De Facto – Dynamique européenne en faveur des fondations actionnaires

Who are we?

The De Facto community brings French entrepreneurs pioneers of shareholder foundations together, creates a network of European experts and correspondents, and promotes the development of this model in France.

While shareholder foundations are a widespread model of ownership and governance in Northern Europe, with famous examples (NovoNordisk, Bosch, Carlsberg, Velux, Rolex, etc) and many family ETIs involved, they are still very rare in France.

Created in 2018 on the initiative of Prophil, the De Facto community is aimed to make this model known and to develop its practice, in the light of the best European examples.

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What are our goals?

Sharing with peers

De Facto is a privileged, confidential, and friendly space of exchanges and peer-to-peer meetings for people sincerely committed to the process by adhering to a common charter. Through regular meetings and thematic workshops, De Facto encourages the professionalization of actors and the sharing of good practices.

Conference at the Maif Social Club, 7th November 2019
Making a collective plea

The De Facto community promotes the Shareholder Foundation model to other French entrepreneurs and does advocacy work with policy makers.

Study trip in 2019, discovering Swiss Shareholder Foundations.
Drawing from European models

Thanks to its network of European correspondents and experts, De Facto offers a monitoring on the most emblematic examples and on the ongoing research. Study trips are an opportunity for De Facto members to discover together the models and the practices of European pioneers.

Our community

Archimbaud 

Now, the Archimbaud Group is the first producer of planks for pallets in France, and of pellets for biomass energy.

Bureau Vallée

Bureau Vallée is one of the leaders in the distribution of office supplies and discount stationery.

Vitamine T

Vitamin T is one of the French flowers of social entrepreneurship in the field of integration through economic activity.

Bio Perennis

The bio Perennis multi-shareholder endowment fund brings together historical bio and solidarity finance companies: Arcadie, Atma, Biocoop, ESFIN, L'Herbier du Diois, Lamazuna, Maison Meneau, la Nef, Le Pain de Belledonne, Sora Finance, Terre de liens.

Léa Nature

Léa Nature is one of the first manufacturers of organic products (grocery, cosmetics, maintenance, etc.) for medium and large supermarkets.

Ecodis

Ecodis designs and distributes more than 2000 eco-products for home equipment to specialized stores, merchant sites and artisans.

Ulterïa

Ulterïa is an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the fields of work, food, training, and social bonding.

Entreprises et Cités

The Entreprises et Cités endowment fund is a historical player in the support (technical, financial, legal, HR) of entrepreneurs in the Hauts-de-France region.

Naos

Naos is an international player in Skincare with a unique scientific approach: ecobiology.

Mediapart

Mediapart is a digital, independent, and participatory newspaper.

SeaBird

Founded in 2005, SeaBird is the independent consulting firm specialized in the support of Finance, Actuarial, Risks and Operations functions of insurance players: insurance companies, mutual insurance firms, social protection groups and brokers.

Ubiflow

Ubiflow is a digital expert for real estate and automotive professionals.

Digital Parenting Foundation

The Digital Parenting Foundation's mission is to help parents support their children in making better use of digital tools.

Mozaïk Foundation

The Mozaïk Foundation is a major player in the economic inclusion of talented people representing ethnic diversity.

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Our European correspondents

  • Swiss

    Thanks to its network of European correspondents and experts, De Facto offers a monitoring on examples.

    Our correspondents:

    • Delphine Bottge 

      Lawyer, Academic Fellow in the Center for Philanthropy, University of Geneva

  • Denmark

    Thanks to its network of European correspondents and experts, De Facto offers a monitoring on examples.

    Our correspondents:

    • Pierre-Yves Jullien

      Vice-president of the Franco-danish CCI

    • Anders Torbøl

      Lawyer, President of the Franco-danish CCI

    • Marianne Philip

      Lawyer, Member of the executive comity of the NovaNordisk Foundation

  • Germany

    Thanks to its network of European correspondents and experts, De Facto offers a monitoring on examples.

    Our correspondents:

    • Armin Steuernagel

      Co-founder of the Purpose Foundation

Community partners