For over 100 years, Societe Generale has been present in Africa and today counts activities in 18 countries. Beyond our commitment to local economies, the Group also supports and partners numerous charitable associations and projects through its Foundation and other local initiatives encouraging, for example, professional integration, the fight against social insecurity and skills development.
Frédéric Oudéa CEO
Our Foundation has a dedicated programme to help African people to grow. We do this with our partners and we will dedicate €1 million per year
Women In Africa
The Women in Africa Foundation supports women entrepreneurs in Africa via an endowment fund to fulfill its general interest mission and the promotion of education in the field of economic development, and more specifically the training of future creators of innovative companies. This year, the foundation is launching Project 54 in collaboration with Societe Generale, a major sponsor of the project.
Favour the development of human capital in Africa
With a presence in 19 African countries, Société Générale responds positively to the challenges regarding the development of the African continent through the active support of its corporate foundation for solidarity-based initiatives that target education and professional integration, its two lines of intervention.
Simplon: digital technology in aid of the underprivileged
Simplon.co is a social enterprise that offers free intensive training in web-based professions. Available worldwide and open to all, its main goal is to help integrate underprivileged members of society and job seekers, in particular categories that are under-represented in web-based professions.
CARE: development programmes in aid of the impoverished
CARE works to help the poorest of people in more than 90 countries (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe), setting up development programmes around education, equality, food and water safety, sanitisation, the environment, micro-entrepreneurship, healthcare and human rights.
Terres en Mêlées: developing education through rugby
Terres en Mêlées (TEM) designs educational programmes through rugby and environmental education for children living in remote and marginalised areas. It trains and qualifies teachers and assists them in setting up sports and environmental education programmes for schools.
The journey of a lifetime with rugby
A pioneer in using rugby as an educational tool, Terres en mêlées is a French association active in five countries, who aim to promote greater social equality for girls, equality between boys and girls, environmental protection and intercultural dialogue. To mark Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, the association, supported by Societe Generale, brought a group of young people from remote fishing and farming villages in Madagascar to the tournament and take part in the Societe Generale Rugby Spirit Festival.
Also across the continent
Apart from these three main associations, Societe Generale also supports other associations in other African countries involved in professional or educational integration activities and projects enabling integration through sports and cultural activities. These activities form part of our bank's social mission for the development of Africa.
At local level
Tunisia: first Digital Home by UIB
The Solidarity & Innovation by UIB Foundation, which aims to develop digital culture among a young population - early childhood, pre-adolescence and adolescence – launched on March 8th, in partnership with the ATVESOS Association, the "Digital Home by UIB" in the SOS Children's Village of Gammarth, north-east of Tunis.