Since 2007, Alstom Foundation supports NGO projects that improve the living conditions of communities in environmentally friendly and sustainable ways. 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. This year, sixteen out of 63 projects submitted were selected by the Alstom Foundation Board. Six of these projects are from Latin America, as part of initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
As in previous years, the Alstom employees proposed the projects and were particularly sensitive to the needs of disadvantaged communities, focusing on improved access to water and electricity, better education, raising awareness about environmental best practices, and improving impoverished living environments. 11 of these 16 projects fall under the "social support" category, two in "economic development", two in "environmental education and awareness" and one in "nature preservation". Latin America submitted 29 of the 63 proposed projects, while 17 came from Asia-Pacific and 11 from Africa and the Middle East.
Among the 30 countries where the Foundation has supported projects, India (with six projects), Brazil (four), Mexico (four), China (three) and Indonesia (three) have participated in the most. Two projects have been undertaken in each Argentina, Chile, the Philippines and South Africa. Malaysia has been supporting a coral reef protection awareness campaign since 2008.
See below the projects selected in Latin America this year:
- Eco-schools in Argentina to improve hygiene and provide water purification systems to six schools in disadvantaged communities in Chubut Province;
- A green school to teach the basics of environmental protection to more than 220 children with disabilities in Quillanue, a suburb of Santiago, Chile;
- Training and support for sustainable agro-pastoral practices for Pasto farmers in south-western Colombia (Narino Province);
- A children's centre (school, ecological farming and water management) for 720 families in an impoverished area of Juan Valer Sandoval, Peru;
- Creation of a centre for environmental conservation to support education, promote eco-tourism and protect rare ambystoma salamanders in the Brockmann and Victoria reservoirs in El Oro, in the State of Mexico, Mexico;
- In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, the Foundation will continue to support the reforestation of the Atlantic Forest in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, in Brazil.
Environmental protection and sustainable development lie at the heart of Alstom's activities.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12
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