Created in 1998, at the initiative of the founder and chairman-CEO Régis Arnoux, the CIS foundation provides support for young people aged from 18 to 25 years old until they enter the workforce. In the past 9 years, 74 young people have received guidance from the Foundation. Feedback on the missions and objectives of the Foundation by Loic Souron, Chairman of the CIS Corporate Foundation.
What is the role of the CIS Foundation?
The purpose of the CIS Foundation is to assist financially and psychologically young adults (age 18-25) from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to start or continue their education and support them until they enter the workforce.
Can you tell us more about the structure of the CIS Foundation?
The CIS Foundation has eight members. Foundation members are all volunteers. We hold meetings every month.
What are the beliefs and values that drive the Foundation’s commitment to young adults?
Believing in the youth of our country and its energy. Upholding the values of perseverance, merit and solidarity. Supporting and guiding young adults who want to take charge of their destiny.
How long do you generally support these young adults?
The CIS Foundation offers long-term support for its grant recipients. The relationship established between us becomes a project partnership in which we share the same objectives. We stay with young people as long as it takes for them to “take off” professionally and can continue on their own, generally between 1 and 4 years.
What are the Foundation’s objectives for 2017?
To start with, I’d like to point out that this philanthropic goal is only made possible by the commercial success of CIS, its economic performance and the quality of the people who make up the company as our financing is provided solely by CIS. The Foundation aims to continue building partnerships with general and vocational secondary schools, local governments, and local and regional institutions. Much remains to be done for young people in our region, but there’s also a lot of energy and motivation to make a difference.
So let’s trust in our future!
Chairman of the CIS Corporate Foundation