Societe Generale strengthens its partnership with SWIFT, announcing use of SWIFTNet to access STET and signing up to the KYC registry

15 October 2015

Societe Generale today announced that its Global Transaction Banking arm (GTB) has selected SWIFT and its SWIFTNet network to send its domestic payments to STET, the payment infrastructure which processes French and Belgian retail transactions, and which has a 51.8% share of the euro payment market.

In addition, after acting as a pilot for the tool, SOCIETE GENERALE has signed the SWIFT KYC Registry contract, strengthening its relationship with SWIFT. SWIFT’s KYC Registry allows data sharing, enabling users to address the requirements of Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance, the due diligence activities that financial institutions must perform on their counterparts in order to do business with them.

SWIFT’s KYC Registry uses a standardised dataset and provides a secure way of sharing KYC information globally, therefore helping users reduce the cost, effort and risk related to KYC compliance. It has the potential to connect the 7000+ member banks involved in correspondent banking, providing a single point of reference for KYC information. At the same time, it enables banks to maintain the ownership of and the responsibility for their data. Already, the KYC Registry includes almost 1500 financial institutions in 176 countries. This represents a significant base that will improve the compliance process, making it easier and less costly for participants.

The KYC Registry has been developed in recognition of the fact that KYC requirements will be increasingly stringent, requiring more and more resources and time, so there is a clear need for a standardised, collaborative tool in this non-competitive area to create cost efficiency.

Global Transaction Banking (GTB) integrates, within the Societe Generale Group, business activities such as cash management, correspondent banking, international trade finance, factoring and related currency services. These different competencies are offered to financial institutions and companies including multinational corporations as well as large- and medium-size companies that conduct business internationally.

Active in more than 50 countries across the globe, GTB teams offer bespoke and secure domestic and international solutions to optimise and manage daily financial transactions and sales operations.

Its teams’ expertise receive regular industry recognition: GTB was elected Best Treasury Services in Africa, Best cash management services in Europe in the EMEA area (EMEA Finance Magazine 2014), Best Bank for cash & liquidity management in Central and Eastern Europe (TMI Magazine 2015), Best Trade Finance Bank in France(Global Finance 2015). In 2014 CGA – Compagnie Générale d’Affacturage, a fully-owned Societe Generale subsidiary received the Silver Award for “Best Factoring Institution” by TFR.

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