Rueil-Malmaison (France), April 3, 2012 – Schneider Electric and its Foundation announced the creation of Schneider Electric Teachers. This Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) aims to promote volunteering of current and retired Schneider Electric employees in partner organisations of the Schneider Electric Foundation, dedicated to teaching and professional training within the energy field.
Schneider Electric Teachers’ role is to link partner organisations of the Schneider Electric Foundation with volunteers, current or retired employees of Schneider Electric. For this, a dedicated website (www.teachers.schneider-electric.org) was created: missions are posted by partner organisations¹, and then offered to pre-registered volunteers whose profile meets search criteria². Schneider Electric Teachers then organizes contacts, provides pre-departure training, takes in charge the organization and bears the costs for transport and accommodation.
"The idea behind Schneider Electric Teachers is to provide a platform for connecting skills with concrete needs, and make a distinctive contribution to education programs developed worldwide for the benefit of underprivileged young people", explains Christian Wiest, Former Executive Vice President at Schneider Electric and President of the Association.
"In a world in which the boundaries are continually evolving, we need to make a step change and establish new connections between the Schneider Electric community and its global environment", adds Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President and CEO at Schneider Electric. "We are hoping to respond to 300 requests from partner organisations by 2014. This objective will be followed through our next sustainable development performance indicator, the Planet & Society Barometer."
The Schneider Electric Teachers Association is planning to develop its activities mainly in new economies (Africa, China, India and Brazil, during 2012). This initiative is an extension of the commitment undertaken by the Schneider Electric Foundation, which has 120 delegates in 70 countries and has already supported 150 projects worldwide.
¹Examples of missions: courses, practical work and support, equipment installation, training for trainers, benchmarking, organisational support, etc.
²such as skill-base, availability, areas of interest and location
About the Schneider Electric Foundation
From transmitting knowledge to sharing energy, the Schneider Electric Foundation plays an active role in Schneider Electric’s commitment to sustainable development. Created in 1998 under the aegis of the Foundation de France, the Schneider Electric Foundation participates in projects that emphasize sustainable and practical training and job opportunities for young people, primarily in energy related careers, education for sustainable development through innovative projects and support for emergency operations following natural disasters, always with a focus on fostering the personal, long-term involvement of its employees worldwide.
A propos de Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.