The Thales Solidarity programme aims to heighten our societal impact in the communities where we do business. To do so, Thales's different entities support and implement community engagement initiatives and partnerships with local organisations in their area. These actions are consistent with the programme's three focus areas and common criteria and are approved in accordance with the Group's Community Investment and Sponsoring Policy.
A few examples of projects we support:
•In the US, Thales supports the Iridescent Technovation Challenge programme, an international competition for girls ages 10 to 18 that aims to develop their innovation and leadership skills. Working with mentors, teams learn to code and design mobile applications to provide solutions to challenges in their community. 150 people, including 80 girls, participated in the final session at the Thales site in Irvine.
•In the UK, Thales works with more then 45 primary and middle schools to organise activities that meet their needs and support young people in the local communities where it does business. As a partner in the Primary Engineers programme, Thales helps train teachers to develop science projects in primary schools.
•In Australia, Thales has partnered since 2017 with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which aims to expose young people to science and technology. Classroom activities encourage students ages 7 to 17 to develop scientific thinking skills, conduct research and communicate effectively.
•In the Philippines, Thales provides scholarships to students supported by Passerelles Numériques, an NGO that provides IT and personal development training to young people from underprivileged areas, half of whom are girls.