Understanding our 2016 Q1 results
Our Group’s solid performance during this first quarter reflects the robustness of our diversified business model. Our net income amounted to EUR 924 million, an increase of 6.5% compared to last year. We have a balanced business portfolio centred on our core businesses – French Retail Banking, International Retail Banking & Financial Services, Global Banking & Investor Solutions. This business model enables us to generate synergies between our different activities, and thanks to the diversification of our businesses and the regions in which we operate, maintain good results in a low – or even negative – interest rate environment.
Results by business
Sound results benefiting from the diversification of the business model
Since the early 1980s, nominal interest rates in the developed world have been in consistent decline, reaching historically low levels. Many interest rates have now turned negative.
Societe Generale’s Innovation approach is based on the creative force of its members of staff and on ties between internal communities and the innovation ecosystem. Aymeril Hoang, Head of Innovation for the Group, discusses this strategy.
Engagement with the wider society is a major focus of the Group's citizen commitment policy. It is expressed notably through the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation and its promotion of employee involvement. The Group is committed to working in the areas of professional integration, education and social inclusion through culture and sport.