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Community engagement

Mercialys anchors its centers at the heart of communities by promoting solidarity. Welcoming non-profit organizations at its centers enables it to fully engage in local community life.

2030 goal

 
 
100% of centers open to civil society

How we will achieve this by 2030

  • 100% of centers welcome at least one non-profit organization each year
  • 100% of projects aligned with a co-construction approach with local stakeholders

Our main achievements

Developing community engagement: Mercialys supports non-profit organizations by providing them with free pop-up spaces throughout the year. This enables them to organize operations to build awareness, raise funds or collect goods, such as community clothing drives. In 2020, these initiatives made it possible to collect more than 5.4 tons of clothing brought in by customers to support Secours Populaire and the French Red Cross.

 

Building long-term relationships: Mercialys has chosen to partner with the non-profit Médecins du Monde since 2015. Teams from Médecins du Monde visit the centers to promote their actions and recruit new sponsors. Since 2016, the fundraising campaigns organized in centers across Mercialys’ portfolio have made it possible to recruit some 7,500 sponsors, with total estimated annual donations of over Euro 1 million.

Our key figures for 2020

93
%

of centers welcomed at least one non-profit organization

2015
start of the national partnership with Médecins du Monde
 

Our additional actions

Promoting all forms of solidarity: A number of solidarity-focused initiatives were organized at Mercialys centers in 2020, a year marked by the health crisis. Welcome units were set up for women victims of domestic violence, liaising with the French Ministry of State for Gender Equality. Mercialys has also supported the “one letter one smile” initiative, which involves writing a letter to an elderly person in a retirement or nursing home. This initiative helps maintain connections with these people, who have been isolated during the national lockdown periods. Be part of the “one letter one smile” initiative