SOS GROUP is born. That year, a nonprofit organization is created to put together programs helping people suffering from addiction.
The nonprofit ‘SOS Habitat et Soins’ (SOS Housing & Care) is created to respond to the AIDS epidemic. It offers innovative and diverse programs, especially aimed at housing people in need or people suffering from AIDS related chronical diseases.
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 nonprofit 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, in collaboration 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.
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.
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… everyone can get a job.
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.
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.
As our field of expertise expands, our desire to use it to help new players grows. SOS GROUP Pulse is thus created to assist social entrepreneurs in France and abroad, and to help them create innovative responses to social, economic and environmental challenges.
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.
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.
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 all the group’s initiatives mixing technological and social innovation.
Like many social players around the globe, SOS GROUP faced the COVID-19 epidemic. Some of our structures were on the frontline, like our hospitals, retirement homes, centers for disabled people in the Paris area and in Eastern France, two regions where the pandemic hit hard. Day in, day out, our teams fought with courage to provide healthcare, protect and assist those in need. Some actions were suspended or reorganized and their teams volunteered to back up those on the frontline. We are deeply grateful to all the people, nonprofit organizations and companies that offered invaluable help.