Launched in 2018, « HLD pour la Méditerranée » aims at supporting associative projects acting to protect the environment of the Mediterranean Sea.
This endowment fund was born from HLD’s associates and employees shared will to act to safeguard the Mediterranean Sea.
Our initiative is based on the following findings:
- The Mediterranean ecosystems are more than ever threaten by the plastic pollution, biodiversity loss, and climate change among others. We must act now, before it is too late.
- This issue remains among the least supported cause by the French corporate philanthropy: the environment receives only 7% of French corporate philanthropy and marine environment is the least financed environmental issue.
- A philanthropic project focused on a precise axis will have more chance to make a difference and its impact is easier to assess, however modest it is.
Faithful to HLD’s values, our endowment fund supports innovating and ambitious projects with a strong potential to protect the marine environment. We also wish to create a climate of trust with the project holders by supporting them through our business and financial expertise.
This twofold philanthropy, financial and skill-based, is much appreciated by our associative partners who all wish to ensure the continuity of their project and to scale up their impact. Overall, we wish to participate in the development of innovative solutions in order to ensure the sustainable protection of the Mediterranean Sea.
In order to ensure our presence in the Mediterranean region, we established a partnership with the association Sauver la Méditerranée, based in Marseille and chaired by Laurent Dominati.
This association, supported by HLD pour la Méditerranée Project Selection Committee, aims at identifying the most promising initiatives, supporting them and ensuring their development across Mediterranean countries.
We finance research and action projects, such as beach clean-ups and marine biodiversity protection or innovative solutions such as the Chrysalis machine. These three complementary pillars are essential to the settlement of a sustainable protection of marine habitats and could not be efficient one without the other.
The “HLD pour la Méditerranée” conference will be held the 23 September 2019 at the “Région Sud” regional council. We are organizing this event in partnership with the Fondation de France Méditerranée to raise awareness on the threats affecting the Mediterranean Sea.
The main asset of this event will certainly be the speed dating session between associations and companies. Today, more than ever, such events are needed to unite the associations and companies willing to engage themselves in the protection of the environment.
We will consider this event as successful if we can:
- Create a meeting space and facilitate the development of new partnerships between companies, associations and public collectivities.
- Define the environmental issues that are the most pressing in the Mediterranean region and draw an overview of the situation with speakers expert in their field.
- Define a collective vision of a “Future Mediterranean”.
Alongside the Sauver la Méditerranée association, we are currently supporting 5 project
Le projet Adopt’1 Spot
held by Mer-Terre.
This association was founded and managed by Isabelle Poitou, reknown across Europe for a research on marine macro-waste. It took part in several research projects with the region and the Environment Ministry.
Mer-Terre is an active member of large associative networks such as the Mer Network, the Graine PACA and the MIO-ESCDE (Mediterranean environment, culture and sustainable development office).
We support the association on one of its main project: the development of the Adopt’1 Spot program, aiming to be the national platform gathering all actors willing to participate in beach clean-up and waste classification.
Le projet CorSeaCare
held by Mare Vivu.
This newly launched, dynamic and ambitious association wishes to facilitate the participation of the Corsican youth in large scale environmental research and protection programs.
The association takes part in national projects such as OBSenMER and work in partnership with national institutes such as Ifremer or the CNRS Toulon. The association won the 2018 Climate Plan Biodiversity Award in 2018 and was pre-selected by the prestigious BeMed jury in 2019. We are proud to be the main sponsor of the 2019 CorSeaCare expedition in 2019, for this association that will be talked about for years to come.
Le projet Chrysalis
held by Earthwake.
The Chrysalis technology developed by the engineer Christophe Costes is the result of three years of research to launch a device able to transform plastic wastes into various fuels through pyrolysis.
Our objective in supporting this project is to participate in the reduction of marine pollution by plastic waste through the valorization of the root of the issue.
It is an innovative technology,which already benefits from the Nice Metropole support. We hope, that it could be spread across the South Mediterranean countries in a very near future.
1 déchet par jour
Created in 2015 by 3 citizens living in Marseille, the association 1 Déchet Par Jour was born from a simple observation: 80% of the litter thrown in the street ends up in the sea.
Through social networks, the founders of the association asked Internet users to collect at least one piece of waste a day and to publish their actions on the Internet (Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
The relay has been and remains massive since today more than 38,000 people follow, publish and share this eco-citizen act all over France and Europe.
Le #1déchetperjour has collected nearly 475,000 kg of waste.
By helping this association, we want to support this great dynamic that allows everyone to participate in changing our habits.
Éducation dans les écoles
held by TAF.
The Animal Fund (TAF) campaigns for a healthy and protected ocean. The association focuses its efforts on protecting the ocean and saving dolphins and whales, which are victims of abuse, overfishing and pollution. Among its many projects, TAF organises awareness courses, clean-ups, sports events, stands and conferences to raise awareness and educate children in schools.
It is to raise awareness among the general public and especially among children, the actors of tomorrow, that we support TAF, an association full of ambition that has already proven itself through its many actions.