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Message from Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild

Our world has recently been faced with unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges resulting from the erratic management of financial institutions and public policy. This situation has been further compounded by the careless exploitation of our natural resources. Such turmoil is taking place in a context of heightened geo-political tensions fed by a number of regional conflicts across the planet. Although this phenomenon is not new, it could grow worse and spiral out of control if decision makers, the world of business and civil society do not take a clear stand in the competition for dwindling resources.

We all have a role to play in building a better world for our children. In our own case, we were exceptionally fortunate to inherit a unique philanthropic tradition based on a longstanding commitment to solidarity, social responsibility and the advancement of knowledge. Today it is our turn and our duty to preserve this legacy. By helping new talent emerge, and by devising innovative solutions to current challenges, our Foundations work each day to ensure that our vision will translate into lasting achievements in science, the environment, the arts, education and social entrepreneurship.

The people we believe in and the projects we support provide the best illustration of our faith in human potential, our commitment to the value of sharing and our pursuit of excellence.

Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild