A long entrepreneurial adventure serving fellow entrepreneurs. Ever since its establishment in 1864, Societe Generale has been grounded in the economy and has fully embraced its role of supporting companies at key stages of their development.
The bank's ambition is to "support the development of trade and industry". This corporate purpose has traversed the decades, combining the promise of a relationship bank with our primary goal of bringing our clients' projects to life.
Societe Generale has been helping Sabarot grow for the last 141 years!
From the outset, Societe Generale – founded in 1864 by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs – has supported companies' development and has contributed to the sustainability of their business. Having already worked with Sabarot-Wassner, a producer of pulses, red berries, mushrooms and snails in the Haute-Loire region of France, for the last 140 years, in 2015 Societe Generale is still helping that company with its international development.
Sir Edward Blount (1809-1905): a British citizen at the head of Societe Generale
Edward Blount, the British financier, was one of the founding fathers of Societe Generale, of which he ultimately became Chairman. Profile of a Francophile banker with many talents, who left his mark on the Group's history.
Societe Generale put to the test in the Great War
Setting out to conquer rail
1987: privatisation of Societe Generale
A special role in the Marshall Plan
Societe Generale and the Eiffel Tower
From the beginning: a history of entrepreneurial bankers
London calling! 1871: the Group's first overseas site
Societe Generale without borders
Industry before banking
1901: banking to support industry
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The spirit of innovation spans all the bank's activities. it accompanies economic development, the growth of financial systems and banking services penetration and the expansion of companies that Societe Generale supports. It is also reflected in the Group's real estate, an inheritance that is continually enriched and renewed.
Our collective strength affords us an exceptional ability to motivate our teams. Fifty years ago, our chairman Maurice Lorain could already state: "Societe Generale's main virtue was, is, and must remain, its team spirit!" Our DNA is an asset that we use to reinvent our businesses, by predicting future changes in the world we live in. We want to make Societe Generale THE banking business of the 21st century.
Created in 2005, the Historical Mission works to perpetuate and enhance the Group’s heritage.