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Committed to society

In Groupe BPCE, we attach considerable importance to durable, action-based sponsorship initiatives. Thanks to our companies and their foundations, we lend our support to a great many cultural and solidarity activities. But above and beyond the examples of nationwide sponsorship programs described below, our regional banks also pursue a host of other initiatives every year, working closely with individuals and entities at a local level.

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We are helping to advance the ecological transition by supporting Energy Observer  

Groupe BPCE is principal partner of Energy Observer, the first autonomous hydrogen-powered ship acting simultaneously as a proof of concept and a laboratory for the ecological transition. With this partnership, Groupe BPCE is supporting a project aiming at developing hydrogen-based technological solutions and contributing to the rollout of financing tools tailored to new technologies and green energies. Groupe BPCE has put the fight against climate change at the heart of its 2024 strategic plan. The partnership with Energy Observer is therefore perfectly aligned with this ambition to be a major player in the energy transition, notably by helping our customers to meet their own transition challenges.

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We foster the entrepreneurial and creative spirit with the Banque Populaire Foundation

To unleash one’s talent, all it sometimes takes is a little help at the right time. This is the principle guiding the actions of the Banque Populaire Corporate Foundation, created in 1992, which supports the personal projects of individuals in three areas: music, disability, and the arts & crafts.

After professional juries have selected the candidates, the Foundation provides financial and individual backing over 3 years and enables the winners to enjoy the solidarity of its extensive network to bring their projects to fruition. The criteria used to choose candidates are simply to be talented and ambitious (of course) but also – and especially – to have a big heart and strength of purpose.

Fondation Banque Populaire avec la musique, le handicap et l’artisanat d’art

We preserve the French maritime heritage with the Belem Foundation

In 1979, the Belem, a large 19th-century tall ship, lay abandoned and doomed to oblivion… when this tragic fate was avoided thanks to the Caisse d'Epargne’s decision to buy it. In 1980, the French savings bank set up the Belem Foundation, to which it donated the ship. Thanks to the active involvement and financial support of the Caisses d'Epargne, the three-masted vessel was made seaworthy and set sail once again in 1985. In 1980, the Belem Foundation, the owner of the Belem, was awarded the status of a general public-interest entity.
In its capacity as the historic patron of the Belem Foundation, the Caisse d'Epargne plays an exemplary role in conserving the French maritime heritage. It helps to make Belem a ‘school of life’ and a unique model for the transmission of knowledge to an extremely wide audience.

An historical monument that plies the waves

Thanks to the conservation work carried out by the Belem Foundation, the three-masted vessel became one of the very first ships to be awarded the status of historical monument in 1984. A training ship for civilians, it is also the oldest tall ship in the world to be sailed by members of the general public. It is also the sole survivor of the great French sailing ships of the 19th century, a fact that gives it the honor of representing France at major international maritime events.

52,000 sailors have worked on board since 1986


45,000 visitors every year



We are energizing the Social & Solidarity Economy with the Crédit Coopératif Foundation

The sense of general public interest lies at the very heart of the activities pursued by the Crédit Coopératif. To build a more socially supportive, more responsible, and more innovative society, the Crédit Coopératif Foundation has been supporting major transformations in the Social & Solidarity Economy (SSE) for more than 35 years. And it has done so in pursuit of a single objective: to promote a scaling-up of activities by supporting exemplary projects, by giving visibility to useful and innovative initiatives, and by promoting the impact of the SSE on major social issues.

The Foundation pursues its activities in three ways:

  • By supporting and publicizing research and future-oriented work related to the SSE,
  • By supporting the vibrant energy of local players, “people who make things happen in their communities,” who inspire others, and mobilize and motivate even greater numbers of people,
  • By funding innovations that draw on new practices, innovative business models respecting human dignity, working methods founded on cooperation... or initiatives favoring the arrival of the SSE into high-stake sectors such as the energy transition, new mobility, housing, responsible consumption, etc.

Since the Foundation’s creation:

  • More than 1,200 projects supported within the framework of Inspiration Awards in the Social & Solidarity Economy
  • Sponsorship worth a total of €6 million distributed between 2013 and 2017
Fondation Crédit Coopératif

We support culture with Natixis

Since 2004, Natixis has been active in conserving and ensuring accessibility to major works of art and received, in 2008, the Grand Mécène de la culture (Great Cultural Benefactor) medal awarded by the French Ministry of Culture.

A patron of the Orchestre de Paris since 2007, Natixis supports the orchestra’s digital project, due to be launched in the spring of 2019. With the creation of a digital platform, the orchestra will offer everyone access to great works from its classical repertoire.

In pursuit of its desire to transmit culture and contribute to the emergence of new talent, Natixis supports since 2015 the Opéra national de Paris in its capacity as a "Founding Patron of the Academy" and as "Principal Patron of the Musicians in Residence program."