Establishment of an Ethics Committee

The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has based its development on values such as courage, generosity, solidarity, respect, loyalty, and is committed to applying these principles that are shared by the Rallye’s partners and participants.

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has decided to enrich this common body of references, with the creation of an Ethics Committee composed of celebrities and partners.

This independent consultative body has the following mission:

- To consider the ethical issues raised by the actions associated with the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, taking into account the final nature of its consequences,

- To propose ethical principles relating to the implications of sustainable, environmental, social, sport and solidarity development.

- To answer the question "How can we do better?"

The 22nd of october 2009 in l'Elysée, all the members signed the charter of the Ethics committee binding themselves towards the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.

Members of tje Ethics committee:

Madame Christine LAGARDE

Ministre de l'Economie, de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi

Monsieur Olivier STIRN
Conseiller à la Présidence de la République pour l'Union Pour la Méditerranée

Monsieur André AZOULAY
Conseiller de Sa Majesté Le Roi Mohammed VI

Monsieur Jean-Paul BAILLY
Président Directeur Général du groupe La Poste

Directeur Général, Total E&P Afrique

Monsieur Fathallah SIJILMASSI
Directeur Général de l' Agence Marocaine pour le Développement des Investissements

Monsieur Roger KAROUTCHI
Ancien Ministre, Président de la Commission des Finances du Conseil Régional Ile de France et Ambassadeur de France auprès de l'OCDE

Monsieur Driss BENHIMA
Président Directeur Général de Royal Air Maroc

Monsieur Mardochée DEVICO
Président Directeur Général des Conserveries de Meknès – Aïcha

Monsieur Hamid ADDOU
Directeur Général de l'Office National Marocain du Tourisme dans le monde

Madame Fathia BENNIS
Présidente Directrice Générale de Maroclear

Madame Valérie BERNIS
Directrice de la Communication et de la Communication Financière GDF SUEZ

Monsieur Medhi BOUCHAARA
Directeur Général Adjoint des Celliers de Meknès

Madame Marie-Annick DARMAILLAC
Directeur Ethique et Gouvernance Groupe Bolloré

Madame Dominique BLANCHECOTTE
Directrice de la Fondation La Poste

Monsieur Alain DORISON
Inspecteur Général des Finances à l'Inspection Générale des Finances

Monsieur Michel ROUSSIN
Membre du Bureau du Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental, Ancien Ministre de la Coopération

Madame Claire MARTIN
Directrice de la Fondation Renault

Monsieur Michel MATEU
Président Directeur Général d'Hexis

Monsieur Jean-Marc LAZZARI
Président Directeur Général de Logica

Monsieur Jean-Michel HOURY
Président Directeur Général de Neo Security

Madame Solange STRICKER
Présidente de Finincom, Agence Conseil en Communication et Publicité Financière et Institutionnelle

Monsieur Philippe STREIFF
Conseiller Technique Handicap au Ministère de l'Écologie, de l'Energie, du Développement Durable et de la Mer,
au sein de la Direction de la Sécurité et de la Circulation Routières

Madame Yolaine DE LA BIGNE
Journaliste et Fondatrice de Néoplanète

Monsieur François GIRBAUD
Créateur de mode

Monsieur Bruno FUCHS
Président Directeur Général d'Image & Stratégie

Monsieur Marc LEVY

Madame Dominique SERRA
Présidente du Comité d'Ethique

The scope of the Committee has been defined as follows:

Respect for the environment:

The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles du Maroc is the first Rally Raid to adopt an environmental and socially responsible approach.
Aware of our responsibility towards our contemporaries as well as the future generations, the Committee intends to ensure compliance with international standards for environmental protection and find innovative solutions to reduce the Rallye's environmental footprint. With this in mind, Maïenga has voluntarily begun the process for obtaining international environmental standards certification: ISO 14001*.


In keeping with the Rallye's two principal values, sharing and solidarity, the Ethics Committee must continue the actions that have already been initiated and be a driving force, in order to “optimize” these social and sustainable development initiatives.

Sports Ethic:

The basis and objective of sports ethics is to defend the dignity of the individual through the harmony of body, heart and spirit. The development of sporting activities thus requires education and training aimed at promoting values such as respect for the opponent, who should be considered as a partner, a clear understanding of oneself, one’s strengths and limits, solidarity, generosity, self-sacrifice, mutual understanding and humility, the fight against all forms of violence or cheating and a commitment to defend fairness in sport, loyalty and
fair-play .
Aware of the importance of these values, the Ethics Committee will look into the ethical issues of sport and make recommendations for the application of ethics to the practice of motorized, orientation and "nature" sports.

Commitment :
Above and beyond its identity as a challenging sports event, this rally is also a wonderful opportunity for cooperation and exchange between women from around the world.
These women share the desire to protect the environment and to help others through Heart of Gazelles Association. The women who take part in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc come together from all over Europe and cross the Mediterranean Sea to Tangiers, where, once on Moroccan ground, they join the other participants from the USA, Canada, Morocco and elsewhere, carrying within them the message of the Union for the Mediterranean.
In this regard, Maïenga wishes to encourage and reward the noble actions carried out by these women, and will award 2 prizes to persons from UMed countries:
- the Entrepreneurship Prize,
- the Sustainable Development Prize
The Ethics Committee will be charged with identifying potential candidates and selecting the two winners.

Spirit of Solidarity:

The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc brings together women who are committed to a competition with a sense of solidarity. This challenge requieres courage, strenght, pugnacity to surpass oneself and mutual aid. Beyond the necessary personal qualities, the Gazelles are spreading an international message of tolerance, modernity, social fairness and solidarity.  
The Committee will guarantee the continuation of this mentality and code of ethics, which have allowed and will continue to allow the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc to pursue its activities with and for women.