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Social & Sustainable Finance Chair – Partners

Social & Sustainable Finance Chair – Partners


Created in 1818, the Caisses d´Epargne are cooperative banks owned by their member customers. The Caisses d´Epargne are banks firmly rooted in their territories and whose mission is to direct the savings placed by customers towards the financing of responsible projects and companies. The corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the Caisses d’Epargne in general, and of the Caisse d’Epargne Languedoc-Roussillon (CELR) in particular, is a concrete commitment to businesses, local economy, regional development, professionals, individuals, as well as societal and technological innovation, to promote sustainable development. It is in this spirit that the CELR has been working with the Microfinance in Developed Countries Chair since 2018. As part of the Social & Sustainable Finance Chair, the funding provided by the CELR enables us to develop teaching and research projects, and events to promote social and sustainable finance.

Created in 2011, microStart is an initiative of Adie, a pioneer in European microfinance, BNP Paribas Fortis and the European Investment Fund. As the leading microfinance institution in Belgium, microStart supports and grants microloans to (future) entrepreneurs who do not have access to financing from the traditional banking sector. Today, microStart is one of the most dynamic and innovative European players in the field of professional microcredit. MicroStart’s practices comply with the European Code of Good Conduct promoted by the European Commission and intended for EU Microfinance Institutions.

Membership of the Chair to associations

Created in 2001, the FIR is a multi-stakeholder association whose corporate purpose is to promote and develop responsible investment and its best practices. It brings together investors, fund managers, specialists in social and environmental analysis, consultants as well as unions, NGOs, academics …

The European Microfinance Network (EMN) is a member-based not-for-profit organization based in Brussels, which promotes microfinance as a tool to fight social and financial exclusion in Europe through self-employment and the creation of microenterprises. It is the network’s mission to facilitate capacity building and to advocate on behalf of the sector.

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