Ardian’s commitment to social mobility

The Ardian Foundation, set up in 2010, funds projects that improve educational and employment opportunities for children, young people and entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is active in many of the countries where we operate, channeling money to the organizations that deliver these programs, as well as enabling our staff to get involved as volunteers. More than a fourth of them give their time and knowledge to support the Foundation’s work.

  • €2,3M

    budget in 2020

  • 25 %

    employee involved in the Foundation

  • 39

    partner charities supported

A central element of Ardian’s ESG activities

The Foundation embodies our commitment to be an excellent corporate citizen. It allows us to share Ardian’s financial success – and the skills and knowledge of our extremely talented employees – by supporting projects that produce positive social impact. We focus our efforts on enhancing social mobility for those most at risk of being left behind.

As Ardian grows, the Foundation grows too

Since we set up the Foundation, Ardian has expanded hugely to become one of the largest private investment companies in the world. We have committed to a big expansion in funding for the Foundation to reflect Ardian’s growing global stature. We aim to provide more funding for more projects in more countries.

The Foundation expresses our values and culture

People who work for Ardian or partner with us want to understand what sort of company we are. The Foundation helps to answer that question. It is vital in attracting potential employees and business partners who share our values, which in turn strengthens our culture. And it gives our staff opportunities to actively support causes that are close to their heart.

Our Projects

The Foundation supports a wide range of projects that promote social mobility and inclusion for children, young people and entrepreneurs. We currently fund 39 partner organizations that deliver programs in France, Italy, Germany, the UK, China and the US.

Nylaan Faye Postel, Entrepreneur and winner of the 3,2,1 program by the Ardian Foundation

Nylaan is an young entrepreneur and a winner of the 3,2,1 program by the Ardian Foundation. She is committed to giving back to society and works with talented people in the Seine Saint Denis region near Paris. Discover her project.

Discover our mentoring program: testimonials

Sofia Hmich

Sofia, Founder - Future Positive Capital

"I was admitted to Europe's biggest business school, HEC, even though I attended a challenging high school in La Courneuve, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris. It just proves that there are talented people everywhere. We have to find a way to show this and seize the opportunities that arise. After receiving so much, I naturally wanted to give back, and offer a hand in return, just as they did for me. The mentoring program gave me a chance to do so: I'm a Frateli Ambassador and I myself have become a mentor."

Elias & Arthur de Salins Ardian oundation

Elias, Engineer in Paris

"My name is Elias, I'm from Aleppo in Syria, and I’m currently an engineer living and working in Paris. In 2011, as class major, I graduated valedictorian from the University of Aleppo with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. I came to France in 2013 thanks to a scholarship of excellence from the French government, the Eiffel scholarship, to study for a Master 2 in Telecommunications. But this financial assistance and these tools would have been nothing without the support and follow-up provided by my sponsor, Mr. Arthur de Salins. Arthur has been more than a mentor to me, he has become my friend."

Mehdi Belkahla

Mehdi, Associate Investment Banking - Rothschild & Co.

"After graduating from a high school in the Paris suburbs, I decided to attend a business school. One of my teachers introduced me to the Frateli association, of which the Ardian Foundation is a partner, and Jérémie Delecourt, Member of the Ardian Executive Committee, became my mentor during my first year. The help Jeremie gave me was considerable and very diverse: he inspired me to work hard during difficult times and shared his knowledge of finance and his network with me."

Ardian multiplies its social impact through the work of the Foundation. We distribute well over €2m a year already and our plans to expand the Foundation’s budget significantly are well advanced.

Yann Bak President of the Ardian Foundation


Ardian Foundation - Activity Report 2020

"The Ardian Foundation has come so far over the past ten years and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together. This work helps to change people's lives." Dominique Senequier, President of Ardian

Discover the 2020 Ardian Foundation Activity Report.