Cergy, 16 June 2015 – To mark the SPIE Group’s initial public offering, Chairman and Managing Director Gauthier Louette presented a donation to the international Electriciens Sans Frontières association, represented by its chairman, Hervé Gouyet.
This association of officially recognised public interest is an international solidarity-focused NGO that has, for 29 years, been helping people in areas without electricity or drinking water by providing them with sustainable access to efficient, affordable and environmentally-friendly power supplies.
In addition to making the customary IPO-launching donation, SPIE has been supporting Electriciens Sans Frontières for many years with regular donations in response to emergencies – such as the typhoon in the Philippines in 2013 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 – and by raising Group employees’ awareness of the association.
More recently, SPIE provided financial support for the action the association took in Nepal as from the very first days after it was struck by an earthquake. One of the Group’s subsidiaries, SPIE Oil & Gas Services, also supplied expertise by sending of its Nepalese employees, Lalit Hamal, to join a team of volunteers set up in Kathmandu. Action taken on site by Electriciens Sans Frontières included installing solar-powered streetlights and electricity generators, and distributing individual emergency lighting equipment and charging kits for small electrical appliances.
“This support for Electriciens Sans Frontières comes naturally to us, owing to the similarities in our skills, and it is perfectly in tune with our corporate social responsibility policy,” says Gilles Landry, SPIE’s sustainable development director. “We are very much aware, from our business experience, that it is absolutely essential to restore power grids for people in countries hit by catastrophes in order to revive their social and economic activity.”
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