Created in 2012, L’Envol, La Banque Postale’s social sponsorship programme, is a charity registered under the French 1901 law which fully involves its employees by encouraging their community engagement. This approach is driven by the Group’s values of inclusion and its status as a mission-led company.
This initiative provides selected students with individual mentorship, from the time they start sixth form until they enter higher general, technology or professional education (bachelor degree level) and/or employment.
L’Envol mentorship includes corporate networking, skills-building workshops (public speaking, self-confidence, etc.), cultural and institutional visits and intensive e-learning courses. Students are also introduced to tutors, the children of Group employees, in order to benefit from one-on-one lessons when faced with temporary difficulties in a specific subject.
Each year, around 100 sponsors, who are Group employees, commit to accompanying more than 100 new students towards success, by providing them with external support, orientation towards the world and society, and by believing in them and their capabilities. Thanks to the skills-sharing programme, as from 2023 employees will be able to invest in these young people during their office hours. Therefore, to take part in residential retreats with the students, employees will no longer need to take paid leave. Their commitments to L’Envol will be carried out on company time, according to their availability and in agreement with their manager. L’Envol has also set an objective to support young participants in understanding the social and environmental challenges of the future, to ensure that they became citizens who are more informed and better armed to face the ecological transition.