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SG UK Foundation

About the SG UK Foundation

The Societe Generale UK Foundation (SG UK Foundation) focuses it charitable activity on education and employability. We do this by funding several key strategic projects as well as providing matched donations to support Societe Generale employee fundraising and volunteering efforts.

The SG UK Foundation is an independent charitable entity set up in 1994. It is linked to the Societe Generale UK Group and has been funded by corporate donations and exceptional one-off donations of dormant assets, as well as receiving in-kind support. It is a registered UK charity (number 1039013) governed by a board of trustees made up of senior managers from across the bank and independent representatives. The SG UK Foundation Board meets regularly to oversee governance, strategy and operation.

The SG UK Foundation is not an open grant-giving body and does not accept unsolicited applications for funding but instead works in partnerships with charities that align with Societe Generale’s UK CSR strategy and Global Citizenship commitments and the SG UK Foundation’s charitable objects. 

Our Trustees

"I am proud of the work the foundation does. It is helping improve our local communities and build a better future."
“It’s a real honour to be part of a foundation that has such a positive impact on our local communities. Lots has been achieved, but there is so much more to do, and I look forward to building on the foundation’s impact to date.”
“This is an exciting time for the SG UK Foundation. Not only are we supporting the Shake Climate Change programme, a landmark project focusing on climate change research and development, we are also helping local charities in their day-to-day activities. I’m proud to contribute.”

“When the opportunity arose to help local communities and contribute to projects in a positive and beneficial way, it seemed a perfect arrangement for me. I am excited and committed to working with my fellow Trustees and using our collective experience to make a difference in our community.”

“I am deeply impressed by the real impact the SGUKF makes on social mobility and climate action and especially how the charity has increased its support for local communities over the past months.”

Our Structure

What does the SG UK Foundation do?

The SG UK Foundation made over £1.6M of donations in 2020 to support projects and the charitable activities of SG employees. 

Key Projects

SHAKE Climate Change are bringing together the best minds in science, tech and business to find innovative solutions to agriculture and food production challenges. The SG UK Foundation is funding the programme and supporting the delivery. 

SHAKE infographic

For more information on SHAKE, click here.

Click on the image below to read the SHAKE 2020 Annual Report.

SHAKE report

To download the SHAKE Annual report 2019, click here.

Launched in April 2017, the Societe Generale UK Foundation Fund (SGUKF Fund) is a £600,000 five-year grants programme (approximately £130,000 a year) that seeks to improve education and employment opportunities for young people in communities that are located near Societe Generale offices and have some of the UK’s highest unemployed rates. 

The fund awards grants of up to £15,000 to organisations supporting young people on their journey into employment, with a focus on those using innovative approaches in sports, arts and culture. 

Take a look at the short video below to see how the SG UK Foundation fund is making an impact supporting local programmes and transforming young people’s lives in the process. 

SG UK Foundation 2020 Impact Video

To download the Year 3 Annual Report, click here.

Click here to find out more and if you’re a charity looking for funding please reach out to East End Community Foundation. 

Since 2010, the SG UK Foundation has been working with East London Business Alliance on employability and capacity building projects in Hackney.

The latest project, Evolve, is launching this year and is a collaborative partnership between Linklaters, UBS, Societe Generale and the Societe Generale UK Foundation, delivered by ELBA. Through the sharing of employee volunteer time and skills, the project aims to build the capacity of community organisations working in the employment sphere and subsequently support residents who are facing significant employment challenges, particularly due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Key activities

To view the end of project report, click here.

Click here for more information on ELBA and the projects they run.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the SG UK Foundation has made more than £230,000 of donations and doubled its matching limits to support the charitable sector response and recovery. To date, this has included international, national and local appeals, Societe Generale key partners (CLIC Sargent, ELBA, EECF, Skills Builder Partnership, Brokerage Citylink) and previous partners (Mind and Alzheimer’s Society). 

SG UK Foundation matches the fundraising, volunteering time and donations from SG UK and Channel Island employees to charities, voluntary groups and schools. 

Global Societe Generale Corporate Foundation

Globally, the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation supports partners and programmes in locations where the bank operates. Since its creation in 2006, the Foundation has been supporting the professional integration and education of people in difficulty. 

Click here for more information.  

Data Protection and Privacy Policy

SG UK Foundation collects and uses only personal information which is necessary during the course of our operations and charitable activities. For more information on this and to read our privacy notice, click here.