Societe Generale CSR Annual Report 2017

Group CSR Annual Report 2017

Corporate responsibility is an integral part of our profession. Our corporate responsibility will cement our position as a benchmark bank for our customers.


Séverin Cabannes Deputy Chief Executive Officer

We have set environmental and social principles that apply to all our activities and that are now taken into account in the daily conduct of our business.

Jean-Michel Mepuis Director of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Group

As bankers, we contribute to the economic, social and sustainable environmental development of the economies in which we operate. We want to help our clients carry out their projects, while being aware of the risks in all their elements, giving just as much importance to the way results are achieved as to the results themselves.

Our formal commitments

Since 2011, Societe Generale has been outlining its commitments in the Environmental and Social (E&S) Principles that govern all our activities. In 2015 the Group reaffirmed its commitment to fighting climate change by establishing a climate strategy that is consistent with the international goal of limiting global warming to 2 °C.

A pioneer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Societe Generale is one of the first French banks to outline its commitment to sustainable development both in France and around the world.

2000: Societe Generale is a founding member and the only French back to participate in the Wolfsberg Group, an association of 13 international banks committed to fight money laundering and corruption.
2001: participation in the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). This public-private partnership between the UN and the global financial sector promotes the adoption of best sustainable development practice at all operational levels of financial institutions.
2003: accession to the UN Global Compact Diversity Charter which encourages businesses to integrate human rights, labour and anti-corruption principles into their operations and strategies.
2004: signatory of the Diversity Charter and compliance with the environmental obligations stipulated by the Grenelle 2 law.
2007: adoption of the Equator Principles , a set of guidelines adopted by financial institutions for determining, assessing and managing social and environmental risk when financing projects.
2014: supported the Green Bond Principles, which aims at establishing a reference framework for green bonds.
2014: Lyxor signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
2015: signing of the Commitments from Investors for Growth Charter.
2015: signing of a Global Agreement on Fundamental Rights with the UNI Global Union.
2015: joined the Soft Commodities Compact of the Banking Environment Initiative to fight deforestation.
2015: joined the Principles for Integrating Climate Action in Financial Institutions.