Closing the first edition of the Senate’s Business Day, Afnic was invited with 16 French companies to receive the Award attesting to the excellence of its quality initiative from Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate.
In December 2014, the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) awarded Afnic its “Recognized for Excellence – 4 Stars” label for all of the association’s managerial processes, after an audit carried out by AFNOR, the French national organization for standardization. The recognition, which crowns the efforts of all the association’s employees since 2012, illustrates its commitment to operational excellence in serving its customers, and the stakeholders in the association in general.
“Being recognized for our work and our expertise is a strong argument in showing how competitive we are in an internationally free market environment,” said Mathieu Weill.
Since 2012, when Afnic was appointed as the registry for the .fr TLD, the association has developed its activities by extending them to new gTLDs such as .paris. It has developed its involvement with the French Internet community, particularly in the context of the transition oversight of the IANA function by the Government of the United States. Finally, it has established the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the first call for proposals for which was published on March 3, 2016.
These are just three examples of the results made possible by the quality process induced by EFQM, which affects Afnic stakeholders across the board, from its customers, to the State and the French Internet community.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.