GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation
From the outset, Jean Nouvel wanted the museum to be sheltered amidst dense vegetation, and this is why he called on the remarkable landscape gardener, Gilles Clément.
This garden is a key element of the project as it stretches over 1.8 hectares. The architect decided to build the museum on piles to create an immense bridge-structure enabling the garden to extend beneath it. As a large open expanse across the museum area, it is freely accessible to the public during the opening hours of the museum. With 178 trees and some thirty plant species, the garden surrounds the architecture creating an impression of burgeoning flora. Secret paths, hillocks, pebbled walkways, pools to meditate and dream beside and an open-air theatre presenting a series of shows, lectures and concerts all make this new Parisian garden the ideal venue for museum visitors from all walks of life.
GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation
Solidarity, the environment, and commitment of its members are at the heart of the identity, vocation, and positioning of the GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation.
The new corporate foundation of the GDF SUEZ Group was launched in September 2010 under the chairmanship of Mr. Gérard Mestrallet.
The foundation supports projects and their teams, which are part of both solidarity actions (assistance to people in difficult situations e.g. health, education, energy etc.), and environmental actions (protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, the fight against global warming, housing development of the future ...).
The creation of GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation also reflects the Group’s desire to encourage commitment of its members, by supporting member associations working for humanitarian causes and projects undertaken by members, via a call for projects.
Preserving the environment and promoting biodiversity, a commitment for the GDF SUEZ Group foundation
Because the activities of GDF SUEZ are a part of global environmental and social challenges, sustainable development has become a key policy issue of the Group.
There are many challenges which need be addressed, such as energy independence, security of supply, the fight against climate change, and the fragility of biodiversity, but also economic and social issues such as economic crises, the emergence of new market players and social inequality.
GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation has chosen to support projects in environmental protection, enhancement and preservation as a central focus of its strategic philanthropy. It thus contributes to rehabilitating large natural areas, preserving paths and hiking trails and establishing iconic gardens.
The Foundation sees gardens, places of relaxation and meeting places, as an ideal expression of the sustainable development issues it finds important: biodiversity, solidarity, education and culture.
It is therefore natural that the GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation is a partner of the musée du quai Branly. The foundation sponsored the creation of its main garden in 2005 and its programme in 2008 and 2011, and it continues this partnership in 2012 through support of the Summer garden.