Social responsibility and community welfare have always been core values of CIEL.
The “Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard” (FCNR) was set up in 2004 and since sustained hundreds of projects in areas such as fight against poverty, education and disability. CIEL is also committed to the protection of the environment through La Vallée de Ferney Conservation Trust, since 2006.
CIEL has set up a Corporate Sustainability Committee, with three sub-committees, to efficiently manage the CSER activities, which have been grouped into three distinct categories:
- The « Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard » – Social Integration and National and Cultural Heritage, National Solidarity
- Environmental Responsibility Committee - Protection of Environment
- HR Forum –Employee development and welfare
Rs 50 million invested in some 300 projects, since 2004
Distribution of Financing by Activity Sector (2013-2014)
Fight against poverty: 28%
Number of beneficiaries: 472
Amount spent: Rs 1,340,000
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Corporate Sustainability Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard
Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard
The Foundation CIEL Nouveau Regard (FCNR) was established in 2005 and is engaged in areas such as fight against poverty and exclusion, education and disability. Since February 2010, FCNR has been empowered to receive the CSER tax through funding from subsidiaries companies of CIEL.
The Foundation has invested some Rs 50 million in various projects managed by local NGOs, with whom it has developed close partnerships.
In 2013, Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard invested Rs 9 million on various social and environmental projects. 68% of the amount received was used to finance projects managed by local NGOs in such areas as fight against poverty, education and disability.
Number of beneficiaries: 235
Amount spent: Rs. 1,260,000
Number of beneficiaries: 925
Amount spent: Rs. 2,180,000
Fight against Poverty and Social Integration
Number of beneficiaries: 472
Amount spent: Rs. 1,340,000
www.ACTogether.mu is a web portal managed by “Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard” which provides NGOs, that are engaged in the fight of all types of exclusions in Mauritius, with a communication platform.
ACTogether organises, in addition, a series of activities yearly, among which:
- The “Marché de Noël”, with main objectives to gather all the NGOs around a common project, help them improve the quality of their craft products and in raising funds.
- ACTogether also hosted a stand at the “Mauritius International University, Career and Job Expo” at Pailles. Organised with the help of Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard and in collaboration with NGOs, social workers and volunteers, the stand offered the opportunity to those who want to make career in the social field, to join local NGOs.
The Foundation CIEL Nouveau Regard (FCNR) is strongly committed to providing disabled children with access to education. Thus, in January 2010, it opened the first secondary school for deaf children in collaboration with the NGO Society for the Welfare of the Deaf (SWD). In 2010, the Form 1 pre-vocational programme was launched with 20 pupils, then From II in 2012 and Form III in 2012. In 2013, FCNR has renewed its support to the SWD and is financing 25% of the running costs of its 4 classrooms. Moreover, in March 2013, all the students of Form III have received a certificate for prevocational.
FCNR provided its support to other NGOs in 2013:
- Eastern Welfare Association for the Disabled (‘EWAD’)
- Association Dominique Savio
- Association Mille Soleils
- Friends in Hope
The Foundation CIEL Nouveau Regard (FCNR) supports alternative education. Thanks to the ANFEN network and to the Zippy programme of ICJM, children with learning difficulties can have access to education.
FCNR provided its support to other NGOs in 2013 …
- Teen Hope du Groupe Noyau Social de Cité La Cure à Port-Louis
- Mahebourg Espoir Education Centre (MEEC) de l’association Mahebourg Espoir
- L’association Bâtisseurs de Paix
- Scolarships to students of St Patrick’s College
- Surinam Centre d’Ecoute et de Développement
- Association Solidarité Maman
- Mouvement Forces Vives Quartier EDC, projet Sa Nou Vizé
Corporate Sustainability National Solidarity, promotion of cultural heritage and sports
Promotion of Cultural Heritage and sports
In view of promoting the fascinating biodiversity and rich cultural history of Mauritius, CIEL has supported the first creole dictionary project and sponsored numerous cultural events featuring local artists.
CIEL has also contributed to the promotion of sports at regional and national level by supporting various sports clubs, among which the Curepipe Starlight Sporting Club, the Faucon Flacq Supporting Club as well as the Rugby Union of Mauritius and athletes participating in the Agadir ATU Triathlon African Championships 2013.
CIEL through the Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard (FCRN) has sustained hundreds of projects in areas such as fight against poverty and exclusion, education and disability. In 2013, FCRN joined forces with the local authorities and the NGO CARITAS to bring support to some 565 families, among whom were few employees of CIEL, who suffered from flash floods. Rs 1 million were distributed among these families.
Corporate Sustainability Environment
CIEL has an ongoing commitment towards the “Vallée de Ferney”, a native forest of 200 hectares nested in the Bambous Mountains. With its unique biodiversity, the forest provides shelter for more than 100 plant species and numerous animals. CIEL is working in collaboration with the Government of Mauritius to restore the forest of the “Vallée de Ferney”.
In January 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Vallée de Ferney Conservation Trust and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to pursue the development of the conservation management of the valley and its endemic species through a three year project namely the “Optimising the Ferney Valley into a Mauritian biodiversity conservation and awareness hotspot”.