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Paris, France, 2011/06/23 - Today, in the presence of a number of personalities from civil society, the not-for-profit sector and social entrepreneurs, GDF SUEZ disclosed details on its program "GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies". FR0010 208488
This initiative is dedicated to offering the industrial performance of GDF SUEZ to sustainable energy access to all. On this occasion, a report was made on the situation regarding energy access needs in Europe and around the world, along with personal accounts from social entrepreneurs in the field, and a presentation of this ambitious and dynamic program launched by the Group.
Throughout "GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies", the Group is aiming at promoting the economic and social development of isolated regions and at reducing energy insecurity in Europe and worldwide. This program is organized around 3 potential initiatives: skills sponsorship, donation and investments that can be implemented either separately or in a combined way.
The creation of an investment program completes the achievements of the corporate foundation and of the employee associations that have enabled energy access to over 1 million people over the past ten years.
The fund that will be endowed with 100 million Euros by 2012, will invest, through an investment fund aimed at promoting solidarity efforts, in sustainable energy access projects for disadvantaged communities. The Group is currently in advanced discussions with different local social entrepreneurs throughout the world and among others in India.
The ambition of GDF SUEZ, through "GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies", is to sponsor up to 20 significant projects with high social impact by 2013.
Speaking at the event, Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ, said: "In order to strengthen and further integrate our social responsibility, we are launching a new dynamic: “GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies”. This program is particularly innovative because of its global scale and variety of modes of action. It is based on a partnership approach with NGOs, public authorities, companies, the general public and, above all, the Group’s employees."
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ (gdfsuez.com) develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,350 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €84.5 billion in 2010. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.
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