OUR HISTORY

  • 1984

    SOS GROUP is founded. Its first goal is to help and accompany people suffering from addiction.

  • 1986

    ‘SOS Habitat et Soins’ (SOS Housing & Care) is created to respond to the urge of AIDS epidemic. It offers innovative and diverse programs providing housing to people in need, and people suffering from AIDS-related chronical diseases.

  • 1995

    Our global approach to society’s challenges very quickly required the pooling of means to act on all levers of the fight against social exclusion. This is why the structures unite in 1995 to organize their complementary modes of operation. Described at the time as the « Founding Organizations » of the group, they create the Alterna cooperative, together with the State Services and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. The goal is to meet the emergence of nonprofit organizations in the field of real estate, and to help out in the implementation of a new social housing policy aimed at encouraging the reintegration of suffering populations. They also decide to pool several functions (accounting, legal, finance, HR, etc.) within an economic interest group (Alliance Gestion), thereby professionalizing the management, consulting and internal control of their activities and generating significant economies of scale.

  • 2000s

    SOS GROUP accelerates its diversification by creating innovative schemes and integrating organizations in financial difficulty or in search of growth. It especially invests in professional integration through jobs combined with training and tools (2001), early childhood care (2005), sustainable development consulting (2005), hospital management (2008), care, housing of the elderly (2011), etc.

  • 2001

    Mass unemployment drives SOS GROUP to develop occupational integration programs through its integration companies. Long term unemployed people, unskilled youngsters, people with a difficult past… We believe everyone can get a job.

  • 2005

    First early childhood care activities. SOS GROUP pioneers the creation of childcare centers welcoming both the general public and challenged children, as well as assistance for low-income parents.

  • 2008

    SOS GROUP takes over a hospital in financial difficulty. Since then, we provide answers to shortages of doctors and declining health services for the poor, showing that excellent health care is possible for all, regardless of the income level.

  • 2010

    As our field of expertise expands, our desire to use it to help new players grows. SOS GROUP created Pulse, to assist social entrepreneurs in France and abroad, and to help them create innovative responses to social, economic and environmental challenges, also throughout our NGOS.

  • 2011 – 2012

    The group invests in the sectors of dependent elderly people and health. It then undertakes a profound reorganization, distributing its activities according to business lines and fields of activity.

     

    For instance, in accordance with its dynamics of innovative solutions meeting society’s needs, SOS GROUP creates in the following years emergency reception centers for migrants and asylum seekers. 

  • 2017

    Society keeps on changing, and so do its challenges. SOS GROUP adapts to face new issues. Two new fields of activity are created: SOS GROUP Culture and SOS GROUP Ecological transition. Our international activities are clustered into another sector: SOS GROUP International action.

  • 2018

    SOS GROUP structures its activities transversally to create three new fields : SOS GROUP Participations financially supports external positive impact projects ; SOS GROUP Consulting conducts missions, backed by SOS GROUP’s vast range of experts and skills ; SOS GROUP Tech gathers initiatives mixing technological and social innovation.

  • 2020

    In 2020, the Group launched its ninth sector: SOS GROUP Territorial action. It seeks to implement activities that promote territorial development and integration. The main project of the sector is 1000 Cafés, which backs up small businesses to dynamize the rural France. The same year, SOS GROUP launched Impact Tank, the first European think-and-do-tank dedicated to social innovation and positive impact which uses fieldwork expertise.