Societe Generale works each day throughout the year to promote the integration of persons with disabilities. The French Disabled Sports Federation (FFH - Fédération Française Handisport) endeavours to organise and support disabled sports with help from Societe Generale.
The support given, every two years, to the French Paralympic teams during the Paralympic Games gives this commitment an international echo. Locally, the Group provides further support by backing local events as well as clubs and committees.
Working alongside the French Federation for Disabled Sport
Societe Generale is proud to have been standing beside the French Federation for Disabled Sport since 2003 and of working throughout the years to deepen our relationship based on our shared values. Regardless of the nature of the project (long-standing partnerships at the national level or specific, short-term sponsorship of an initiative or help at a local event), this partnership is the best way Societe Generale can display its team spirit, a value that is part of the bank's core DNA, through our support for all Paralympic athletes in everyday life and at major events.
The Paralympic Games, major events to promote disabled sports
The Paralympic Games are a major event for promoting disabled sports. Every two years, Societe Generale partners with the French Paralympic team to support the athletes and add lustre to France’s international image. The FFH (Fédération Française de Handisport - French Federation for Disabled Sport) organises several international events for all ages in France every year. Societe Generale is committed to helping organise these competitions. In addition, Societe Generale has also set the goal of raising the awareness of its audiences, the bank's clients and employees, by inviting them to attend these exhilarating international competitions. During the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, Societe Generale provided 150 of its customers with the opportunity to share in the enthusiasm surrounding the sporting event. For the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Societe Generale invited 8 bloggers to the event through a competition on its Facebook page ("Tous Handisport"), giving them the opportunity to get a real insiders’ view and accompany the supporters of the French team.
Societe Generale ambassadors
Marie Bochet, paraolympic gold medalist in skiing
Competing in top-level sports requires tremendous personal commitment. To help her train under proper conditions while pursuing her studies, Societe Generale has been actively supporting Marie Bochet since 2010.
A multiple champion in para-alpine skiing who received eight gold medals (4 at Sochi and 4 at PyeongChang), Marie continues her quest for medals in 2019. Societe Generale is proud to support such a model athlete.
Perle Bouge, world champion in rowing
Supported by Societe Generale since 2014, Perle Bouge won gold in the world championship in 2018 in her category : skiff in rowing. After obtaining silver in 2012 and bronze in 2016, she is going for gold at the next Paralympics held in Tokyo. In addition to her athletic career, Perle Bouge works for the French Disabled Sports Federation.
Jonathan Hivernat, captain of the French quad rugby team
Jonathan Hivernat is sponsored by Societe Generale since 2017. He is the captain of the French quad rugby team who got 7th place at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and 5th place at the World Championship in 2018. He also won the French Cup with his club the Stade Toulousain 7 times in a row.
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Our rugby initiatives demonstrate the nature of our commitment to this sport: steadfast support of the French national rugby union team and amateur clubs, official partner of the World Cup and organiser of university tournaments, etc. Societe Generale has been present on all fronts for over 25 years.
In collaboration with the French Golf Federation, of which Societe Generale is an official sponsor, we support its members in their pursuit of the sport. On the international stage, we support the Evian Championship, which offers a central platform for the various support initiatives carried out by all of the Group's brands.