Sustainable Development flies with Air France
Thursday 1, April 2010
With France’s annual Sustainable Development week kicking off on 1 April, Air France will be screening a video aboard its long-haul aircraft from that date describing the Company’s commitment to the environment and socially responsible initiatives.
To minimize its greenhouse gas emissions, Air France continually modernizes its fleet, systematically tracks down unnecessary fuel consumption, supports research into renewable energy sources, and programmes with environmental NGOs.
On the humanitarian aid and social development fronts, Air France supports humanitarian programmes, notably by providing the logistics support of an airline operator for over 150 organizations, mainly in the field of emergency medical assistance. The free transport of passengers, medical equipment and emergency aid by Air France and its subsidiaries was valued at around 1.6 million euros in the 2008-09 financial statements. By supporting the Air France Foundation and the Acting for Life-Groupe Développement NGO, Air France has committed to programmes to protect children in distress and to supporting development programmes.
Air France makes a contribution to the economy and development in the areas where it operates and in the countries it serves. The Company’s activities generate a large number of jobs, mainly in the Greater Paris area, with a workforce of 50,000, thereby contributing to the region’s economic attractiveness. Another driver of economic growth is the Company’s procurement at local level: the Company’s local procurement spending in 2006-2007 came to 2.1 billion euros in Greater Paris (excluding jetfuel) and involved 3,500 companies.
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