Safran Group - Fondation d’Auteuil: en route to sustainable development!

As part of its patronage activities, Safran is inviting over 130 children from the Fondation d'Auteuil to visit a park entirely devoted to sustainable development, on Wednesday October 7, 2009. This civic initiative constitutes a first in France.

At Safran, the belief is that the Group's international dimension, its major economic role and its capacity for innovation endow it with particular responsibility in the world in which it plies its trade. Group personnel are continually working to improve its high-tech products in order to make them more respectful of the environment.
Respect for the planet concerns everyone: corporations, individuals, the great and the small. As a partner of the Fondation d'Auteuil of several years' standing, Safran is seeking to raise the awareness of the children received into the institution to the ecological challenges by inviting them to spend a full day at the EANA park in Normandy, which is dedicated to sustainable development. Aged between 6 and 18, they will be taking part, in particular, in educational workshops suited to their academic level, in order to learn about some of the dimensions of this topic and its complexity. They will be able to make observations and carry out experiments in order to understand, for example, what is meant by the "greenhouse effect" and what kind of renewable energies there are, and will be turned into builders' apprentices for the day in order to get a clearer idea of the link between construction and the immediate environment.
This Safran initiative is of particular interest to the Fondation d'Auteuil inasmuch as the latter has included a sustainable development project in the curriculum of many of its classes.

In order to build a future that lasts, and to preserve the Earth and its inhabitants, it is up to as many of us as possible to get involved and to demonstrate commitment. Every gesture counts. It is this civic, concerted and global ambition that Safran wishes to pass on to the younger generations.

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About Safran
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defense and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has 54,500 employees and generated sales exceeding 10 billion euros in 2008. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.2 billion euros in 2008. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.

About the Fondation d'Auteuil
The Fondation d'Auteuil, founded in 1866 and a recognized charity since 1929, receives, educates, trains and finds placements for over 12,700 boys and girls in serious social, educational, domestic and emotional difficulties, regardless of origin and culture, within 200 establishments throughout France.
To find more about the Fondation : http://www.fondation-auteuil.org

Press contacts:

Groupe Safran : Françoise Descheemaker, Patronage Director
françoise.descheemaeker@safran.fr, 01 40 60 84 20
Véronique Faivre, Executive Officer, Solidarity Patronage
veronique.faivre@safran.fr, 01 40 60 83 07

Fondation d'Auteuil : Marie de Saint Laurent, Relations Manager
marie.de-saint-laurent@fondation-auteuil.org, 01 44 14 75 28