As a world major in the airline industry, Air France- KLM has long been building close links with char- itable bodies and NGOs in the countries it serves world-wide. The Group is only too aware that access to education, leisure and culture are key to offering children a better future.
Company-wide mobilization around children in Senegal
In 2015, for the second year running, the Air France Foundation organized a fund-raising event with the company’s staff. This major initiative, undertaken in partnership with Air France Cargo, was for the benefit of children in Dakar and the surrounding region. More than five tons of clothing, toys, games, educational and childcare materials, etc. were donated by Air France staff and subsequently shipped from Paris to Dakar by Air France Cargo for distribution by the seven associations partner- ing the Foundation: Empire des Enfants, Collectes et Partages, Village Pillote, La Liane, Samusocial Sénégal, Dunes Aventures and the Vivre Ensemble Madesahel NGO. All the crew took part in the donation distribution ceremony to show their sup- port for the Foundation’s work.
Established in 1992, the Air France Foundation is a pioneer in the corporate world. For more than 22 years it has been selecting and supporting programs to help children and young people who are sick, disabled or highly vulnerable.
Supporting children’s rights
Founded in 1999, the KLM AirCares program supports vulnerable children living in countries to which the airline operates flights. AirCares thus supports numerous charitable organizations working towards improving living conditions for children.
To take this program to another level, since December 2013 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has been working with UNICEF. Through a vast three-year plan, the company supports the “Children’s Rights and Business Principles”; a comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, market- place and community to respect and support chil- dren’s rights.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the first airline to fully embrace and implement these “Children’s Rights & Business Principles”. The airline will strive to ensure that all of its processes and activities, as well as those of its partners and suppliers, uphold and support children’s rights. The next step will be to ensure that these principles are further dissem- inated in the air transport industry.
Donating Flying Blue Miles
Since small gestures can make a big difference, Air France-KLM offers the frequent flyer members of its Flying Blue loyalty program the opportunity to participate in humanitarian programs by donating a portion of their Flying Blue Miles. The generosity of customers in supporting the KLM AirCares and Air France’s association partners enables the financing of ever-more projects. For further information, go to the “Spend Miles” section at www.flyingblue.com.