Looking back on the employee involvement at Societe Generale in 2013
In 2013, social responsibility at Societe Generale took the shape of mentoring. Many employees joined the movement, adding to the ranks of volunteers.
From January, a number of employees were able to volunteer their skills during a “special holiday” Pro Bono day in support of three organizations: 100 000 Rencontres Solidaires, École Jeanne Blum and Macadam. Employees were highly positive about this experience (see the video). The success of this initiative got the year off to a great start and aroused interest for mentoring. Mentoring played a particularly important part in Citizen Commitment Week and the Volunteering challenge for the Boite à Conseils, while winning over new volunteers in September with the launch of the Capital Filles, Frateli and Proxité programmes.
Mentoring at Societe Generale – an international movement
This trend extends beyond French borders. In 2013, employees thus lent their support to the Fondation Societe Generale but it was also the year in which employees in New York renewed their commitment to the Teak Fellowship. Likewise, in Brazil, under the umbrella of the Institut Societe Generale, young people in the organization Vida Jovem enjoyed the support of Group Employees as mentors. Finally, in the UK, our colleagues took part in workshops to support the organization Enabling Enterprise throughout the entire year (and up to 3 December!).
Taking mentoring a step further
Employees also took part in other projects such as Crésus. 100 of them took part in the financial education training workshops in the Apprenticeship Training Centres. Laura remembers: “The presentation was really interactive: the young people asked a lot of questions about credit cards, savings and transfers. Everyone loved the game. They got the rules really quickly and then got really involved. The target was very appropriate. You realized through the questions they were asking that they were discovering new things. A highly enriching experience."
In 2013, over 300 employees in France and a hundred abroad were involved in supporting the careers of young people from difficult backgrounds.