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French company Schneider Electric raises awareness and funds for UNHCR projects


A French company has donated 120,000 euros to the UN refugee agency’s water and education projects in Africa – proof that the corporate world has an important role to play in sustainable growth and human development.

The donation was made at the end of a debate-conference on Tuesday, 25 June 2004, to coincide with World Refugee Day and Sustainable Development Week in France. Organised by Schneider Electric, the event featured the company’s President Director-General Henri Lachmann, Veolia Environment Director-General Denis Gasquet and France Telecom President Thierry Breton.

Receiving the cheque from Lachmann, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Julien Clerc thanked the company for its continued support. 55,000 euros of the donation will go to a water project in Ethiopia and 65,000 euros will go to refugee education and training programmes in Cameroon.

“This donation certainly has a very great financial value. But its impact does not stop there,” said Clerc. “With partners such as Schneider Electric, we are proud to help with better management of water in this arid area. The beneficial effects will be felt in the very long term for the entire population.”