In early 2022, Wendel officially launched its endowment fund, called Wendel Cares. With Wendel Cares, Wendel wishes to give new impetus to its philanthropic approach by bringing together all of its philanthropic actions within a dedicated structure and by extending its scope of action to other themes in line with the societal challenges of our time.
Historically, Wendel’s corporate philanthropy activities have been developed around two pillars: education and culture, through long-term partnerships with the Wendel Center for Family Enterprise (Insead) since 1996 and the Centre Pompidou-Metz since 2010.
Since 2018, under the impetus of André François-Poncet, Wendel has extended its corporate philanthropy activities to solidarity projects.
Today, Wendel Cares aims to finance initiatives corresponding to one of the five areas in which it has chosen to commit itself. These projects are studied and then monitored by the fund’s Board of Directors, which is currently made up of nine Group employees.
The creation of Wendel Cares also represents a collaborative project for employees that will allow them to devote time, raise funds and rally around common projects.
The five areas of commitment of the endowment fund
Wendel Cares will continue Wendel’s “historical” philanthropic activities by supporting: