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The Sopra Steria-Institut de France Foundation


Our mission: digital technology serving vulnerable people and the environment

The Foundation supports the development of social and environmental solidarity projects, proposed by non-profit organisations or charities, that facilitate the daily lives of disadvantaged people through innovation and social entrepreneurship

Its fields of action are education and training, social inclusion and environmental preservation.


Key Dates

2001: creation of the Foundation under the  aegis of the Institut de France

2003: launch of the Students Award

2016: the Foundation extends its activity to a new domain, preservation of environmental resources

2019: launch of the "Entrepreneurship for tomorrow" Award open to young entrepreneurs

Key Figures

Over 100 projects supported with around 60 charities

Over 200 Sopra Steria volunteer project sponsors

21 awards won by students from engineering schools, business  schools and universities, and young entrepreneurs, as part of the Entrepreneurship for tomorrow Award


Our support

We provide financial support: each project is granted with a budget of minimum €5,000. Projects must be presented by French non-profit organisations and showcase the use of digital technology, bringing  a direct benefit to final users in the community. Projects asking for IT functional support of organisations, financial support only or donation of IT equipment only are not eligible. 

We sponsor projects thanks to Sopra Steria employee volunteers. Volunteers can bring guidance and expertise in various fields:  project methodology, technical or functional expertise, mentorship,etc. The Foundation is an opportunity for our employees to share their skills for the benefit of disadvantaged people.

We engage the younger generation via the "Entrepreneurship for tomorrow" Award: a challenge aimed at students and young entrepreneurs encouraging digital, social and environmental innovation applied to community projects. Two awards are granted to young entrepreneurs & student winners from engineering, business schools and universities in France, in order to implement a sustainable  project, with a financial support ranging from €5,000 to €10,000 and an operational support to challenge and launch the projects,  with the help of  partners and Sopra Steria volunteers.


Our governance

The Foundation is governed by a Board, composed of members from Sopra Steria and from Institut de France:

  • Xavier Darcos, Chairman - Chancellor of the Institut de France 
  • Yves Rouilly, Honorary Chairman & Founding member - retired Sopra Steria manager
  • Laurent Giovachini, General Manager - Deputy CEO Sopra Steria
  • Fabienne Mathey-Girbig, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Director Sopra Steria
  • Jean-Bernard Rampini, Founding member of the Foundation & Innovation Director Sopra Steria
  • Catherine Royer, Human Development Director Sopra Steria
  • Nicolas Seguin, Founding member – retired Sopra Steria manager 
  • Serge Abiteboul, Member of the Academy of Sciences (Institut de France)
  • François Baccelli, Member of the Academy of Sciences (Institut de France)
  • Gérard Berry, Member of the Academy of Sciences (Institut de France)
  • Yves Quéré,  Member of the Academy of Sciences (Institut de France)