SOCIETE GENERALE reduces its carbon footprint and contributes to environmental efforts

Published on: 19 January 2022
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Societe Generale announces its commitment to reduce its own carbon footprint by 50% between 2019 and 2030 through actions on office energy consumption, IT, air travel, and vehicle fleets to commemorate the 8th internal Environmental Efficiency Award.

To mark the 8th internal Environmental Efficiency Award, Societe Generale presents its commitment to reduce its own carbon footprint: cutting carbon emissions by 50% between 2019 and 2030 through action on office energy consumption, IT, air travel and vehicle fleets.

Societe Generale encourages innovation through an annual Environmental Efficiency Award, in place since 2013. Sponsored by Diony Lebot, Deputy CEO, and Hacina Py, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, the award is based on an original approach. Each year, a carbon tax is collected from Group entities based on their CO₂ emissions and then redistributed to reward the best environmental efficiency initiatives launched by staff in the areas of real estate, IT, paper, transport and waste management.

Key figures for the 2020-2021 award:

193 entries submitted by staff

23 participating countries

68 eligible initiatives resulting in savings of nearly 22,000 TCO2 (equivalent to the annual emissions of nearly 1,800 French households) and €17.8m between 2020-2021

"In line with our corporate purpose, Societe Generale places CSR at the heart of our strategy and activities. As a responsible bank, we are aligned with trajectories compatible to the Paris Agreement scenarios, supporting our clients in their ecological transition while also reducing our own carbon footprint. The responsibility for fighting global warming involves us all, whether a bank or a private citizen, and we can also count on the commitment and innovation of our staff to contribute to collective efforts"

Said Diony Lebot, Diony Lebot, Societe Generale group’s Deputy CEO.

"The Environmental Efficiency Award organized by Societe Generale is an opportunity to recognize members of staff acting to reduce the Group’s carbon footprint, in line with the ambition to cut our own CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030. Their initiatives in the workplace complete and develop our global commitments. I was struck by the number of initiatives submitted and moved by the enthusiasm and positive energy around this award scheme. It is a strong signal of the collective will to act and of our capacity to generate significant positive impact."

Said Hacina Py, Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Societe Generale

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