A long and proud history of entrepreneurs

Our history is not just about the past, it is also about who we are today and what we want to be in the future.

It's a story that goes to the roots of our identity: our founders' entrepreneurial spirit, innovation spirit and team spirit are what drive us to continue their journey with the same entrepreneurial energy. Our history is first and foremost a great journey of entrepreneurs serving other entrepreneurs. Founded by a group of industrialists and financiers driven by the ideals of progress, Societe Generale's mission has always been "fostering business and industrial growth."

Over the course of history, Societe Generale has shown it can stay true to its values while continually reinventing itself for the changing needs of its time. By tracing our roots, we look to the future with the humility of those who have made it through the hard times and the optimism of those who will always be guided by entrepreneurial spirit, making Societe Generale the bank of the 21st century.

Entrepreneurial spirit

A long entrepreneurial adventure serving fellow entrepreneurs. Ever since its establishment in 1864, Societe Generale has been grounded in the economy and has fully embraced its role of supporting companies at key stages of their development.

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Innovation spirit

The spirit of innovation spans all the bank's activities. It accompanies economic development, the growth of financial systems and banking services penetration and the expansion of companies that Societe Generale supports.

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Team spirit

Our collective strength affords us an exceptional ability to motivate our teams. Fifty years ago, our chairman Maurice Lorain could already state: "Societe Generale's main virtue was, is, and must remain, its team spirit!" Our DNA is an asset that we use to reinvent our businesses, by predicting future changes in the world we live in. We want to make Societe Generale THE banking business of the 21st century.

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Over the years

Browse our images and relive the key events of Societe Generale's history.