An active patronage policy for the society

In line with its values of solidarity and proximity, Crédit Agricole Group, gives a special attention to the initiatives which aim at improving education, public health and the access to culture in the regions where its units are established (in France and internationally).

Skilled-based volunteering and collective commitments 

Crédit Agricole CIB is eager to encourage the commitment of its staff in extra-professional projects that are consistent with its values. The Group offers support to various non-profit organisations and charities, this commitment being pursued by the employees within the framework of « Solidaires By Crédit Agricole CIB », the Bank's program to promote skill-based volunteering. The program is divided in 3 parts:

  • Solidarity events: our collaborators are encouraged to give some of their time by taking part in solidarity events.
  • Volunteer solidarity missions: our collaborators use their time and/or their skills for a charitable organisation, on the basis of a specific mission. Crédit Agricole group dedicated website connects voluntary employees with the associations supported by the Group:
  • The Solidaires “Helping Hand”: the Bank offers financial support to non-profit organisations’ projects in which a collaborator has a leading role, both in France and abroad. The program was launched in France in 2013 and was extended to Asia and the UK in 2014. In 2017, 50 charity projects were rewarded, including 36 projects in France, 12 in the UK and 2 in Asia. Since 2013, 210 projects have been supported.

Many of these initiatives or projects fit within the 17 sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations.

Long-standing partnerships

Over the years, the bank has also set up long-standing partnerships with French and International charities.

In France:

  • AFM-TéléthonCrédit Agricole CIB has supported the AFM-Telethon for almost 25 years and takes part in the organization of the financial community.

In the United Kingdom:

  • Ambitious about Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism – they provide services, raise awareness, and offer specialist education and support, through 2 schools and 1 college.
  • Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence. Reading scheme (one-to-one half an hour weekly session with a child at St Anne’s, a school nearby).
  • Richard House Children’s Hospice supports around 300 children with a life-limiting conditions, and their families in East London. They provide respite care, art, music, dance therapy, pre-and post bereavement support.

In the United-States:

  • New York Cares is New York’s largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofit organisations, city agencies, and public schools. The partnership between Crédit Agricole CIB New York and New York Cares gives employees the opportunity to contribute to local community actions.

In France and Asia

  • Children of the Mekong: in June 2014, Crédit Agricole CIB Hong Kong initiated a new partnership with the association “Children of the Mekong” which supports the education of children and young adults in 7 countries of South-East Asia. The Bank supports the mission of the Center Merieux in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). This Center welcomes more than 280 students from families in need in Cambodia, and helps developing their employability. The students - selected according to their motivation and school results - come to study and increase the skills they develop at university.

Serving the society

Crédit Agricole CIB supports promising projects which encourage artistic creation, the discovery of world cultures and the transmission of cultural heritage.

In Paris

  • L'Opéra National de Paris

In 2018, Crédit Agricole CIB and AROP-Opéra National de Paris are joining forces for the first time. The Bank is proud to support this institution for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 seasons with two shows: La Dame aux camélias, John Neumeier's ballet in December 2018, and the new production of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in September 2019. Crédit Agricole CIB is also a patron of the Opera's 350-year anniversary.

  • Le Grand Palais

At the beginning of 2018, Crédit Agricole CIB became a patron of the exhibition “Artists and Robots” of the Grand Palais, showing its great interest in this scientific project and its wish to contribute to this production. The exhibition will take place from April 5th to July 9th, 2018.

  • Théâtre du Châtelet

Since 2011, Crédit Agricole CIB, has committed itself alongside the Théâtre du Châtelet, supporting the show. This commitment is part of the Bank’s wish to pursue a daring and innovative policy combining originality, creativity and renown.

  • Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Standing at a crossroads of civilisations, the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac invites visitors to an experience of discovery and delight. In 2017, Crédit Agricole CIB became great patron of du Musée du Quai Branly, to honor its support to this ambassador for the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Over the years, the bank has supported the Museum in many ways: it supported exhibitions; sponsored the "Photoquai’s Residencies" program which supports contemporary photographic art; got involved in the Accessibility Week to make culture accessible to all and participated in the infrastructure financing, with for instance the renovation in 2016 of the tactile strips installed in the museum’s garden for the visually impaired, to make its access easier for the entire public. 

  • Les Arts Florissants

Founded in 1979 by the Franco-American conductor William Christie, Les Arts Florissants has become one of the most acclaimed baroque music ensembles in the world. Each year Les Arts Florissants offers a program of more than 100 concerts in many different forms, and in prestigious concert halls all over the world. Crédit Agricole CIB is proud to support this institution in its international development, in the training of its young talents and in transmitting its passion for baroque music to younger generations.

In Saintes

  • The "Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye aux Dames"

Cité musicale (musical city) in Saintes, l’Abbaye aux Dames welcomes the training of the ‘Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye’ - previously “Jeune Orchestre Atlantique” (JOA). The JOA offers a unique professional training programme in Europe. It allows young musicians finishing their studies or starting their professional lives to play baroque and classical repertoires on period instruments. It is designed both for training and for professional integration. The musicians are surrounded by prestigious conductors and offered international opportunities.

In London

Since 2013, Crédit Agricole CIB has been encouraging cultural transmission by supporting two London cultural institutions:

  • Barbican

This young British institution is the largest centre of live entertainment in Europe.

  • Royal Academy of Arts

This institution gathers one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world.

In New York

For some thirty years, Crédit Agricole CIB has been supporting New York’s major cultural institutions. 

  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Bank supports the aim of the MoMA: offering the best of modern and contemporary art to a wide audience. 

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)

The Met is one of the largest museums in the world and presents 10 000 years of history through paintings, sculptures and objects from the five continents. 

Education and research

Crédit Agricole CIB fosters the generation of knowledge and dialogue between the worlds of academia and business.

The Bank supports research and innovation through the Finance and Sustainable Development Chair at Paris-Dauphine University and the Ecole Polytechnique. This multi-disciplinary research project supported from the beginning by Crédit Agricole CIB brings together specialists in quantitative finance, mathematicians and specialists in Sustainable Development. The Chair is part of Crédit Agricole CIB’s determined effort to create a balance combining economy, environment and social challenges.

One of the directions of research pursued since 2010 by the Finance and Sustainable Development Chair involves the quantification of the indirect impacts of financing and investment activities, in particular greenhouse gas emissions caused by the activities of the Bank’s clients.