This unprecedented crisis called for solidarity and a collective response, like the "All United Against Coronavirus" programme launched by Fondation de France, the AP-HP (Public Assistance - Paris Hospitals), and the Institut Pasteur. The active participation of Societe Generale in this programme has enabled many actions to see the light of day right across the country.
The spirit of commitment has always been one of the strengths of the Societe Generale Group, in the exercise of our profession as in our civic activities. We demonstrate this with all Group employees in these exceptional circumstances which require exceptional mobilization.
Frédéric Oudéa, Chief Executive Officer
This statement made in March by Frédéric Oudéa, CEO of Societe Generale, was accompanied by a donation of 1 million euros to the "All United Against Coronavirus" programme for a first significant commitment by the Group in France.
At the same time, the Group’s employees were also invited to contribute to the programme through fund-raising that has already raised more than 87,000 euros.
Géraldine is one of the employees who wanted to mobilize: “At the time of the pandemic and containment, I really felt privileged. I had two opportunities to make myself a little useful: a friend who offered to cook for the hospital staff near me and Societe Generale Group who offered to make a donation. The fact that the group is mobilizing, also encouraged me to participate”.
Today, a large number of projects have been sponsored, so we can now make an initial assessment.
27 projects funded throughout France
16 projects directly concerned the healthcare teams, notably the purchase of equipment such as in Bron or Clermont-Ferrand or the establishment of helplines in Mulhouse and discussion groups in Strasbourg.
9 projects were funded to support the most vulnerable. This includes a helpline for people whose mental health has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Chambéry, and the creation of a helpline and activities to maintain social contacts for the elderly or disabled.
Finally, the remaining 45% of the budget has been invested to support research on two major projects. The first is led by the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital and the AP-HP with the aim of enabling better care for patients with COVID-19, but also to prepare for new and emerging viral risks.
The second project is also being led by Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital and AP-HP, in coordination with UMR-S1136 (the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health) to develop and deploy a telemedicine solution called Covidom for the home care of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19.
It goes on ...
Today, thanks again to the participation of the Societe Generale Group, Fondation de France continues to help pursue the most relevant projects driven by different associations and charities which continue to reaffirm their decisive role and their ability to adapt to new problems on the ground.
In addition to this mobilization in France, and aware of the magnitude of this health crisis which is now also the cause of a real social crisis, the Group has engaged with other structures such as the SAMU Social, Restos du coeur, Emmaus Défi, Aurore and Apprentis d'Auteuil, and others internationally.