Supporting our 145,700 employees in their professional and personal development, enhancing their skills and offering a framework for dialogue and diversity of profiles. These are our commitments as a responsible employer.

Our ambition to become “THE relationship-focused bank” places men and women within the company at the heart of the banking model. With this ambition, we choose to link closely and formally human and strategy, corporate culture and performance.

Édouard-Malo Henry, Group Head of Human Resources

Supporting transformations, evolutions in our business lines and mobility throughout our company

The banking landscape is undergoing profound changes: shifts in the expectations of our clients and stakeholders, the emergence of new technologies and the regulatory framework are transforming our business lines and the required skills to practice our professions. This is why we must plan ahead for the skills that will be needed in our business lines in the future and to enable our employees to enhance their employability through training and the identification of relevant career paths while simultaneously recruiting the best profiles for growing or nascent businesses. Our role as an employer is also to support the organisational changes that are necessary to our business lines, including our employees and their representatives as much as possible.

In 2016:

  • 59% of Group staff are women
  • 16,283 permanent contracts recruited
  • 22,711 internal moves worldwide
  • 26.2 training hours per member of staff


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Developing a corporate culture that embraces relationship-based banking in the digital age

Our corporate culture has evolved into a deeply relationship-centric model that is resolutely focused on customer service. To give everyone the desire and the resources to move in this direction every day, we are making employee commitment a priority through listening and dialogue, as well as by encouraging diversity and promoting a quality work environment.
Moreover, at Société Générale commitment is one of our four fundamental values, along with team spirit, innovation and responsibility. Our new corporate culture is being forged around these four values. The behaviours we expect from our employees, which stem from these values, have been identified and defined so they can be promoted in a concrete way on a daily basis.
Finally, the digital transition is opening doors to new ways of working and new methods for interacting internally and with our customers and shaping what relationship-based banking will be in the future. We are seizing this opportunity to develop ourselves and to develop our employees.

Favouring employees’ commitment

  • 1,700 actions put in place following our last Employees Barometer
  • 15 commitments taken by the Executive Committee for work-life balance
  • Retention rate for permanent contracts: 86.7%
  • Average length of service within the Group: 9.5 years
  • 7.42% of the share capital and 12.07% of the voting rights held by current and former employees
  • Employee share ownership: ranks number 6 among CAC 40 French companies

Promoting diversity within our teams

We see diversity of our teams as an essential driver of engagement and performance vis a vis our clients, employees and the company as a whole. Our priority commitment is to promote women and international profiles within the bank’s management bodies. Particular attention is also placed on social inclusion, in particular towards people with disability or from underprivileged backgrounds.

Diversity and gender parity 

  • 123 nationalities represented

  • 59,9% of employees outside of mainland France

  • 60% of women within the Group

  • 44% of women among managers

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

  • 2,302 disabled employees worldwide (1.5% of the overall headcount)