— An initial call for projects was issued specifically to associations that use sport and culture as avenues toward professional integration.
— Societe Generale is raising the allowance of its Foundation to 3 million euros for 2016 and is broadening its field of action to include professional integration through sport and cultural activities.
— Long-term commitments: Societe Generale has been supporting music and sport for nearly 30 years and contemporary art for 20 years.
— Societe Generale is reiterating its support for two exemplary initiatives, Sport Dans La Ville and the Démos project, which the Group has been sponsoring since their inception, and is expanding its commitment to the Divertimento Symphony Orchestra.
"We have been engaged in this field for many years, both through the Societe Generale Foundation’s funding of job readiness organisations and through the direct involvement of our employees as mentors to young people finding their way in the job market. But, at a time when social ties are being strained, it is also our responsibility to get involved earlier in the process alongside those who work directly with young people to support them from the beginning of their journey through society at an age when they start forging their identities. Projects such as Sport dans la Ville and Divertimento are totally in line with our values because they rely on rigour and long-term building. Philippe Oddou and Zahia Ziouani are both participants in an initiative where commitment is the natural companion to excellence. In their view, the pleasure of playing cannot exist without discipline and the desire to make progress. The results they get from youth are extraordinary. We share their vision. They need committed partners to work at their sides, with humility and constancy. We are proud to help them continue their journey," declares Frédéric Oudéa, Chairman and CEO of Societe Generale Group.