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History: how Crédit Agricole has supported tourism2021/06/16
Crédit Agricole Group supports those working locally to foster solidarity and inclusion, protect the environment and promote culture in France and around the world.
© Entourage, a non-profit association fighting exclusion among homeless people
Patronage of solidarity and inclusion programmes
A special fund for older people
In response to the coronavirus crisis, Crédit Agricole has set aside almost €23 million to finance essential equipment for older people to protect them and their careers and help them stay in touch with their families.
Social inclusion and professional integration for young people
Crédit Agricole SA sponsors projects facilitating different types of inclusion: professional integration for young people through sport or work (through the associations Sport dans la Ville, Viens voir mon Taf and Un stage et après), education and literacy initiatives via the Stop Illettrisme programme and support for persons living in extreme poverty with the Entourageand La Cravate Solidaire associations.
Since 2008, Crédit Agricole S.A. has formed a strong partnership with Dons Solidaires, an organisation that helps businesses give unused non-food products a new life by donating them to a charity network. Group employees are regularly encouraged to provide skills mentoring or to volunteer with these associations.
The Crédit Agricole Solidarity and Development Foundation, which is registered as an organisation acting in the public interest, also supports initiatives to foster social and financial independence for individuals in France, alongside the Crédit Agricole Regional Banks.
Healthcare and Ageing
For the past ten years, Crédit Agricole Assurances has funded charities that support people caring for dependent family members through the Aidants call for projects initiative. It has sponsored more than 160 projects under this scheme.
Protecting the environment – a key focus of the Group’s patronage activities
Support for programmes that protect the environment and biodiversity
Crédit Agricole has been a leading patron of the National Museum of Natural History since 2018 in a partnership focused on two key areas:
- A research programme on biodiversity in farming
- Projects to renovate and promote the Museum’s regional sites. In 2019, this concerned the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes zoo, the Marinarium in Concarneau, the Val Rahmeh botanical gardens and the Haute-Touche zoological park.
Because gardens are also a way of raising awareness of the need to protect nature, since 2018, Crédit Agricole S.A has been a patron of the Rendez-vous aux Jardins event organised by the Ministry of Culture.
Reforestation programmes are also organised in France and internationally, for example by CA Poland and CA Romania.
The Indosuez Foundation in Switzerland works to improve environmental conservation and preservation, especially for forests and water resources, to boost economic development and to empower local communities. Since its creation, it has sponsored 24 projects in 14 countries.
In 2019, the Crédit Agricole S.A. Group employees’ Commitment Days initiative put the spotlight on environmental protection and the fight against plastic waste. This initiative supported the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind and the NGO Zero Waste Europe.
Cultural patronage focused on preserving heritage, artistic creation and cultural life
Preserving our heritage
In April 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris fire generated a wave of international solidarity. Crédit Agricole Group has made a major contribution to the monument’s restoration through the combined support of Crédit Agricole S.A. (€2.5 million), the Ile de France Regional Bank (€1 million), and the other Regional Banks (€1.5 million), via the Crédit Agricole Pays de France Foundation.
As a patron-builder, Crédit Agricole S.A. also made possible the construction of the Cité du Vin, which was inaugurated in June 2016. It also participated in the renovation of the Château de Fontainebleau and the Collège des Bernardins in Paris.
Crédit Agricole Group is a longstanding contributor to the preservation of our heritage:
- The Crédit Agricole-Pays de France Foundation has sponsored more than 1,400 projects alongside the Regional Banks since its creation in 1979.
- Crédit Agricole S.A. is a founding member and director of the Fondation du Patrimoine.
- Crédit Agricole S.A. is also a partner of the European Heritage Days, a major annual cultural event for the general public.
Artistic creation and cultural life
Crédit Agricole sponsors programmes for young artists. It has been a partner of the Montrouge Contemporary Art Fair since 2010, and also supports the JCE Biennale exhibition and artists’ residences in the town. Amundi has been a patron of the Villa Medici in Rome since 2003 and is also a patron of the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, providing support to talented young artists.
Several Group subsidiaries support music and musical creation. For example, Amundi is a patron of the Villa of Composers, and CACIB, which has sponsored the Paris Opera for three seasons, became a patron of its international promotion in 2019. CA Italy and the Cariparma Foundation support the Verdi Festival, the only musical event dedicated to the composer Giuseppe Verdi.
Crédit Agricole firmly believes that culture must be accessible to all, and is also a partner of popular flagship cultural venues, for example via CACIB’s support for the MoMA.
Our employees’ dedication
Many employees of Crédit Agricole S.A. are committed to supporting projects with a social impact. To encourage this, the Group has set up a system to support their dedication to the public interest and acknowledge their commitment. By putting employees in contact with our partner associations, Solidaires facilitates volunteering and skills mentoring in various forms such as tutoring, shared missions, pro bono days (sharing skills by providing an association with real solutions) and humanitarian leave. In addition, the Coups de Pouce programme, which has been adopted by eight entities, provides funding and skills to charities supported by employees.
© Jardin des Plantes, J. Munier, MNHN