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).

  • 1991

    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®.

  • 2000

    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.

  • 2017

    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.

  • 2018

    A new president

    In June, Patrice Papet became the new Planète Urgence President.

Our values

  • Commitment

    Our volunteers and teams fully commit to their assignments in order to meet the needs of local populations and reduce social and financial disparities.

  • Ethics

    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.

  • Fairness

    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.

Key figures


    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.




The SOS GROUP in brief


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