About us
The Action Tank is a not-for-profit organization which was set up in 2010 under the lead of Martin Hirsch and Emmanuel Faber. The Action Tank brings together corporations, NGOs, academia and the public sector in order to build social business projects aiming at alleviating poverty and exclusion in France Read more
Our projects
All our projects are driven by the same goal, which consists in maximizing social impact for our beneficiaries through their empowerment. Our projects are in line with social business principles: they are financially self-sustainable. Read more
"Innovative ways of fighting poverty"
A symposium on innovative ways of fighting poverty was held on Tuesday 13th December 2016. Two think tanks - Terra Nova and the Institut Montaigne – joined the ActionTank to confront their views on three different topics : the reshaping of social benefits, the renovation of dilapidated condominiums, and the use of digital resources to alleviate poverty. Read more

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A few words about us 

Our goal is to help large corporations develop and scale-up projects with social impact and viable business models.

A word from our Co-Presidents

In our country, the poor pay more for goods and services than the rest of the population. The issue is not about them being less informed or less educated. The issue has to do with access and favourable price structures. 

Martin Hirsch

Chief Executive of the Greater Paris University Hospitals (AP-HP), former Head Commissioner in the French Government

The purpose of a company is to create value but also to share it, so that wealth is produced without generating more poverty.

Emmanuel Faber

CEO of Danone


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Our member organizations

The organizations who took part in our working groups or with whom we initiated a project.

Action Tank Social & Business:

An innovative ecosystem