World leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, Imerys is also a committed local player.
Imerys actively supports many initiatives, thereby contributing to economic and social development of communities surrounding its industrial sites. Depending on the situation and needs, the Group operates in the areas of education, health, environment, culture and occasionally for humanitarian emergencies.
Imerys’ sponsorship strategy focuses on two main areas of commitment: education and photography.
In the field of education, Imerys specifically supports initiatives favoring the fight against illiteracy, the education of women and girls and the support to young adults to enhance their employability.
The Group Education Program also includes the reinforcement of basic skills learning to promote the employability of Imerys lower skilled employees. Local, internal and external initiatives show Imerys commitment and that of its employees in favor of education. In many cases we are either partners of or we initiate numerous actions to support the integration of young generations in the workforce and promote employment access to destitutes.
In India, China, Brazil, South Africa, as well as Europe and the United States, in all the countries where it is located, Imerys directly deploys or together with local partners, literacy and counting classes, is involved in school construction and renovation, provides material support, as well as school and sanitary supplies. In 2014, Imerys created the Dan Germiquet Fund in partnership with the Germiquet family and the National School of Geology in Nancy (ENSG), France, to help talented students in financial insecurity to pursue their studies in geosciences.
Furthermore, our employees in the Paris region have the opportunity to enlist with the Alliance for Education or Telemaque Institute to provide support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds or at risk of dropping out.
Through its support to photography, Imerys wishes to express its social responsibility and promote access to culture and diversity.
Whether professional photographers depicting the history of minerals or amateur photographers immortalizing the Group social initiatives, minerals, men who transform them and their environment are an endless source of inspiration. Photographic competitions are organized to promote various initiatives done with the sites’ local communities, as in Brazil with the project Expedição Imerys.
Imerys will use the opportunity of its partnership concluded with the RMN-Grand Palais (Paris) on their photographic exhibitions, starting from 2016, to inspire and mobilize internal and external creative forces on topics related to education in particular.
As part of its cultural partnerships, Imerys has also been supporting the musical ensemble Les Arts Florissants since 2003, thus providing its contacts, employees and students a privileged access to baroque music.
The Group's employees are actively involved and participate in the various initiatives benefiting surrounding communities.
Acting with a responsible approach is preparing for the future.