Societe Generale Group is developing an active diversity policy, notably in terms of gender parity. Beyond the ethical and societal issues, the conviction has emerged that innovation and achievement start with the sharing of ideas between people of varied profiles. On International Women’s Day 2016, find out more about the Group’s commitments and actions, and discover some of the profiles of our female talent: committed, resourceful and innovative in their everyday lives.

Reflecting the diversity of the world

There are two ways of understanding diversity. The first emphasises the quota principle, most often in order to meet regulatory requirements. The second is based on commitment and an affirmation of societal values. It is this approach that Societe Generale has adopted. An extremely simple observation underlies the initiatives taken: we cannot aim to understand a constantly changing environment, and above all the aspirations of our clients, if our own workforce does not reflect a plurality of backgrounds.

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Diversity and gender parity - 31.12.2015

  • 122 nationalities represented

  • 60% of employees outside of mainland France

  • 59% of women within the Group

  • 21% of women in Senior Management (Top 1,000)

  • 43% of women among managers

  • 50% of women within the Board of Directors
    (7 women, including 2 staff-elected directors)

  • 15% of women in the Executive Committee

  • 20% of women in the Board of Directors
    (12 women instead of 6 at the beginning of 2010)

  • 2,302 disabled employees worldwide (1.6% of the overall headcount)

A Woman's Perspective

Francoise Mercadal-Delasalles

At the head of a team of nearly 13,000 professionals based around the world, Françoise Mercadal-Delasalles is in charge of the transformation of IT businesses at Societe Generale. Her view of diversity? Finding value in difference by attracting and promoting all talents without prejudice.


Caroline Guillaumin

After serving as head of communications for Alcatel Lucent and SFR, Caroline Guillaumin is currently in charge of this division at Societe Generale Group, one of her principal missions is promoting the bank’s digitalisation around the world. She is one of two female members on the Executive Committee.


Female talent

The future, source of opportunities - Marie-Christine Ducholet

Marie-Christine Ducholet, CEO of Societe Generale Equipment Finance (SGEF), is responsible for the management of 20 billion euros’ worth of assets contributing to the performance of 236,000 client companies all over the world.


Business sense and family values - Pascale Moreau

With a team of 170 employees located around the world, Pascale Moreau helps companies manage risks relating to fluctuations in exchange and interest rates, while promoting the values of excellence, solidarity and professional ethics.


Ambassador of the digital revolution - Hélène Lac Le Gall

Hélène Lac Le Gall, an expert in IT project management, is experiencing Societe Generale’s digital transition from within the retail bank, with its iconic brands like Societe Generale, Crédit du Nord and Boursorama. Her job? To facilitate the implementation of nearly 300 IT projects by acting as an ambassador between the various business management teams and the teams of developers.


An American committed to working with youth - Cynthia Tronco

French-American, Cynthia Tronco is an expert in IT architecture. For the past several months, she has mentored a young female student in an initiative launched by the programme Capital Filles, of which Societe Generale is a founding member.


Cathia Lawson-Hall - Manager of the Year 2015

For Societe Generale, this award is recognition of all its talented female staff and of the Group’s diversity policy. The development and the promotion of women and staff with an international profile to posts of responsibility are important levers for economic performance and are at the heart of it's diversity policy.

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Women in history

Pauline Mondange, a woman of conviction

Spring 1917. The war was bogged down in a bloody stalemate. Pauline Mondange, a young shorthand typist, emerged from obscurity to become the voice of Societe Generale's female employees. Here's a look at an iconic figure.