Sustainable development

Fondation d'entreprise VINCI pour la Cité

The Fondation VINCI forms a link between a global player in construction and concessions and the non-profit sector. The foundation was set up in 2002 to support projects with a social vocation. To do so, it helps community organisations in the regions where it operates, so that it can rely on the long-term engagement and professionalism of Group employees. In the space of 12 years, 1,423 projects have been supported with the help of more than 1,800 sponsors, for a total budget of close to €23 million.

Access to employment
The Fondation d'entreprise VINCI pour la Cité encourages initiatives that help the long-term unemployed find work. Such initiatives provide training and qualifications, or give them the means to be mobile, which is vital for finding and keeping a job.

Build better communities
Many non-profits have been working for years to build real social cohesion. The Fondation VINCI pour la Cité helps in particular those that aim to raise young people’s awareness of citizenship, to socially reintegrate the most isolated people and to provide the poorest with access to housing.

Human and financial support
The Fondation VINCI pour la Cité provides a framework for employees to volunteer their expertise for the different projects selected, in a human partnership that is part of a long-term approach. The projects also receive funding for investment purposes.

Encourage social innovation
Social integration enterprises and workshops, mobility services, neighbourhood development committees, community restaurants or cafés – the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité is interested in all innovative social projects. Each project is regularly monitored and assessed. The aim is to measure the overall impact of the help provided by the foundation so as to make improvements to the ways in which it supports people involved in community initiatives.

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Si-T-Libre (Midi Pyrénées region, Toulouse)
The Bourbaki Vie non-profit, which was renamed Si-T-Libre in 2005, was set up 26 years ago by residents of the Cité des Minimes housing estate in the north of Toulouse who wanted to take in hand the estate’s adolescents. There are now 13 employees and 63 volunteers providing a variety of activities: contact with administrative authorities, afterschool workshops, drama, writing, prevention, and neighbourhood events such as a carnival, music festival, street sports, community meals and neighbourhood parties. The goals are to involve residents in their neighbourhood, strengthen relations between the different generations and to open up new horizons. The organisation reaches up to 1,800 people. In 2013, Si-T-Libre launched a programme for elderly people to combat the risk of them losing their bearings due to works being undertaken to renovate the neighbourhood. With the support of the foundation and three VINCI employee sponsors, the non-profit organised several leisure and cultural activities: creation of vegetable patches, a balcony in bloom competition, outings to the seaside or regional markets by minibus, and breakfasts. The project was funded as part of the Solidarity in the Community programme set up by the Fondation VINCI in 2010 to support the projects of small organisations working to strengthen social ties in the heart of deprived neighbourhoods.

Network of sister foundations
Solidarity actions have to be undertaken at the grassroots level, so the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité helps create sister foundations that each support the same types of initiative. There are now nine sister foundations: Fondation VINCI pour la Cité,Sillon Solidaire (France), Nadace VINCI (Czech Republic), VINCI Stiftung (Germany), Syndesmos VINCI (Greece), Fonds VINCI (Belgium), Nadacia GRANVIA (Slovakia), Isle of Wight Foundation (UK) and VINCI Foundation NL (Netherlands).