Corporate Social Responsibility
Societe Generale Equipment Finance (SGEF) is committed to supporting communities and programmes that have a positive social impact.
Our charitable giving and volunteering programmes aim to raise educational aspirations, improve employability prospects and build stronger communities. As well as having a positive impact locally, our programmes provide benefit to our staff and the Group as a whole, where giving back is embedded in our culture and is at the heart of our company’s values.
Charitable Giving & Fundraising
We support Societe Generale’s charity of the year, Shelter, in particular; GROW (Getting Real Opportunities of Work) programme, which supports people who have been marginalised through homelessness, into lasting paid employment, via a programme of traineeships. A very worthy cause, which we as a company are very proud to sponsor.
SGEF organises a variety of office fundraising events throughout the year, from sporting challenges to company raffles.
We have a Group wide policy of 24 hours per year of volunteering time accessible for all employees. They can use this to undertake their own personal volunteering, or to access the range of programmes organised by Societe Generale or our local CSR committee based in our Richmond office.
There are opportunities for employees at all levels to engage in, for example enterprise and business planning workshops, primary school tutoring, adult literacy sessions, mentoring and trusteeships. The SG Group works with people from our neighbouring communities, including disadvantaged young people, residents, charities, social enterprises and schools.
Recognising the training potential that volunteering provides, Societe Generale has created a personal development tool that enables employees to select volunteering opportunities which enhance their skills, complementing traditional training and their annual performance objectives.
If you would like more information about these programmes within the SG UK Group, please click here.
SGEF is committed to supporting the Group’s energy transition investments, for the benefit of our planet and society. Over the next 5 years, we will work together with our partners and clients to build a sustainable business together, that includes a positive approach towards environmental best practice and a company culture that fosters an attitude that cares for the future and the world around us.
Care & Dare about the Future
SGEF has developed an ambitious CSR strategy, Care and Dare about the Future, based on 4 pillars:
- BUILD: SGEF will be the partner of choice for new and sustainable business in the B2B segment
- SCALE: Together with our clients and partners, we will shift our existing finance portfolio to sustainable assets and finance
- REUSE: SGEF will further develop its focus on asset-life-cycle management to optimise the management and use of resources, involving our clients and partners in the process
- LIVE: We will create a company culture of sustainable work practices, both internally and externally
Diversity & Inclusion
SGEF UK is committed to a gender equal world, diverse, fair and inclusive, representing the marketplace that we serve. We are on a journey and the next step is clear.
As a business, we welcome everyone, from all walks of life, to consider working for us and partnering with us. As we continue to grow, our policies continue to evolve and our commitment to being a diverse company strengthens.