Corporate social responsibility
Our charity and solidarity actions in Poland
As in the entire Societe Generale Group, educating children and young people against social exclusion is at the heart of our CSR activities in the area of charity and solidarity actions in Poland, which we have been conducting regularly since 2008.
Starting in 2019, our employees have the opportunity to submit NGOs they work with on a daily basis to be included in programs implemented by our Branch. The Local CSR Committee has selected two partner organizations for 2021-2023 on the basis of employee surveys following previous nominations:
Fundacja Dobrych Inicjatyw (Foundation for Good Initiatives)
As part of the "Academy of Good Initiatives," the foundation implements projects to support the charges of orphanages in education. Their goal is to discover and develop the children's interests, passions and talents, providing them with as many positive experiences as possible during a variety of workshops, such as setting and achieving goals, creating budgets, effectively managing budgets and financial resources, gaining their first work experience and creating their own environment when they leave the care centers, which often facilitates the start in their adult lives.
Stowarzyszenie Aslan (Aslan Association)
It helps young people and young adults who, due to psychological difficulties, have difficulties in continuing their education or entering the labor market. The project includes individual classes, traveling therapeutic holidays and stationary therapeutic groups to diagnose difficulties and strengthen participants psychologically to enable them to feel confident to continue their education in chosen fields and successfully compete in the labor market. By improving social competencies and helping to effectively handle psychological difficulties, the project contributes to equalizing opportunities among young people at risk of social exclusion.
Our goal is not only to help others, but also to build a strong and inclusive community where everyone can express themselves through the actions they take. We strongly believe that through our commitment, we can help create a better, more equitable and sustainable world. We are proud that by acting locally as part of the Societe Generale Group, we can use our influence and our resources to bring positive change to people's lives.
We have been implementing our local volunteer programs continuously since 2008. To date, more than 140 employees of the branch have participated in those programs, many of them continue to be active as volunteers. In 2021-2022, our volunteers regularly participated in the actions of the Fundacja Dobrych Inicjatyw:
- "For a good start" - financing and collecting school supplies, mainly backpacks containing a full set of school articles for the charges of orphanages
- "Packages for senior"- our volunteers, together with the foundation's staff, their charges, pack and deliver packages "to the door" to the neediest seniors in Warsaw. In this way, the foundation's young charges learn solidarity and openness to the needs of others.
- "A Christmas Tree of Good Hearts" - our volunteers are involved in a campaign to buy gifts for the charges of the foundation. Children write letters to Santa Claus asking for a specific gift, and we have the chance to make their dreams come true.
In solidarity with Ukraine
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, we have been involved in helping refugees and Ukraine both as a company (global financial support from Societe Generale Group) and through the support of our volunteers by individual donations and volunteer activities conducted for Ukraine and refugees through the Fundacja Dobrych Inicjatyw.
Being involved through sports
The involvement of our employees in charity and solidarity activities through sports is an important part of supporting our CSR program. Due to participation in the Societe Generale running team, each participant raises additional funds for the charity and solidarity goals of our partner organizations. This initiative was launched in 2013. To date, more than 160 branch employees have run in the local Societe Generale team. Running is a great opportunity not only to raise additional funds for partner organizations, but also to integrate our employees and teams. We participate in at least four events of this type during the year:
- the 3rd of May Constitution Run
- the Warsaw Uprising Run
- the Independence Run
- Ekiden Relay Marathon.
Supporting music and young artists in Poland
We have been a partner of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw for 16 years. Every year, our branch awards prizes to the University's most talented students, sponsoring the recording and release of a CD based on the winning project. To date, we have awarded 56 young artists, supporting the recording of 19 CD albums.
Learn more about Societe Generale Group's CSR solidarity and charity activities