Partnership at the heart of our activity

The link with the private sector is embedded within the DNA of PU which, since its inception, has incorporated the business community into its action strategy!

PU was founded in 2000 following a meeting between Médecins du Monde directors and private sector leaders wishing to give companies and their employees an opportunity to get actively involved in international solidarity initiatives.

This led to the emergence of STVA, for which PU was awarded the "Enterprise and development" prize by the High Council of International Cooperation.

Since then the association has developed other innovative forms of partnership enabling businesses, corporate foundations and local authorities to take action on behalf of development, the environment and education, by supporting projects managed as close to grassroots as possible by local stakeholders.

In 2009 these initiatives resulted in PU being awarded public utility status.

Our partnership philosophy

Pledging commitment to an association working to empower local communities in the developing world and protect the environment enables companies to enhance their social and environmental responsibility.

Since its inception, PU has encouraged businesses, their foundations and works councils, institutions, local authorities and private individuals to support its programmes.

We offer different ways of getting involved, mainly through sponsorship, in order to help raise the awareness and secure the involvement of the various stakeholders, based on the partner organisation's own strategy.

Every partner of PU is unique and our dedicated team pledges to meet the specific requests and expectations of each and every one of them.

Our partnerships are formalised by contractual agreements and monitored individually. We attach great importance to trust and transparency in respect of the use of funds and we provide regular progress reports.

Between 2000 and 2018, PU achieved the following:

  • 1013 projects supported in 32 countries working with 462 local partners
  • 6 800 000 trees planted
  • 130 000 school kits distributed
  • 8 855 volunteers went on STVA
  • 655 partner companies, foundations and local authorities