For the past five years, the RTE Foundation has extended the company’s commitment to promoting the development of rural communities. In 2012, it supported 47 new projects, bringing the total number of projects aided since its creation to 246, for a total amount of €4.7 million.
The RTE Foundation supports community projects which focus primarily on combating all forms of exclusion, protecting the environment, conserving the rural heritage and creating jobs. Numerous examples include the refurbishment of buildings, a variety of social and economic initiatives to help people in diffi culty, farming and market gardening activities, management of green spaces and waste and the development of social inclusion activities intended to encourage access and return to the labour market.
Promoting mutual support in rural areas and helping to meet community needs and foster level development: these were the objectives that RTE set itself in 2008 when it created the fi rst foundation of its type in France. It has been a consistent way of bringing the company’s values to life.
Beyond the financial support it offers, the RTE foundation also offers support on a local level to those responsible for projects through the involvement of RTE employees who serve as sponsors. On a voluntary basis, they undertake to support a project in their regions over the long term. This approach has proved successful: for the second year running, the rate of ponsoring is around 90%. After five years of existence, the RTE Foundation now wants take the sponsor system further and establish still more innovative pathways between the structures it supports and the company itself.
Close-up on three projects supported in 2012