Alstom Corporate Foundation for the Environment
The Alstom Foundation supports NGO projects that improve the living conditions of communities in environmentally friendly and sustainable ways. Discover our actions, partners and the communities and ecosystems we are helping throughout the world.
Because Alstom is a global supplier in clean power generation, transmission and sustainable rail transport solutions, its employees have long been involved in improved living conditions in the communities surrounding its sites around the world. The Alstom Foundation is the concrete expression of that involvement. Since 2007, the Alstom Foundation has championed humanitarian initiatives espoused by its employees that deal with:
- Economic development of local communities mindful of the environment
- Environmental education and awareness
- Social support
- Nature preservation
Environmental protection and sustainable development lie at the heart of Alstom’s activities. The Foundation can therefore draw upon the expertise of Alstom engineers, general workforce and technology to address the most pressing issues of the day.
The Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation supports the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low- to moderate-income people in communities where Citi operates. It works collaboratively with a range of partners to design and test financial inclusion innovations with potential to achieve scale and support leadership and knowledge building activities. Through a “More than Philanthropy” approach, the Foundation puts the strength of Citi’s business resources and people to work to enhance our philanthropic investments and help improve communities.
The Citi Foundation utilises a results-oriented measurement framework that informs the way they assess the impact of the programs they fund. Every grant is carefully tracked to identify ways to ensure success and understand what works and why. This framework helps Citi define more clearly the results they seek in each of their core focus areas, which include:
Financial Capability and Asset Building – Increases in the number of low- to moderate-income adults and/or youth who adopt positive financial behaviours and accumulate and preserve financial assets.
Microfinance – Increases in the supply and use of financial products, supplied by microfinance institutions, that improve and accelerate the financial inclusion of low- to moderate-income individuals.
Enterprise Development – Increases in the number of micro or small enterprises that provide new income generation and/or employment opportunities for low- to moderate-income individuals.
College Success (in the U.S.) – Increases in the number of low- to moderate-income secondary school students who are meeting the academic, financial and social milestones to enrol in and complete postsecondary education.
Youth Education and Livelihoods (outside the U.S.) – Increases in the number of low-income youth, ages 13-25, who complete secondary school, become employed, start their own income-generating business or obtain postsecondary education or training.
Neighborhood Revitalization (in the U.S.) – Increases in the number of small businesses, affordable housing units or community facilities that contribute to the economic and/or environmental sustainability of low- to moderate-income communities.
Disaster Response – Supporting preparedness, immediate response, and rebuilding efforts, that all contribute to the long-term economic recovery of communities.
EEP Southern and East Africa
The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) is a programme which promotes renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and clean technology investments. The programme started about 6 years ago in Central America before its implementation in South-East Asia and Africa. The EEP Programme in Southern and East Africa is jointly funded by the Governments of Finland, Austria and recently joined by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). EEP implementation in southern and eastern Africa started in March 2010.
The EEP Programme supports projects which aim to provide sustainable energy services to the poor and combate the climate change. To qualify for EEP support projects should also demonstrate high innovation in delivering energy services, facilitating technology transfer, encouraging cooperation and local stakeholders’ participation in projects
EEP provides seed financing to cover part of the project costs which are necessary to start and develop a business (such as pilot and demonstration activities) or which can create something in value so that it is worthy of investment (such as pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility studies). Funding at this stage helps the businesses to sustain themselves for a period of development until they reach a state when they are able to secure investment to continue funding themselves.
The main beneficiaries of the EEP Programme are the private and public sector and civil society at different local, regional and/or international levels. Currently EEP is supporting 52 projects in 8 countries namely Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Recently, the EEP programme was expanded to Seychelles and more projects will be identified and supported for this country as well.