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Mission & Governance

Mission & Governance

Tom Enders, CEO Airbus, Chairman of Airbus Foundation

"With the new Airbus Foundation, I hope we can reach out to a larger population and continue to inspire young people to pursue their studies. The Foundation will also continue to support humanitarian missions around the globe. I would like to thank Airbus employees for their dedication and passion in serving our communities."

Integrating all the Company's resources

Airbus Foundation drives the Company's worldwide philanthropic actions, devoting our resources to effective partnerships with volunteer associations and international aid organisations. From relief flights aboard Airbus test aircrafts, to satellite imagery and helicopter hours, the Foundation integrates the activities of all Airbus' Divisions, each uniquely suited to provide resources that can bloster our partners' endeavours.

We also aim to inspire and encourage youth development through contact with the aerospace industry. Through our various programmes and thanks to the engagement of our passionate and highly motivated employees, we invest in the future of communities we support; sharing with young people our passion for science in general and aeronautics in particular.

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Partnering for a better world

The Airbus Foundation’s work is made possible through its partnerships. We’re collaborating with a growing number of internationally recognised organizations. Click below to learn more about the work they do.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 189 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers. Together, they act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Read more about International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The Crisis and Support Centre

 The French Crisis and Support Centre (CDCS), established in 2008 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, monitors and anticipates crises abroad, preparing response plans, conducting operations and supporting post-disaster recovery.

Read more about the Crisis and Support Centre

Action Contre la Faim

Since its creation in 1995, Action Contre la Faim has supported lifesaving programmes in over 40 countries around the world. The organisation saves the lives of malnourished children and provide families with access to safe water and good nutrition. In 2014, ACF helped over 13.6 million people worldwide.

Read more about Action Contre la Faim 

Aviation sans Frontières

Aviation Sans Frontières is  a non-profit organisation since 1980 and state-approved of public utility since 1993. For over 30 years, ASF led humanitarian missions to the  poor  at the heart of developing countries. ASF  offers  its materialistic resources, but also the professionalism and aeronautical skills of its members to serve humanitarian causes.

Read more about Aviation Sans Frontières

Humedica

Humedica, founded in 1979 and situated in Kaufbeuren (Bavaria), is an international non-governmental organisation, which provides humanitarian assistance in more than 90 countries. Humedica aims to help people, who suffer hardship due to disasters or structural poverty.

Read more about Humedica

United Way

United Way improves lives by mobilising the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit with nearly 2.6 million volunteers and 9.6 million donors around the world. Together, they raise more than $5 billion every year to create community solutions that improve life for everyone, impacting  the lives of up to 50 million people every year.

United Way France Tocqueville
United Way of Southwest Alabama

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is a non-profit, mission based, science center that promotes science learning through a variety of inquiry-based educational and entertaining activities, including exhibits, IMAX films, demonstrations, workshops and teacher professional development. It is located in Mobile, Alabama, US.

Read more about Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

fly2help

fly2help is an aviation charity dedicated to raising the spirits of people, young and old, living in difficult personal situations and inspiring young people as they consider their future lives.  Founded by pilots, our Air Smiles Days and Aim High education programme take everything that is exhilarating about flying and uses it to do something extraordinary.

Read more about fly2help

Tango Flight

Tango Flight is a hands-on high school class where students build and fly a two-seat airplane over the course of a school year. Students learn about all aspects of aviation and aerospace engineering through the hands-on experience of building an RV-12 aircraft, working with local aviation companies and even earn college credit with the integrated Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum.

Read more about Tango Flight

Rock Your Life!

In Germany, the link between a young person’s perspective and socio-demographic background is remarkably strong. Especially for youngsters from disadvantaged milieus, this poses an essential problem. The German school system is very selective, allowing little educational mobility. ROCK YOUR LIFE! wants to encourage pupils on their way to professional life and contribute to them finding out about their strengths and talents, so that they start living accordingly.

Read more about Rock Your Life!

Board of Directors

The Airbus Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors composed of Airbus management members, employee representatives and external experts in their fields.

College of Founding Members

Thomas Enders Chief Executive Officer of Airbus SE
Thierry Baril Chief Human Resources Officer Airbus
George Xu Chief Executive Officer of Airbus China
Guillaume Faury President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft 
Bruno Even Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopters
Dirk Hoke Chief Executive Officer Airbus Defence and Space
Allan McArtor Chairman, CEO of Airbus Americas
Grazia Vittadini
Executive Vice President Head of Engineering

College of Employee Representatives

Marc Ambiaux Chairman of European Airbus SE-Works Council
Thomas Busch Vice-President of European Airbus SE-Works Council

College of External Experts

“As an expert in Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations, I believe the full engagement and support from the private sector can play a pivotal role in emergency management. Connecting the Airbus Foundation's resources portfolio with the expertise from international  and local disaster relief organisations is a big step towards a more effective and efficient aid response".

Romain Gauduchon, UNDAC Member, Executive Vice President Global Strategy and Business Development, DAC Aviation International

“The Foundation felt that I had the right ethos as a partner with my insight into the growth and development of young adults in the workplace. I can advise as to what does and doesn’t work when engaging this segment”.

Kriss AkabusiOlympic medallist and CEO of The Akabusi Company & Charitable Trust

“We highly value the partnership between the IFRC and Airbus Foundation, which enables us to join commercial capacity with true humanitarian experience, enhancing the value of humanitarian action. Proven by the partnership experience, we can achieve more together when there is a shared vision and common objective of helping people in need.”

Brigitte Stalder-OlsenFormer Head of IFRC Global Logistics

“Being part of an airline such as JetBlue allowed me to get acutely familiar with the commercial aircraft business. In my opinion, it’s vital for the aviation to play a prominent role in supporting humanitarian. Pace, speed, efficiency: this is what aviation can bring”.

Dave BargerAirlink Board member and former CEO of JetBlue Airways

“There are two forms of education: one that prepares and one that inspires. What I’ve learned as Minister is that you cannot expect everything to come from public policies. There’s also room for philanthropy, informal actions, companies – corporate foundations are a great complement to the effort of boosting interest in science and technology”.
Claudie Haigneré, First French woman astronaut and Senior Advisor to the Director General of European Space Agency

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Mission & Governance

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