The first meeting of the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation Selection Committee for 2016 was held on 11 February 2016.
This meeting supported 7 projects promoting integration or education through sport and culture as well as professional integration for people in difficulty.
Focus on two of the projects supported:
"Power for tomorrow" - Objectif France Inde
Objectif France Inde is a French association which supports local NGOs in southern India involved in rural social and economic development. The main aim of this association is the economic integration of marginalised people, particularly through skills training.
The "Power for tomorrow" project aims to encourage female independence through the creation of 2,000 "Self Help Groups" in rural southern India. It aims to provide women living in poverty with the necessary resources to become financially independent. This project involves a comprehensive training programme, the creation of economic activities (small business) and specific training (literacy and professional training, but also health and safety training) via access to public micro-credits.
"Social garage network" - APREVA
APREVA is an association resulting from a partnership between an Job Integration Workshop and the ERDF group, as part of a circular economy. Through a 'back-to-work' contract, APREVA trains employees in how to repair vehicles, which are donated by the ERDF and then leased to jobseekers at a very low cost. The association offers an innovative solution to vulnerable people for their travel between home and work and home and training, helping them get back to work whilst encouraging the social and professional integration of people in difficulty.
The "social garages network" project aims to develop a national network of social garages which would be based on existing organisations, allowing them to provide a social garage offer throughout the country. APREVA aims to launch 5 new garages in France by 2019. To date, 3 garages are currently being launched within this franchise. Over 500 jobseekers and people in difficulty could benefit from this service over the next few months.
"Sport/Employment" - CREPI Touraine
CREPI Touraine is an association created in 1994 by companies hoping to actively contribute to people experiencing job-related problems. The association includes 250 companies, acting as a gateway between the world of work and people looking for work. CREPI Touraine aims to help fight against exclusion through individual or group back-to-work and educational initiatives (around 15 initiatives/year provided to 600 jobseekers).
The "Sport/Employment" project supports a group of jobseekers in their social and professional integration by creating links between sport and business values. Participants alternate between training workshops, looking for work, individual support interviews and sports workshops. These sports workshops are based around training and professional meetings with partner companies during matches. All of these stages aim to improve participants' employability in an original and innovative manner. Overall, each candidate participates in at least 20 meetings over 3 months, including a work placement. The programme on offer aims to provide a sustainable route to a job.