2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges caused by the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus. Even with the severe economic and social disruptions that resulted, the Airbus Foundation succeeded in working with partners in carrying out life saving missions in the context of the global pandemic.
The Airbus Foundation's actions benefited from its ability to adapt quickly in the pandemic environment - re-working its programmes to offer digital solutions where possible, and ensuring ongoing support for young people, employee volunteers, and our valuable NGO (Non- Governmental Organisation) and Governmental partners.
TheCOVID-19pandemic gave us an opportunity to focus on what really matters, and to continue building a more sustainable world
We also played a key role in Airbus' global response to the pandemic, harnessing the collective passion of our employees that has been so evident throughout theCOVID-19crisis. This ranged from launching the Discover at Home digital STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) content for children who were unable to attend school to supporting innovation projects
and employee initiatives through the Humanity Lab.
We were impressed by the passion and eagerness of Airbus employees across the businesses to offer support in any way they could - including the design and implementation of innovative solutions to help protect key workers, and the collection of food vouchers for those in need in their communities. Thanks to everyone!
TheCOVID-19pandemic gave us an opportunity to focus on what really matters, and to continue building a more sustainable world - showcasing how Airbus people, products and business know-how can be a force for societal good.
During the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic, our access to Airbus flight test aircraft was very limited - reducing the airlift capacity that we could use for delivering aid and equipment on humanitarian mis- sions. Therefore, the Airbus Foundation shifted a part of its focus to the launch of an employee fundraising appeal in support of our humanitarian partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Action Against Hunger (ACF).
Thanks to the generosity of Airbus employees, this effort raised €47,633, contributing to IFRC and ACF responses to the global crisis by providing essential assistance for the most vulnerable communi- ties. This assisstance included helping control the spread of the virus by supporting health centres, raising awareness of social
distancing measures, and providing essential resources such as medicine, hygiene kits, and personal protective equipment.
In 2020, the Airbus Foundation coordinated four humanitarian goodwill flights and three humanitarian relief flights, while also facilitating more than 107 helicopter flight hours.
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All the actions taken during 2020 underscored the Airbus Foundation's commitment to stand by our humanitarian partners, who are on the front lines in the fight to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and in responding to natural disasters. By supporting the emergency response efforts of our partners, the Airbus Foundation continues to be a respected, recognised, and"in-demand"partner to the key participants within the humanitarian community.
In the area of innovation, the Airbus Foundation maintained its working relationship with the Humanity Lab, helping put the creativity and expertise of users from ProtoSpace - Airbus' own global network of collaborative spaces and fast-prototyping facilities - toward serving the humanitarian community through innovative projects.
With STEM-related education activities, the Airbus Foundation Board of Directors decided to integrate all our programmes under the same umbrella, focussing on the entertaining content available via the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space platform (AFDS). This enabled the launch of a content creation campaign with several partners during the year to meet the framework of this new strategy.
For the Foundation's management, Airbus Chief
Executive Officer Guillaume Faury led his final Airbus Foundation Board of Directors meeting as Chairman, passing the responsibilities to Julie Kitcher, the Airbus Executive Vice President - Communications and Corporate Affairs, who is an Executive Committee member. The Airbus Foundation's future strategy was discussed at the same meeting, including changes to our governance and strategic direction in theCOVID-19environment - refocusing the mission around the three core pillars: humanitarian, youth/education, and environment.
HUMANITARIAN FLIGHTS, RELIEF MISSIONS
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