Our corporate purpose

Our Purpose

Building together, with our clients, a better and sustainable future through responsible and innovative financial solutions.


Societe Generale was created over 160 years ago to promote the development of trade and industry. That was our original purpose, to be a bank that promoted progress.  We have always sought to support the long-term development of the global economy, through innovative solutions, which we have achieved by building a solid and sustainable bank with a pioneering spirit.

Our new purpose will guide future decisions, and reaffirm exactly it is that drives us when we come to work and serve our customers: the opportunity to continue playing a driving role in the world's transformations. Our "raison d'être" has been informed 85,000 contributions collected from staff across the world, in line with our history and the expectations of our stakeholders.

It is with this same long-term approach that we are engaging with the world as it is today: a world in which economic development goes hand-in-hand with environmental and social progress.


Throughout its 160+ years of existence, Societe Generale has provided the financing needed for the world to transition from one development model to another. Societe Generale is a sustainable bank with a proven stability on which customers can depend. Building has always been the historical role of banks, in order to create the foundations for economic development.


Team spirit is central to Societe Generale. Within the bank, we work together in order to offer each customer the tailored palette of expertise they require. We team up with our clients for the long term and are proud to be the trusted partner on which they rely to help them move the world forward. We establish coalitions with the aim of increasing the impact of positive changes.

With our clients

We assert our constant determination to be of service to our clients, whether businesses or individuals, by supporting them with their projects. Increasing the satisfaction of our clients is our priority.

A better and sustainable future

Through our support for our customers’ projects, we aim to help them build a better and sustainable future for themselves and for society. In the long run, we want to act in line with both individual and collective interests. Our vision is to play a leading role in the world’s positive transformations and contribute to a future that is more ecological, shows more respect for the planet and, promotes both economic, social and digital inclusion.


Our approach focuses on finding value-added and suitable solutions to meet the needs of our customers and society, with a capacity to offer tailored solutions by drawing on our diverse expertise and experience in customer service.


As banker, we proudly embrace our profession and are mindful of the responsibility it comes with. Our business activities are needed now more than ever to finance, secure and support the projects of all those involved in building the world of tomorrow.


We are committed to always taking an ethical approach with the willingness to preserve long-term trust and maintain relationships of loyalty. Furthemore, we wholeheartedly believe that the ability to make a positive impact on society and the environment will be central to the transformation of the banking sector. For these reasons, we see responsibility as an integral part of all the products and services we propose.


We have a pioneering spirit and firmly believe that innovation is key to a more responsible world. Societe Generale helps to bring about new business models and creates unique solutions thanks to our capacity to combine different areas of expertise at the highest level.

“Promote the development of trade and industry in France”
Societe Generale – 1864

“Building together, with our clients, a better and sustainable future through responsible and innovative financial solutions”
Societe Generale – 2020

A new purpose built on 85,000 contributions of employees of more than 50 different nationalities and 1,500 stakeholders consulted.