Air France-KLM supports several social, humanitarian and nature conservation projects:
Air France-KLM supports several social, humanitarian and nature conservation projects:
L’investissement dans d’autres projets sur la connaissance et la conservation de la biodiversité contribue également à comprendre le dilemme associé aux services écosystémiques comme à la production des biocarburants durables. Si certains types de biocarburants destinés au transport routier peuvent avoir un impact négatif sur la biodiversité, le groupe Air France - KLM veut garantir l’utilisation de carburants aéronautiques durables qui ont l’impact le plus faible sur l’approvisionnement en nourriture, la biodiversité et un impact positif sur le développement local.
Air France Corporate Foundation and Air France Humanitarian Aid Department
Air France works to help disadvantaged children through its Corporate Foundation. Since its establishment in 1992, the Foundation has facilitated the realization of 1,520 projects for children in difficulty and sick children, mostly sponsored by Air France employees. In 2019, the Foundation supported 63 projects across 32 countries to the benefit of 155,000 children.
In 2020, the Air France Foundation adapted its projects while pursuing its primary objective: supporting children. The long‑standing projects on the themes of education for sick, disabled and vulnerable children are being pursued and now include environmental issues. The Foundation finances educational projects contributing to fostering new kinds of behavior and increased understanding of climate issues, together with training and awareness‑raising projects on sustainable practices respecting natural resources.
In this particularly challenging year, the Air France Foundation also supported six projects directly linked to the social and health crisis while offering Air France employees the opportunity to get involved. In 2020, the Air France Foundation was active in 36 projects and 18 countries with 110,000 beneficiaries. The Friends of the Air France Foundation network mobilises more than 4,800 employees around different volunteer working, skills‑sharing and donation‑based initiatives.
The Air France Humanitarian Aid Department supported 27 NGOs helping children in need of medical care. In response to the 2020 health situation linked to Covid‑19, 157 tickets were issued for the transportation of medical teams and the repatriation of sick children. Furthermore, within this same context, free carriage of excess baggage was also offered to more than 19 NGOs for the transportation of medical and emergency equipment.
Acting for Life
For over 40 years, the airline has partnered with the Acting for Life NGO which operates in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Oceania, through economic and regional development programs, support for small livestock and arable farmers and vocational training and integration for the most disadvantaged populations. In France, Acting for Life is recognized as public utility. In 2020, it has supported 26 projects worldwide.
Air France is an information relay on the ravages of sex tourism on minors, through funding and on-board dissemination of the ECPAT International prevention campaign, on the company’s long-haul destinations. ECPAT and Air France had to make additional resources available to help local reception centers welcoming children sick with COVID in 2020.
Aviation Without Borders
Air France and KLM support the French Aviation Sans Frontières and the Dutch Aviation Without Borders. This emergency aid organization carries out air transport missions, transports cargo shipments with medical supplies to remote areas and arranges transport for sick children who are accompanied by Air France and KLM volunteers. In 2020, 400 sick and recovered children were carried on Air France flights and 4,500 packages of medicines and smaller medical equipment were shipped to 26 destinations by Air France.
Wings of Support
KLM and Wings of Support have an official cooperative agreement. The foundation started in 1998 and is an independent organisation run by KLM volunteers. The charity’s aim is to help children in countries KLM flies to by increasing access to education, shelter and healthcare. The foundation strives to involve local populations in its activities.
Transavia’s social partnerships
Twenty‑three years ago, Transavia created the Peter Pan Holiday Club. This initiative, supported by Transavia employees, organizes holidays for young people between the ages of 13 and 20 years who are unable to enjoy a “normal” holiday due to illness or difficult circumstances. Transavia also works closely with JINC, an organization that arranges activities for children from economically‑disadvantaged backgrounds. Transavia employees are invited and encouraged to actively participate in these initiatives during which children notably visit companies to gain valuable insight into the working world and its functioning, and become familiar with the concept of networking. These initiatives illustrate the Transavia conviction that “Everybody deserves to be seen” and contribute to a more inclusive society.
For several years, Transavia has supported the Louis Carlesimo association, enabling sick children to travel on its flights. Every year, between 50 and 80 children have the opportunity to travel to Lapland and meet Father Christmas on the outbound flight as part of a magical and unforgettable experience with the airline. In 2020, due to the public health crisis, this journey was not possible. However, Transavia donated Christmas gifts to children in the Villejuif and Bicêtre hospitals.
Transavia also supports the men and women combating diseases via its commitment to associations like Les Hôtesses de l’Air Contre le Cancer and Les Hommes de l’Air. In October 2020, Transavia operated a special flight in the colors of the Les Hôtesses de l’Air Contre le Cancer association while, in November 2020, this operation was repeated for the Les Hommes de l’Air association, the aim of these initiatives also being to raise customer awareness.
Lastly, Air France – KLM customers who are members of the Flying Blue loyalty program are offered the opportunity to donate their Miles to 18 NGOs selected by Air France and KLM. In 2020, 119 million Miles were donated to NGOs. Furthermore, in a one‑off campaign for medical staff realized during June 2020, 130 million Miles were donated to the Fédération Hospitalière de France (FHF), i.e. 2,463 beneficiaries, and 128 million Miles to Verpleegkundigen & Verzorgenden Nederland (V&VN), i.e. 2,000 beneficiaries.
Both Air France and KLM encourage employees’ initiatives in social projects and volunteering.
In 2020, the third Air France Citizenship Day took place involving 2,000 employees who volunteered to assist 66 associations in 12 French regions around six areas for action: supporting children in need, education‑training‑employment, disability and health, combating insecurity, the environment and intergenerational solidarity. Despite the public health crisis, one third of the actions went ahead as planned.
In 2020, after several years of organising employee events on KLM premises, it was time for a change. KLM is keenly aware of the important role it plays in society and the environment. KLM thus completely transformed the annual employee event, renaming it the KLM Blue Heart Event. During the Blue Heart Days, held in February, KLM employees could volunteer to take part in a sustainability project for a half-day during working hours. The choice of projects was broad, ranging from removing plastic waste from canals to helping manage the North Holland dune reserve.
Within the “Friends of Air France Foundation”, more than 4,000 employees are involved in various voluntary, children-focused projects. Their involvement can take different forms, from volunteer work to skill-sharing or donations.
The Wings of Support foundation supports local projects in KLM destinations. Both KLM flight crew and ground staff are actively involved in the work of the foundation. In 2020, the foundation supported more than 100 projects in 17 different countries.
As of the onset of the crisis, across all the divisions and professions, and at all levels of the business, multiple personal and collective solidarity initiatives have taken place in support of medical staff and/or individuals affected by the virus and its economic consequencies. Several thousand comfort and well‑being articles initially intended for customers were donated in over twenty hospitals across France and the Netherlands: in total, more than 17,000 amenity bags and thousands of sleeping masks and ear plugs were donated to intensive care patients and nursing staff, along with 20,000 kits containing basic items and audit headsets originally intended for inflight entertainment. Numerous food items normally offered to customers and unused given the collapse in activity were donated to charitable associations like L’Agence du Don en Nature, Les Restaurants du Coeur, Le Samu Social, Les OEuvres de la Mie de Pain and the Food Bank. Six thousand five hundred meal boxes for customers in the event of service disruption (substantial delay, cancellation, etc.) were distributed to Restos du Coeur, thus avoiding food wastage.