Strong ties with associative actors

The bioMérieux teams take part in citizen actions through numerous initiatives in partnership with local associations and NGOs.

Sport dans la Ville

As a loyal supporter since 2007 of Sport dans la Ville, which uses sport to help young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods find their place in society and the professional world, bioMérieux sponsors and hosts young people to allow them to gain work experience.

  • In 2019, the association inaugurated a digital space – to which bioMérieux contributed – on the association’s Lyon campus, with the aim of improving digital know-how among young people.
  • The Company also renewed its support for the Apprenti’Bus program, which was thus able to acquire a third retrofitted school bus for traveling education initiatives that help youngsters learn written and oral communication skills.

 

Institut Télémaque

Since 2014, bioMérieux has been a partner of the Institut Télémaque, which provides schooling and homework support for youngsters from modest backgrounds,  from 7th grade through high school graduation.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Company funded in-house tutors who accompanied 20 young people selected by the Institute.

 

 

L'Entreprise des Possibles

In early 2019, Alain Mérieux, President of Institut Mérieux, officially launched L'Entreprise des possibles, a highly innovative initiative that calls on businesses in the Lyon area and their employees to help homeless and vulnerable individuals. As one of the founding companies in the group, bioMérieux immediately responded to the call to action along with other businesses in the Lyon area.

  • The Company encouraged employees who wished to become involved to do so in one of two ways: either by donating paid leave or by volunteering. In response to the first option, bioMérieux employees gave overwhelmingly, donating 214 days of paid leave. This was combined with 100% matching contributions from the Company to reach a total of €100,000 donated to the endowment fund of l’Entreprise des Possibles to help people in need.
  • In early March 2020, a mobile village was inaugurated in Lyon to welcome the public until planned housing has been completed.

 

Employees initiatives within our sites

Employees are active in projects to support local communities. Examples of initiatives in 2019:

  •  Fundraising and collecting gifts to help nine local families, in partnership with the volunteer organization of the Hazelwood Police Department in St. Louis (United States);
  • Visits to Baby’s Home in Shanghai (China), a center for orphans who are waiting to undergo medical treatment or surgery, to spend time with the children;
  • Preparing and distributing meals for nearly 200 people in Brussels (Belgium) as part of an initiative called Opération Thermos;
  • Support for the Ukukhula Program, which helps young people from underprivileged neighborhoods develop their own business activity as a way to combat unemployment (South Africa);
  • Spending a day with children living at the Child Welfare Institute in Turkey;
  • Donations to the Hogar Querubines home for children in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
  • For World Cleanup Day in September 2019, bioMérieux employees and their families volunteered to take part in local initiatives to clean up litter and waste in 15 countries worldwide.