Rueil-Malmaison (France), June 20, 2011 – The Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Luli, its international campaign to encourage Schneider Electric employees to give back to the community.

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Launched in 2001, the Luli campaign aims to showcase local initiatives championed by Schneider Electric employees worldwide to support association-based partnerships and projects in the area of school-to-work transition and vocational training. Each year, Schneider Electric organizes a weeklong Luli event where partner associations can come onsite to present their initiatives and provide updates on the results, encouraging employees to make a contribution in the form of volunteer work and/or donations. It also gives employees the opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, outside their daily work routine.
“Each year, Luli reaches even more Schneider Electric employees and partner associations in dozens of countries," says Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development at Schneider Electric and Managing Director of the Schneider Electric Foundation. “In 2010, the event drummed up support for more than 80 projects in 50 countries, half of which promote vocational training in energy-related fields.”

This year, Luli will take place from June 20-24 as part of the European Year of Volunteering. Alongside the Schneider Electric Foundation, around 20 companies¹ will carry out similar initiatives, as part of the nationwide Défis Mecenova campaign led by French non-profit IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité. During the event, “volunteer matching” sessions will be organized at Schneider Electric sites in France and abroad to present volunteer opportunities to Group employees.

Luli 2011 will end with a conference on employee volunteering at Schneider Electric's headquarters starting at 1pm on Friday, June 24. The guest list includes Jeannette Bougrab, Minister of State, attached to the Minister for National Education, Youth and Voluntary Organizations², responsible for Youth and Voluntary Organizations ; Marie Trellu-Kane, Co-Founder and President of Unis-Cité; Henri de Reboul, Executive Director of IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité; François Bonifacio, CEO of Capgemini Outsourcing Services France; Gilles Vermot Desroches, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development at Schneider Electric and Managing Director of the Schneider Electric Foundation and Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President and CEO of Schneider Electric.

¹Participating companies: Albax, Banque Populaire Côte d’Azur, Bayer, Capgemini, Convers Télémarketing, Crédit Agricole Centre Est, Crédit Agricole SA, Deloitte, Galderma R&D, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Koné, La Poste, Le Palais de la Méditerranée, Linklaters, Marineland, Markem Imaje, Schneider Electric, Seb, SFR, Société Générale, Veolia Eau and WIT.
²To be confirmed.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 19.6 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

About the Schneider Electric Foundation
From transmitting knowledge to sharing energy, the Schneider Electric Foundation plays an active role in Schneider Electric’s commitment to sustainable development. Created in 1998 under the aegis of the Foundation de France, the Schneider Electric Foundation participates in projects that emphasize sustainable and practical training and job opportunities for young people, primarily in energy related careers, education for sustainable development through innovative projects and support for emergency operations following natural disasters, always with a focus on fostering the personal, long-term involvement of its employees worldwide.

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