- On April 7, a debate was held on the subject “NGO/Business Co-creation – Social Entrepreneurship”
- Concrete long-term co-creation actions promoting access to energy
Rueil-Malmaison (France), April 7, 2014 – Today Schneider Electric organized a power breakfast on “NGO/Business Co-creation – Social Entrepreneurship” at Medef’s (French Business Confederation) headquarters in Paris (France), attended by Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, Vice-president delegate of the Medef, Tony Meloto, Chairman and Founder of Gawad Kalinga, and Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior Vice President Sustainability , Schneider Electric.
“This event is an opportunity to place co-creation at the heart of the debate: bringing together the vision and methods of the voluntary sector, the ambitions of businesses, the challenges facing public bodies, in order to learn how to work together and do business differently. The aim is above all to find concrete long-term solutions to the great issues facing humanity, now and in the future, said Gilles Vermot Desroches. This debate was organized in accordance with Schneider Electric's initiatives to promote cooperation between business and NGOs, such as the ambitious BipBop access to energy program, or recently the joint action with Gawad Kalinga following the typhoon which hit the Philippines.”
Charles-Benoît Heidsieck, Chairman of the Medef “NGOs” Committee, CEO and founder of Le RAMEAU, Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Co-founder and Director of “Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty” and the MSc in Sustainable Development Management at HEC Paris, and Arnaud Mourot, Co-director of Ashoka Europe, all contributed to the debate moderated by Isabelle Hennebelle, Editor of the special edition “Ces métiers qui changent le monde¹" , journalist specialized in social innovation and HR at l’Express and l’Expansion. More than 200 participants took part in the discussions and debates: representatives of voluntary associations and foundations, members of the workforce, managers of cooperative programs in large companies and schools, journalists.
This major co-creation event is part of the ongoing partnership between Schneider Electric and Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines to develop access to electricity and associated services, signed in August 2013 by Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric, and Tony Meloto at the Medef Summer Camp.
The first actions of this partnership were implemented after mega-typhoon Haiyan passed through the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Schneider Electric employees, supported by the Schneider Electric Foundation under the aegis of Fondation de France, got together and raised 570,000 euros. These donations were primarily used to put together an emergency program and the donations of food to cover of the needs of 100,000 families. The rebuilding program includes restoring access to energy and projects offering vocational training in energy management.
¹ These jobs which change the world
About 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 & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
About the Schneider Electric Foundation
Created in 1998 under the aegis of Fondation de France, the Schneider Electric Foundation works, with its partners, to implement solutions to the energy challenges faced by some of the most deprived people around the world. In new economies, the Foundation supports vocational training in energy-related professions, thus contributing to Schneider Electric's program to provide access to energy, BipBop. In mature economies, the Foundation is tackling fuel poverty by offering awareness-raising and training programs targeting households facing this type of poverty. In all its programs, the Schneider Electric Foundation ensures the involvement of the company's employees in all the activities carried out.