Our organization


Under the aegis of the "Fondation de France", the Rexel Foundation benefits from a wide range of services such as financial, patrimonial, legal and fiscal advice as well as expertise on societal issues.

The Rexel Foundation is managed by an Executive Committee in order to ensure optimal governance, efficient selection of partners and respect of Rexel’s core principles and ethics.

The Executive Committee is in charge of:

  • Deciding on the strategy of the Foundation.
  • Voting the budget, approving the accounts and loans and determining legal proceedings.
  • Assessing and selecting the projects submitted to the Rexel Foundation, defining the allocated funds and carrying out the annual evaluation of partners according to the pre-defined criteria.

Rexel members

Independent members

    Professor of 'Energy, Resources & Technological Change' for the Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht

    Ernst Worrell (Ph.D.) is Professor and Nobel Prize for Peace 2007 Laureate, Coordinating Lead Author for Industry Chapter of the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 (AR4).

    Professor ‘Energy, Resources & Technological Change’ in the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University, he has led the industrial energy assessment work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory until 2008 and was Director Energy Use & Efficiency at the sustainable energy consulting company Ecofys between 2004 and 2010.

    He was a visiting scientist at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Princeton University, and visiting professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research includes research and evaluation projects in industrial energy and material efficiency improvement, as well as waste management and processing.

    He is author of four IPCC reports. He is (co-) author of over 250 publications. He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling, one of the leading journals in the field of resources efficiency, associate editor of Energy, the International Journal and of Energy Efficiency, and the Encyclopedia of Energy.

    Member of strategic design group and civic entrepreneur of WikiHouse Foundation based in London, UK.

    Alastair Parvin is a designer and civic entrepreneur based in London, UK.

    He is the co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation and a member of strategic design group 00.

    He is currently working on better housing systems, democratic cities & technology made by and for everyone. He also thinks, writes, speaks and advises on strategic design, housing policy and what the digital revolution means for cities, society, markets, sustainable development and our ability to tackle the most social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century.

General Secretary

Our employees, ambassadors of the Rexel Foundation

    Within the framework of its mission to support energy efficiency initiatives, the Rexel Foundation not only provides financial support to its partner organizations but also aims to put them in touch with Rexel employees.

    They can support the initiatives of the Foundation in four ways:

    • By being the Foundation's ambassadors in their country, supporting its team's efforts
    • By participating in a skills-based sponsorship program, putting their know-how and expertise at the service of the associations and social enterprises supported by the Foundation.
    • By participating in initiatives aimed at raising funds, in the Foundation’s awareness programs or payroll giving schemes implemented by some branches of the Group.

    In 2016, 6 projects put forward by collaborators have been launched, among which a project for the equipment of a center of the association "Terre des enfants" with solar panels in Madagascar, and a project aiming at providing energy access for Native American communities in the US - communities with a poverty level that doubles the national average. In 2017, the Foundation supported a French collaborator and its project that intented to renovate an old windmill in order to transform it into an hydroelectric central. It is now producing renewable energy.

    You are a Rexel Group employee and you want to submit a projet idea? Visit the "Submit your project" section!

    • By sponsoring a community project in line with the Foundation’s mission.

    If you are interested in the foundation's mission and feel ready to give some of your time and skills, contact us at rexelfoundation@rexel.com.

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