its sites to promote to their economic and social development. For more information.
Within this framework, the Group also supports Doctors of World, and more particularly the worldwide mother and child healthcare actions.
Promoting social entrepreneurship
Imerys is supporting an innovative, dynamic initiative run by the association TrottmyWorld to promote social entrepreneurship(1) worldwide.
Alban and Hugues, two students from ESCP Europe and ESSEC business schools, crossed four continents and around 15 countries(2) in a year. During their adventure they helped and advised local social initiatives along two lines:
- Immersion in three companies by investing €10,000 of their own money for the businesses’ development. The medium-term goal is to recover the investment in order to support other companies,
- One-day meetings with around 20 entrepreneurs.
Since their return in September 2013, the two students write a report on social entrepreneurship. They also look to this rich source of ideas for inspiration in creating their own business.
The project combines two major values for Imerys: entrepreneurship and the will to help improve local communities’ lives.
TrottmyWorld shared their experience with the Group’s employees by visiting several Imerys sites on their trek and at a conference held at Paris HQ when they returned.
As well as the social aspect of a project in line with Imerys’ values, Alban and Hugues used a fun, economical and environmentally-friendly means of transport that makes it easier to meet people – kick scooters.
(1) Helping social businesses to gain a lasting foothold on their market by making profits that benefit the community.
(2) Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia
Support for professional and social reintegration
Imerys supports the Fondation de la Deuxième Chance. This French charity’s purpose is to assist people aged from 18 to 60 who have encountered major difficulties in their lives and are in a very disadvantaged position, but show a genuine desire to get back on their feet and undertake a realistic and long-term professional plan, e.g. training leading to a qualification or the creation or purchase of a business.
The Group also supports the Astrée charity whose purpose is to restore social links in France and/or contribute to maintaining them through specific individual assistance.
Imerys, a leading patron of "Arts Florissants"
Since January 2003, Imerys has supported the vocal and instrumental ensemble "Les Arts Florissants" , in particular its work to rediscover operas by a number of composers: Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Opéra Comique in Paris in 2010), Lully’s Atys (Opéra Comique in Paris and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2011), Cavalli’s La Didone (Théâtre de Caen in 2011) and Haendel’s Jephtha (Salle Pleyel in Paris in 2011). This ensemble, led by Franco-American conductor William Christie, specialises in Baroque music.
Imerys promotes the international influence of "Les Arts Florissants" and particularly offers it support in countries where the Group operates. The concert organized in Beijing in November 2010 is a good example of this and was attended by 400 guests drawn from Imerys’s local customers and employees.
Humanitarian aid in Haiti
The Group and several of its subsidiaries decided to offer their help following the terrible earthquake in Haiti in 2010. In association with the Architectes de l’Urgence, foundation, Imerys helped rehabilitation the Fontaine healthcare center in Cité-Soleil, a shanty town on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. This healthcare center, which had been partially destroyed by the earthquake, particularly offers the following mother-and-baby services: family planning, pre and post-natal support, education for young mothers in feeding and hygiene of babies and infants. Work was completed in November 2011. Group employees invited to support the initiative also contributed.