Banque Populaire Occitane is active in eight French départements. Committed to serving its catchment area, it works closely with nearly 600,000 local customers, including 197,000 cooperative shareholders.
The size of its market share makes it a key player in the regional economy. Attentive to the needs of its territory and local stakeholders, it redistributes within its region all the customer deposits collected during the year. In 2020, for example, it financed 47,000 customer projects for a total of more than 4 billion euros. In view of the exceptional circumstances last year, the bank also granted 28,000 loan extensions for professional and corporate customers and 8,300 state-guaranteed loans together worth in excess of 1 billion euros.
Its commitment to the cooperative movement finds expression in the activities of its Corporate Foundation, in the 700 partnerships forged with the creative forces in its region, and the recruitment of nearly 200 talented people every year. To meet its customers’ new expectations, it has set up several specialized networks (business centers, a branch dedicated to start-ups and innovative companies, a private bank, and a network specifically dedicated to farming) and has reorganized its branch network with teams staffing 204 retail branches, three central facilities, a customer-relations center, and the creation of an e-branch.
Sport & Patronage
In pursuit of its long-term commitment to the world of regional sport, Banque Populaire Occitane supports over 300 amateur or professional sports clubs in the eight départements of its catchment area. 65% of the bank’s partnership budget is devoted to sport.
Against the backdrop of the 2020 Covid crisis, it continued to provide backing and support for clubs as they navigated their way to recovery.
In 2021, it began sponsoring four leading athletes with a view to helping them qualify for the Olympic & Paralympic Games Paris 2024: Boris Neveu (kayaking), Maxime Valet (handi-fencing), Hilary Kpatcha (long jump) and Nicolas Courbière (400m).