On the occasion of the Citizen Commitment Games – the charity sports challenge organised in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Societe Generale – employees of the Group are getting involved to raise money for a number of charitable organisations.
Every week, we will take a closer look at one organisation and its work, supported by the employees currently taking part in the Citizen Commitment Games
Founded in 1946, CARE is now one of the largest international humanitarian NGOs in the world, implementing more than 1,000 projects in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In all of its activities, the association focuses on improving the living conditions of women in particular through programs aimed educational, health and economic emancipation
Since 2007, Societe Generale has been financing 5 educational projects and has committed to continue supporting them until 2016. In addition to this charitable support by the Group itself, its employees also play a direct role, particularly by raising money every year through participating in the Bike Ride, a bicycle trek between Paris and London that has taken place every year between 2008 and 2013. Just over 180 employees took part last year.
A large number of Societe Generale employees participated in the Citizen Commitment Games in aid of a project in Morocco: the Village Savings and Credit Associations (Associations Villageoises d’Epargne et de Crédit / AVEC). This type of programme modernises the traditional forms of aid and allows women to borrow sums of money on the basis of their own savings to start income-generating activities and integrate into the economic fabric of the region. As part of the program, women also receive training and support in creating very small but profitable and sustainable businesses.
The objective is to put an end to social, cultural and religious conservatism, or to end family resistance in order to make women more independent through literacy and personal development activities in particular.