As part of the Institut Mérieux group, bioMérieux is strongly committed to public health. We dedicate most of our charitable giving to support the actions of the Fondation Mérieux and the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux. See also Supporting the Foundations.
bioMérieux also supports initiatives in the countries where we have sites and subsidiaries. We base our selection of projects on the following criteria:
- Projects in the area of public health, related to:
- our Company’s business or fields of expertise: in vitro diagnostics, the fight against infectious diseases or industrial microbiological control,
- our Company’s mission, improving public health and contributing to access to healthcare, especially in emerging countries,
- our commitment to Human Resources, particularly in the areas of health and integration in the workplace.
- Projects enabling bioMérieux to be a corporate citizen in the communities where its sites and subsidiaries are located. Requests from organizations with recognized public interest status will be given priority.
As a public health leader with a global presence, we place patients and, more broadly, people, at the heart of our activities. We uphold our corporate social responsibility through support to a variety of initiatives.
Support to international organizations
bioMérieux also works with international organizations such as the Bill Clinton Foundation, the United Nations, the World Bank, the Global Business Coalition, and the European Commission, by supporting certain initiatives (financing research projects, international programs, etc.). Through these different partnerships, we intend to use our expertise to make healthcare more widely accessible throughout the world.
Support to local initiatives
Beyond the Group’s corporate sponsorship policy, teams at the subsidiaries are involved in humanitarian activities nationally as well as a number of initiatives in partnership with local NGOs.
Fundación ALMA - Argentina
bioMérieux Argentina participated in the ALMA Hospital Train for Children (Tren-Hospital para Chicos), a program designed to improve the health of children in remote locations with limited access to healthcare. Organized by the Fundación ALMA, the train travels to resource-challenged villages in the Northern Argentinean provinces. bioMérieux donated diagnostics for Chagas testing and laboratory equipment. The subsidiary’s employees also collected supplies to ensure the children’s good hygiene. 1,500 children in five villages benefited from screening for diseases as well as educational programs on food safety and hygiene.
Sport dans la Ville - France
Other initiatives are organized to aid underprivileged children, in particular through continued support for the French organization Sport dans la Ville, which helps young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods discover sports as a means of social and professional integration.
bioMérieux also supports cultural activities in the communities where our sites are located.
bioMérieux has had close ties with the City of Grenoble for many years. We established the Christophe Mérieux Centre, dedicated to the research and production of molecular biology systems, in an exceptional scientific cluster fostered by the City of Grenoble.
Beyond this scientific collaboration, bioMérieux wanted to support the City’s cultural environment, in particular the Grenoble Museum. Alain Mérieux, Chairman of Institut Mérieux, is a founding member of the Museum’s Sponsors’ Club.
Other cultural philanthropy
bioMérieux supports the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. In 2008, Nicolas Poussin’s painting, “The Flight into Egypt”, joined the museum’s. The city of Lyon, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Louvre Museum and the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council made this acquisition possible through the sponsorship of large corporations and private foundations. bioMérieux contributed to the acquisition as a statement of its strong ties to its city and region of origin and to encourage an encounter between city inhabitants and a masterpiece of French artistic heritage.
For many years now, bioMérieux has also supported diverse cultural initiatives including:
- the Chaise Dieu annual music festival (in Haute Loire, France), for which bioMérieux has been a partner for 30 years,
- the Baroque Music Festival of Lyon.