Air France-KLM supports several social, humanitarian and nature conservation projects:
Air France Corporate Foundation and Air France Humanitarian Aid Department
Air France works to help disadvantaged children through its Corporate Foundation. Since its establishment in 1992, the Foundation has facilitated the realization of 1,480 projects for children in difficulty and sick children, mostly sponsored by Air France employees. In 2019, the Foundation supported 63 projects across 32 countries to the benefit of 155,000 children.
In 2019, Air France Humanitarian Aid Department supported 25 NGOs helping children in need of medical care, and issued 393 tickets for medical teams and for the repatriation of sick children. Excess baggage fees were waived for more than 76 NGOs transporting medical equipment and for health emergencies.
Acting for Life
For over 40 years, the airline has partnered with the Acting for Life NGO which operates in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Oceania, through economic and regional development programs, support for small livestock and arable farmers and vocational training and integration for the most disadvantaged populations. In France, Acting for Life is recognized as public utility. In 2019, it has supported 33 projects worldwide.
Aviation Without Borders
Air France and KLM support the French Aviation Sans Frontières and the Dutch Aviation Without Borders. This emergency aid organization carries out air transport missions, transports cargo shipments with medical supplies to remote areas and arranges transport for sick children who are accompanied by Air France and KLM volunteers. In 2019, 1,200 sick and recovered children were carried on Air France flights and 8,400 packages of medicines and smaller medical equipment were shipped to 26 destinations by Air France.
Since 2015, when a partnership was created through the involvement of local teams, Air France-KLM expanded its longstanding partnership with Gawad Kalinga by signing the first Air France-KLM corporate partnership with this NGO and offering Flying Blue members to give miles to GK. Air France-KLM shares GK’s innovative vision in the fight to eradicate poverty.
Wings of Support
KLM and Wings of Support have an official cooperative agreement. The foundation started in 1998 and is an independent organisation run by around 90 KLM volunteers. The charity’s aim is to help children in countries KLM flies to by increasing access to education, shelter and healthcare. The foundation strives to involve local populations in its activities.
Transavia’s social partnerships
23 years ago, Transavia Netherlands launched the Peter Pan Holiday Club. This initiative, supported by Transavia employees, organizes holidays for young people between the ages of 13 and 20 years who are unable to on a “regular” holiday due to illness or difficult circumstances. Transavia Netherlands also works closely with JINC, an organization that arranges activities for children from economically – disadvantaged backgrounds. Transavia employees are invited and encouraged to actively participate in initiatives during which children visit companies to gain valuable insight into the working world and its functioning, and become familiar with the concept of networking. These initiatives illustrate the Transavia Netherlands conviction that “everybody deserves to be seen” and contribute to a more inclusive society.
Transavia France supports associations like Louis Carlesimo to enable sick children to enjoy magical moments during a trip. The airline’s staff is committed to combating diseases like cancer via the Hôtesses de l’Air Contre le Cancer association and the Movember Foundation, or to promoting diversity with Personn’Ailes, Air France’s LGBT and gay-friendly association.
In case of environmental disasters, Air France and KLM Cargo contribute where possible to deliver emergency items.
Both Air France and KLM encourage employees’ initiatives in social projects and volunteering. The second edition of Air France citizen days took place in 2019. During working time, voluntary employees carried out solidarity missions to the benefit of associations. They participate to the societal commitment of the company and contribute to bridge the gap between employees and the associative world. 2,000 employees volunteered to help 60 associations in mainland France and in the French overseas departments, in 6 fields of action: childhood, environment, disability, intergenerational sharing, education and the fight against poverty.
Within the “Friends of Air France Foundation”, more than 4,000 employees are involved in various voluntary, children-focused projects. Their involvement can take different forms, from volunteer work to skill-sharing or donations.
The Wings of Support foundation supports local projects in KLM destinations. Both KLM flight crew and ground staff are actively involved in the work of the foundation. In 2019, the foundation supported 75 projects in 16 different countries.
International locations also organized worldwide Citizen Days, supporting employees who want to join non-profit social and environmental organizations during their working time. Worldwide, more than 60 Air France-KLM citizen days have been organized in 2019. For example, reforestation action in Côte d’Ivoire, supporting disadvantaged children in South Africa or India, the support of vulnerable people in the United Kingdom, and action for environmental preservation in China.
ENGAGING OUR CUSTOMERS
We are committed to engaging our customers in our sustainability approach.
- The Air France inflight magazine devotes a monthly article to a project supported by the Air France Foundation and Acting for Life.
- Air France informs passengers about the damage caused by child sex tourism by financing and broadcasting ECPAT France’s prevention campaign, and by providing support to 12 other ECPAT projects for child protection around the world.
- The Trip and Tree program, initiated in 2018 and developed in 2019, allows customers who purchase an Air France ticket to reduce the environmental impact of their trip with a donation to support different worldwide tree planting projects.
- In the “KLM Takes Care” pages of its monthly magazine, the Holland Herald, KLM focuses on various sustainability initiatives and highlights the work of its partners.
- KLM’s CO2ZERO program enables passengers to compensate the CO2emissions of their flight by investing in Gold Standard certified projects such as the CO2OL Tropical Mix reforestation project in Panama.
Air France-KLM Flying Blue passengers can support NGO projects by donating Flying Blue Miles. This year, 70 million miles were donated by Flying Blue members, worth 1,653 tickets. In March 2019, exceptional support amounting to three million Miles was allocated to the French Red Cross in response to the devastation caused by the cyclone in Mozambique.