History and values
Planète Urgence history
Planète Urgence is a non-profit official association with registered charity status. Our mission is to promote international solidarity and environmental protection. Our association was founded in Paris in 2000 by NGO professionals (Médecins du Monde and Handicap International).
An emerging idea
During the Gulf War, Hervé Dubois was a logistics officer at Medecins du Monde. He noticed that some skills could be useful for international solidarity and would help meet the many needs not covered by normal cooperation models. A new type of involvement needed to be created to meet the needs of international solidarity stakeholders on the ground and the desire of citizens wanting to get involved. Hervé Dubois made that concept a reality by founding an association called Congé Solidaire®.
A desire to provide a complete Human and Environment response
In 2005, after the tsunami desaster, the association changed its name to become Planète Urgence in order to reflect its wider scope of operations and the launch of the Environment & Development programme for environmental protection, while also supporting populations’ economic development.
Integration with the SOS Group
In 2017 Planète Urgence joined the SOS Group led by Jean-Marc Borello, becoming the sixth association in this international solidarity hub alongside Ginkgo - Volunteers in Action, Santé Sud, Djantoli, Afghanistan Libre and Play International.
Collaborating with Ginkgo
Planète Urgence started working closer with Ginkgo - Volunteers in Action, another NGO member of SOS Group. Over the years, our teams have merged and restructured.
A new president
In June, Patrice Papet became the new Planète Urgence President.
Our volunteers and teams fully commit to their assignments in order to meet the needs of local populations and reduce social and financial disparities.
Our association establishes trusted partnerships both at head office and on the ground with organisations that uphold certain ethics (human rights, transparency, etc.) and therefore systematically seek those with the same values when forming partnerships.
Our association is built on a desire to defend and promote social justice, with the needs of the most vulnerable populations being a core focus of our work.
volunteers gone on a volunteering mission, half of them with the support of their employer
citizen volunteers per year on average
projects supported in 32 countries with 467 local partners
of trees planted within the framework of the Environment and Development program
school eco-kits distributed
companies, company foundations, works councils and partner communities
An SOS Group association
35 years ago, GROUPE SOS was created with the ambition to fight against exclusions in all their forms. The group has progressively diversified and now tackles society’s issues in eight areas: youth, employment, solidarity, healthcare and the elderly, ecological transition, and international action. With 18,000 employees, 550 establishments, and 950 million turnover it forms the biggest European social enterprise.
The Group, presided by Jean-Marc Borello,has made social innovation a core focus of its practices, proving that it is possible to create a solid organisation capable of creating and ensuring the longevity of economic activities while also having a strong social impact. These organizations (enterprises, associations) pool their expenses, stabilize their financial situation, create synergies, professionalize their practices, innovate, grow… In order to always better meet the needs of our society by providing new solutions adapted to the main social, economic and environmental challenges.