Trusted partner, committed to the positive transformations of society and the economy, Société Générale is proud to partner with the 6th edition of Impact Journalism Day (IJD) organised by Sparknews. On June 16th, 50 of the world's most important media, along with prestigious institutions and entrepreneurs, will gather up to promote initiatives taken by men and women who find local solutions to global issues. As a contribution, Societe Generale presents a series of some of those positive stories.
We believe it is our duty , as a key player in the financial sector with a major role in CSR, to promote and encourage positive initiatives all around the world.
Sylvie Préa, Director of CSR
Ras Ghareb, Egypt largest wind farm in construction
Expected to be completed at the end of 2019, the Ras Ghareb wind project will have 125 Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines installed on the Gulf of Suez in eastern Egypt. With a total capacity of 250 megawatts, it is the largest wind farm to be launched in the country to date, bringing strong economic and environmental benefits over the long term.
Biocombustibles exploits a forest of opportunities
Biocombustibles has invented an economic model that structures the wood energy sector at regional level in Normandy, driving growth for local businesses and helping to keep energy costs under control.
Patricia Zoundi: Portrait of a woman who has democratised money transfers in rural Cote d'Ivoire
Patricia Zoundi democratized money transfers in rural Ivory Coast. With Quickcash, over 300 villages have now easy access to money transfer.
Yaya Joné Bruno, the young leader in recycling plastic waste in Côte d'Ivoire
Coliba uses technology to recycle and reuse plastic waste via an online or mobile app or text message in Ivory Coast.
Optic Fibre: Boosting Connectivity in German Rural Areas
Germany is building up its infrastructure transformation with the roll-out of a new Fibre-to-the-Home project. In the next years, an additional 300,000 homes will be equipped with optic fibre,increasing connectivity across the country, especially in rural areas.
Entrepreneur Ange Frédérick Balma: a beam of light for African farmers
Indira Gandhi said that the satisfaction you get from a job well done is often more rewarding than a salary. This is entrepreneur Ange Frédérick Balma’s favourite quote, and is one that has without doubt guided him throughout his career. This single forty year old (although he looks much younger), who almost always has a smile on his face, is a go-getter and a passionate entrepreneur. He heads two businesses that he created from scratch: a travel agency and a start-up in the field of energy and the Internet.
MyJouleBox: leasing solar installations
Winner of the first edition of the “Bridge Africa” open innovation programme organised by Societe Generale, MyJouleBox supplies energy to households and small businesses in remote locations, thanks to its solar installations sold under a leasing arrangement.
Feeding China's appetite for healthy food
Cross border acquisition financing addresses increasing demand for healthy food and drives technological innovation. Foods, one of China's largest dairy groups, have recently closed a joint deal to acquire St Hubert, a leading French plant-based food specialist.
Health, a priority for Senegal
Health has always been a primary concern of any population and remains a major challenge for developing countries today. In Senegal, significant efforts are being made to improve the supply and access to healthcare across the country. The government of Senegal has launched a vast programme called the "Plan Sénégal Emergent" (PSE), of which Societe Generale is a financial partner. As part of this programme, a financing contract for over €160 million has been signed for a project aimed at improving access to healthcare, with notably the construction of four new regional hospitals in the country.
Fromageries Bel, first group in the dairy industry, to contract an impact loan
Fromageries Bel, which has been strongly committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for more than ten years, has undertaken to deliver year-on-year improvements regarding Environmental & Social (E&S) strategic objectives.
Impact Journalism Day by Team Spi Rythm
How well do you know the world you live in?
On June 16th, 50 of the most prestigious media from around the world will come together, publishing 60 positive stories. For the sixth edition of Impact Journalism Day, the media are joined by organizations that believe spreading these stories is a first step toward change.
Last year, 57 stories were amplified by 50 leading newspapers from around the globe. These stories were selected from an original pool of more than 1000 projects. In the end, over 100 million readers got to discover these inspiring projects.