Corporate Social Responsibility
“We are fully committed to contributing to the positive transformations of our economies and societies. We want to provide innovative, responsible solutions with a positive impact.”
Frédéric Oudéa, CEO, Societe Generale
Programmes And Partnerships
Our Fundraising Charity Partner: CLIC Sargent
Our three-year partnership with CLIC Sargent, our staff-selected strategic charity partner, is now coming to an end this March 2021. It's been an honour to be involved with such an inspiring charity that helps so many young people with cancer to thrive through supporting their educational and employment ambitions.
Our staff is now voting to elect a new charity partner, and more specifically a dedicated project aligned with our UK CSR strategy - to help people have equal access to career opportunities, so everyone can have the chance to reach their potential. Stay tuned and follow us on our Twitter account @SocGen_UK to find out who will be our new three-year partner starting this April 2021.
Volunteering: Sharing Our Talents, Building Our Skills
We have a talented, knowledgeable team of employees who are enthusiastic to share their wealth of expertise and experience to positively impact our local communities. So, we offer all employees 24 hours per year of volunteering time, which can be used to undertake a personal volunteering activity, or to access the range of CSR programmes organised centrally.
There are opportunities for employees at all levels to share their time, skills and experience; from one-off employability, enterprise and business planning workshops, to ongoing primary tutoring, adult literacy sessions, mentoring and trusteeships.
In 2019, over 11,500 hours were volunteered by our staff supporting thousands of beneficiaries from our neighbouring communities including pupils, young people, local residents, charities, social enterprises and schools.
We recognise that employees can also enhance their skills and personal development through volunteering. In fact, 80% of staff in our annual volunteer survey attributed improved communication, leadership and people management skills to their involvement in CSR, while more than 70% said they had improved problem solving, time management and adopted new ways of working. Finally, we know that the majority of staff (92%) staff feel an increased sense of wellbeing and happiness as a result of their participation in CSR activity.
Widening Access To The Banking Sector
We are committed to supporting people from all backgrounds to access the financial services and through our social mobility programmes, we encourage and support young people to access alternative routes into banking. Through summer internships, we have provided work placement and training opportunities as well as creating a diverse talent pipeline for the bank.
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