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

Love your Waste

Love Your Waste is changing our vision of waste, allowing us to see it not as a problem but a resource, and a terrific economic and social opportunity. Read on to learn more about a startup that is living up to its name.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ange Frédérick Balma

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.

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Team MyJouleBox

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 made available under leasing arrangements.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Impact Journalism Day by Team Spi Rythm

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