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.
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 ,on the other hand, came with the construction of the towers of Société Générale de at La Défense in Paris, with its wide open spaces which have allowed us to start collecting art since 1995. Over time it has become a real in house initiative and cultural patronage, thanks to a collection that has continued to grow, featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary art such as Pierre Soulages, Pierre Aleschinsky, Zao Wou-Ki, Antoni Tàpies and Thomas Ruff, as well as young enterprising artists from 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 it: 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.
Apart from rugby in 2013 Societe Generale celebrated 10 years of collaboration with the Federation Française Handisport (French disabled sports federation), during which as Partner helped organize local, national and international, and the first Paralympic Games.
For more information: http://www.societegenerale.com/en/about-us/commitments/sports-sponsorship