We believe that business plays a major role in civil society, and ours puts us at the heart of economic and social progress. Because of this, our Group pursues corporate citizenship initiatives on a daily basis. Our efforts focus particularly on contemporary art, music, rugby, golf and disabled sports.
At Societe Generale, we put our Citizen Commitment into practice through the initiatives of the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation for Solidarity and the involvement of both our retired and current employees. We strive to demonstrate each commitment through practical actions undertaken in partnership with charitable organizations working at local, national and international levels, firstly supporting professional integrations: in 2012, 93 projects were funded in France and abroad, with a total budget of €2 million.
Active involvement of employees through skill-sharing program with "Pro Bono Day" to celebrate its 150th anniversary, this year has been organized the Citizen Commitment Games, giving all employees around the world the opportunity to take part a sports initiative organized with beneficial purposes. The initiative has allowed us to collect € 790,000 devolved to 58 charities to mobilize more than 20,000 employees including 4,500 athletes, 506 volunteers and 15,017 supporters. More than 2,000 employees of SG from all over the world had the opportunity to meet for the final organized June 17, 2014 in Marcoussis, near Paris, taking part in 6 different sports, with 126 finalists, and sharing an exciting time to healthy team spirit and charity.
In Italy the GCC have seen the involvement of all the Group entities (Société Générale Securities Services, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, ALD Automotive, Fiditalia, SG SG Equipment Finance and Insurance), with the participation of approximately 120 employees, of which 100 athletes and 20 volunteers, and collecting € 25,000 donated to ACTIONAID. The different lines of business of the Group SG in Italy, in such a way have decided to support the project ACTIONAID AND SPORT that, starting in 2014 with the FIFA World Cup, EXPO 2015 and the Olympics in Rio 2016, will promote a number of initiatives dedicated to sport and leisure, involving children and adolescents to give them an alternative to the road and promote their social inclusion.
Click here to listen to the testimonies of what happened on a special day where everyone could "be a part of something bigger" http://www.societegenerale.com/en/about-us/our-commitments/corporate-citizenship
Classical music and contemporary art are two key areas of Societe Generale’s cultural patronage policy. This policy is perfectly aligned with the Group's culture and core values and is characterised by:
- steadfast, ongoing Group commitments over several decades
- the desire to promote creativity and innovation with a focus on excellence, reflecting the high expectations that Societe Generale teams have of their own performance
- a commitment to open-mindedness, outreach and discussion with all relevant audiences—the cultural community, the general public and Group employees.
A commitment that has seen the Group to support classical music since 1987, in France through Mécénat Musical Société Générale (MMSG): Providing musical instruments on loan to young musicians, scholarships for students of the National Conservatory, creating school orchestras.
The inspiration for the art instead came with the construction of the towers of Société Générale de La Défense in Paris, with its wide open spaces has allowed us to start collecting art since 1995 Over time it has become a real own initiative and cultural patronage, thanks to a collection that has continued to grow making use of some of the biggest names in contemporary art as Pierre Soulages, Pierre Aleschinsky, Zao Wou-Ki, Antoni Tàpies and Thomas Ruff, as well as young artists enterprising in emerging countries.
For more information: http://www.societegenerale.com/en/abous-us/commitments/cultural-patronage or discover the modern art collection of the Societe Generale artists enterprising coming from emerging countries http://www.collectionsocietegenerale.com/en/
Societe Generale is passionate about sport. Since the group was created in 1864, the ties between the company and sport have grown tighter, offering a wealth of shared experience and exchanges between the two worlds.
Societe Generale's strategy has adapted to the significant changes in the sporting world but the bank's commitment has remained steadfast. Today, Societe Generale Group lends its support to the development and practice of sport in three different areas: rugby, golf and disabled sports. This multi-sport strategy has paid off, particularly with the decision to recognise Rugby Sevens and Golf as Olympic sports beginning with the 2016 games. Alongside the Paralympic Games, this new showcase will offer Societe Generale new challenges and significant opportunities.
“Because we love rugby”, the Group for over 26 years has applied its value on team spirit and commitment to supporting a sport that best embodies: the rugby. It supports over 450 amateur clubs in France and is the official sponsor of the French National Assembly. Since 2007, Societe Generale is also a global sponsor of the Rugby World Cup.
Next to rugby in 2013 celebrated 10 years of collaboration with the Federation Française Handisport (disabled sports federation French), during which as Partner helped organize local, national and international, and the first Paralympic Games in line.
For more information: http://www.societegenerale.com/en/about-us/commitments/sports-sponsorship