Societe Generale group conducts its business with the utmost respect for fundamental human and workers’ rights and for the environment wherever it is in the world.

Corporate responsibility in all its dimensions – economic, social and environmental – has for many years been an integral part of the way we work as bankers.

Frédéric Oudéa, Chief Executive Officer

Governance and management

The Bank complies in full with the obligations set out in the French "Grenelle 2" law on the national commitment for the environment, including those relating to "art. 225" linked to company transparency in environmental and social issues and "art. 75" relating to the publication of a report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Since 2011, the Group has published its Environmental and Social (E&S) General Guidelines, which apply to all its activities and are based on initiatives that it joined between 2001 and 2007.
CSR management at Societe Generale forms an integral part of the Group’s organisation and is implemented by various resources and structures at different levels (governance, compliance and internal control functions, risk committees, new product committees, internal regulations, Code of Conduct, Audit Charter, Tax Code of Conduct, etc.).
The CSR and Sustainable Development Division, under the supervision of General Management via the Group’s General Secretary, is in charge of defining and promoting CSR policy throughout the Group as well as coordinating the activities of its contributors, in conjunction with the business lines and corporate divisions. The Executive Committee defines the broad outlines of the Group’s CSR policy and periodically validates its implementation.
To this end, the committee implemented a reporting system in 2005 to track progress on our CSR policy using five indicator categories:

  • Governance indicators: governance, ethics, compliance, risk culture, etc.
  • Business indicators: social and environmental evaluation of counterparties and projects, product innovation in favour of sustainable development, customer satisfaction, contribution to local development, etc.
  • Social indicators: employment, career and skill management, remuneration, working time, internal dialogue, health, safety, etc.
  • Environmental indicators: environmental management system, environmental awareness, water and energy consumption, transport, paper, waste, etc.
  • Sponsorship indicators.

Governance of Societe Generale group

The Group's CSR Strategy

Societe Generale aims to be a key player, a leading European financial institution in terms of Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR). Our CSR policy involves implementing our commitments, and outlines the following strategic priorities:

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy ensures that the Group upholds each of its commitments and makes sustainable progress according to priority areas related to its global strategy.

Further information

The Bank plays an active short-term and long-term role in supporting the economy and remains attentive to stakeholders who influence the banking sector.

Download the 2016 Group CSR Annual Report