Because trust is essential for societies to flourish, innovation should be available to everyone. Thales is committed to sharing its talent and expertise with civil society so that everyone can be a part of the decisive transformations of tomorrow.
"Thales is aware of its responsibility in addressing the challenges we face as a society and the changes brought about by new technology and climate change, along with the need to step up the response to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Thales's new Solidarity programme reflects our belief that innovation should be available to everyone so that we can create a future we can all trust. By working with civil society and supporting socially innovative projects with our dedicated charity fund and skilled employee volunteers all over the world, we can play an effective part in meeting these challenges." -Patrice Caine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Thales Solidarity programme
In 2019, Thales redefined its corporate citizenship strategy in order to coordinate the Group's community engagement initiatives around priority themes and common criteria and increase their societal impact and continue the actions of the Thales Foundation after five years of significant achievements.
This strategy is now organised under the Thales Solidarity programme. Initiatives supported across the Group aim to leverage innovation and technology to serve three focus areas:
• Education and professional integration
• Digital citizenship
• Environmental protection.
The projects we support aim to provide underprivileged groups or those in at-risk areas with more equal opportunities. Projects are selected and evaluated using the following criteria:
• Societal impact: The project aims to produce a measurable benefit and impact in response to a clearly identified societal need that is being poorly addressed or ignored.
• Responsible innovation: The project uses new technology responsibly to improve access and/or accelerate its intended impact.
• Effectiveness: Resources (human, financial, technical, etc.) are mobilised and optimised to meet the project's objectives.
• Sustainability: The project will have a long-term impact and will live on after Thales's support ends.
• Engagement: Thales employees are involved in the project and/or can participate in volunteering opportunities.
The charitable fund took over from the Thales Foundation at the Group level in 2020 to finance projects with a high societal impact and support employee engagement initiatives through an annual call for projects.