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.
Thales Solidarity Delegates implement and promote the programme in their Country and Business Unit. They are supported by local Ambassadors at each site who work hand-in-hand with employees and local associations.
A few examples of projects we support:
•In the US, Thales supports theIridescent 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.
•In the UK, Thales works with Primary engineersto inspire pupils to STEM through class projects and teachers training and support. In 2020 they sponsored the competition If I was an Engineer, which invites pupils from primary and secondary schools identify a problem in the world around them and propose an engineered solution. Another partnership has been developed with The Smallpeice Trust to deliver hands-on workshops to fuel young people’s passion for Engineering.
•In Brazil, the partnership between Thales and Fundação Iochpe aims to deploy “Formare”, a solidarity-based vocational training program for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, which is based on volunteering. In 2020, 49 employees provided 900 hours of courses in administrative and technical fields for the benefit of ten young people from the metropolitan region of São Paulo.