Thierry de La Tour d'Artaise, chairman and CEO of the France-based Groupe SEB, has been named as this year's Lifetime Humanitarian by the Housewares Charity Foundation in recognition of the numerous programs he has championed through the Groupe SEB Foundation.
The vocation of the Groupe SEB Foundation, funded by a five-year budget of €3 million (approx. US$4.5 million), is to fight against social exclusion by helping people return to employment, improving their living conditions at home and providing access to education and training.
"It is a great honor for us to be recognized for our efforts by the Housewares Charity Foundation," says de La Tour d'Artaise, "We strive to mobilize our company's human and financial resources, in partnership with such organizations as Envie, The Second Chance Foundation, Habitat & Humanisme and No to Waste. Our Foundation's priority is to contribute towards the social integration of the greatest possible number of people."
The Housewares Charity Foundation will honor Thierry de La Tour d'Artaise at its 11th annual Gala held on March 17 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in conjunction with the International Home and Housewares Show.