A long and wonderful history of entrepreneurs
Societe Generale is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Our history is not just about the past, it is also about what we are today and what we want to be in the future.
It's a story that goes to the roots of our identity: our founders' entrepreneurial spirit, innovation spirit and team spirit are what drive us to continue their journey with the same entrepreneurial energy.
Our history is first and foremost a great journey of entrepreneurs serving other entrepreneurs. Founded by a group of industrialists and financiers driven by the ideals of progress, Societe Generale's mission has always been "fostering business and industrial growth."
Over the course of history, Societe Generale has shown it can stay true to its values while continually reinventing itself for the changing needs of its time. This is what we are focusing on for our 150th anniversary. By tracing our roots, we look to the future with the humility of those who have made it through the hard times and the optimism of those who will always be guided by entrepreneurial spirit, making Societe Generale the bank of the 21st century.
From the beginning: Supporting the development of trade and industry
"Societe Generale ... to support the development of trade and industry in France". One hundred and fifty years ago, Napoleon III signed Societe Generale's founding decree. In order to serve the economy, its founders made entrepreneurial spirit the bank's raison d'être.
Societe Generale advertising posters, 1864 / 2014
© Anonymous / Imp. Chaix. Societe Generale's Historical Archives
Since it was founded, Societe Generale has always contributed to the development of railways, in line with the desires of its founders who were leading industrialists.
© Jacques Auriac - de la Vasselais. Societe Generale's Historical Archives
Societe Generale was ground-breaking in its creation of the first Sicavs (open-ended funds) as well as Sogévars (general savings and investment companies), Soginters (general international savings and investment companies) and Sogépargnes (general savings companies).
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Created in 2005, the Historical Mission works to perpetuate and enhance the Group’s heritage.