Positive Planet

Positive Planet , formerly PlaNet Finance 1 , is an NGO whose main mission is to develop economic, social and environmental inclusion around the world in a sustainable and equitable way.

Its projects give access to financial services , entrepreneurship and markets to the greatest number, and in particular to the poorest populations , so that development promotes the fulfillment of the aspirations and potential of everyone for the benefit of the poor. succeeding generations 2 .

Founded in 1998 by Jacques Attali and Arnaud Ventura under the name of PlaNet Finance, the NGO Positive Planet leads more than 40 projects in nearly 39 countries 3 . It brings together 130 collaborators, including 100 experts in the field 4 . Its headquarters are in Paris, France . In 2013, OSI was awarded the 80 th best NGO World according to The Global Journal.


  • In 1998, PlaNet Finance was founded by Jacques Attali and Arnaud Ventura
  • In 2015, PlaNet Finance is renamed Positive Planet.

Mission of Positive Planet

  • The initial mandate of the NGO was to fight poverty through the development of microfinance 5
  • In 20 years, financial inclusion has turned 6 : a series of small initiatives, it has become a large-scale movement offering financial services and non-financial.
  • Having developed its experience in financial inclusion , which remains an important part of its activity, Positive Planet has also for several years been conducting projects focused on entrepreneurship 7 , financial education 8and the organization of value chains.

The Foundation

Positive Planet is organized under a Foundation recognized by public utility 9 and made up of 3 entities: the international NGO Positive Planet since 1998, Positive Planet France since 2006 and the Positive Economy Forum since 2012 10 .

In order to finance the various projects of the NGO Positive Planet, the Foundation organizes several events during the year including the Positive Cinema Week at the Cannes Film Festival, the Positive Planet Awards as well as various gala dinners and lunches.

Positive Cinema Week

Positive Cinema Week highlights a cinema that inspires future generations. It brings together directors, actors and personalities of the humanitarian sector and the world of cinema to discuss how cinema can raise awareness and make people want to change the world 11 . A series of discussions is also organized during the Positive Cinema Week roundtables that bring together directors, actors, journalists and business leaders at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Positive Planet Awards

Each year, in December, the Positive Planet Awards recognize the determination and courage of entrepreneurs around the world. At this unmissable meeting of the positive economy, several awards, presented by Positive Planet’s ambassadors and partner companies, distinguish solidarity initiatives around the world. This is an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of everyone in the positive economy, around a committed artist, who comes to perform a musical performance.

The NGO Positive Planet

Positive Planet, formerly known as PlaNet Finance 12 , is an international anti-poverty organization whose mission is to help people develop income-generating activities independently. The NGO offers advisory services and technical assistance to microfinance stakeholders, as well as socio-economic integration programs for the poorest populations. Positive Planet is present in 39 countries (Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Middle East) 13 .

PlaNet Finance share the values of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations and works on triggers, on the ground, a dynamic development.

In total, nearly 250 employees participate in the implementation of projects mainly in rural or semi-rural areas from representative offices (Burkina Faso, Armenia, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Paraguay, Chile, Egypt). , Côte d’Ivoire, Myanmar, Tunisia, Lebanon, China), regional offices (Paris, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg) and affiliated offices (London, Tokyo, Mumbai, New York) 14 .

Market Access

Establish a strong and lasting link between small producers, whether artisans or farmers, and the market: it is for this purpose that Positive Planet structures inclusive value chains. These responsible production chains aim to increase producers’ production and added value, while bringing long-term economic benefits to companies and institutions that support this approach.

Access to financial services

Provide access to credit for the poorest people to create sustainable activities. Build agile, rigorously managed, and profitable microfinance institutions. Strengthen existing ones by helping them expand their offering and their client portfolio. Help commercial banks develop a microfinance offer for a population whose income is growing year by year. And in any case, use the lever of new technologies to increase productivity and expand the service offer.

Access to entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the first response to the high unemployment rate for decades in some regions. Because creating your business is also creating your job, Positive Planet wants to help those at the bottom of the pyramid who are motivated to start. It gives them the intellectual means to manage their business, supports them in the design of their project, supports their start-up, helps them to access financing, and ensures, by accompanying them in the long term, their autonomous development.

Positive Economy Forum

Positive Economy Forum 15 was created in 2012 to incubate innovative ideas and approaches for the development of a responsible, just and sustainable economy. 16 This concept is based on several publications and educational and awareness-raising events. 17

Positive Planet France

In France, through its network of associations located in the heart of troubled neighborhoods Positive Planet France 18 , led by Sylvaine Falque, supports people far from employment wanting to realize their business project. 19


Positive Planet is led by a Board of Directors chaired by Jacques Attali and a committee of honor. Its executive committee manages and animates daily operations and activities. The general manager of Positive Planet is Thierry Chamouton since June 2016.

Board of Directors 20

  • Jacques Attali , President, PlaNet Finance
  • Alexandre Allard , President, Allard Group
  • Jean-Michel Attal , Notary, SCP Attal & Associates
  • Philippe Bourguignon , President, Executive Resorts
  • Jean-Philippe Courtois , President Microsoft International
  • Corinne Evens , Administrator, Evens Foundation
  • Philippe Faure , Ambassador of France
  • Christian Fleuret , President, Finarea
  • Bernard Herman , Independent Director
  • Fred Hessabi , Senior VP & Managing Director, SAP Continental Europe
  • Henri Lachmann , Former Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric
  • Bertrand Lavayssière , President, ARES & CO
  • Olivier Marchal , President, Bain & Company France
  • Joël Pain, Executive Director, EMEIA Financial Services, Ernst & Young
  • Stéphane Pallez , President and CEO, La Française des Jeux
  • Raphaël Palti , President, Altavia
  • Philippe Peuch-Lestrade , Assistant to the President, International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Marc Rennard , Senior Executive Vice President, Orange AMEA
  • Isabelle Santenac , Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Robert Sebbag , Vice President, Access to Medicines, SANOFI
  • David B. Sela , President, COPAP
  • Philippe Varin , Chairman of the Board, Areva

The Honorary Committee

  • Abdou Diouf , Co-President Former President of Senegal, Former Secretary General of La Francophonie
  • Muhammad Yunus , Co-Chair Nobel Peace Prize 2006, Founder and Former President of Grameen Bank
  • Yusuf bin Alawi Bin Abdullah , Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sultanate of Oman
  • Michèle Barzach , President, GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali , Former Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Thierry Breton , CEO, Atos Origin
  • Rachida Dati , Member of the European Parliament
  • Michel David-Weill , Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Eurazeo
  • Etienne Davignon , Former Minister of State, Belgium; Vice President, Suez Tractebel
  • Jean-François Dehecq , Honorary President, Sanofi Aventis
  • Jacques Delors , Former President of the European Commission
  • Paul Hermelin , Chief Executive Officer, Capgemini
  • Robert Hormats , Under-Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, USA
  • Ishrat Hussain , Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
  • Horst Köhler , Former President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Bernard Kouchner , Former Ministers of Foreign and European Affairs of the French Republic
  • Maurice Lévy , Chairman of the Management Board, Groupe Publicis
  • David Li , Chief Executive Officer, Bank of East Asia
  • Pedro Moreira Salles , CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Unibanco
  • Kimanthi Mutua , Managing Director and Founder, K-REP Bank
  • Indra Nooyi , Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
  • Felix G. Rohatyn , Former US Ambassador to France, President, Rohatyn Associates
  • Augustin de Romanet , Chief Executive Officer, Aéroports de Paris
  • Julio Maria Sanguinetti , Former President of the Republic of Uruguay
  • Erik Solheim , President of the Development Assistance Committee, OECD
  • Shashi Tharoor , Member of the Indian Parliament
  • George Yong Boon Yeo , Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Singapore


  • 2013: 80 th best NGO World according to The Global Journal .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ ” Let’s be positive ”  [ archive ] , on huffingtonpost , (accessed July 12, 2016 )
  2. ↑ ” Positive Planet ”  [ archive ] , on Positiveplanet.ngo
  3. ↑ ” Some figures ”  [ archive ] , on positiveplanet.ngo , (accessed July 12, 2016 )
  4. ↑ ” Some figures – Positive Planet ”  [ archive ] (accessed July 8, 2016 )
  5. ↑ Vittorio de Filippis, « « Questions to … Jacques Attali, president of the NGO PlaNet Finance. According to him, poverty, far from receding, will affect half of the world population in thirty years. Microcredit can stop this disaster. » », Release,
  6. ↑ {“type”: “linear”, “range”: {“type”: “range”, “from”: 1330, “to”: 1313}} ” Evolution of International Financing for Financial Inclusion ”  [ archive ] , on cgap.org , (accessed July 11, 2016 )
  7. ↑ Claude Leguilloux ” Engie agrees with PlaNet Finance France for entrepreneurship in the suburbs ,” Boursier.com, ( read online  [ archive ] )
  8. ↑ ” South Africa / Capacity Building ”  [ archive ] , on positiveplanet.ngo , (accessed July 11, 2016 )
  9. ↑ ” Official Journal of the French Republic ”  [ archive ] , on legifrance.gouv.fr , (accessed July 12, 2016 )
  10. ↑ ” The Foundation ”  [ archive ] , on positiveplanet.ngo , (accessed July 18, 2016 )
  11. ↑ ” Jacques Attali:” A good movie makes you want to change the world “ ”  [ archive ] , on sofilm.fr ,(accessed February 14, 2017 )
  12. ↑ ” Let’s be positive ”  [ archive ] , on huffingtonpost.com , (accessed July 18, 2016 )
  13. ↑ Valérie Talmon, « « PlaNet Finance: microentrepreneurs of the world in the spotlight » », Les Echos ,
  14. ↑ ” Our presence in the world ”  [ archive ] , on Positiveplanet.ngo , (accessed July 18, 2016 )
  15. ↑ ” Positive economy forum ”  [ archive ] , on challenges.fr , (accessed July 19, 2016 )
  16. ↑ ” Manifesto for the positive economy ”  [ archive ] , on lemonde.fr , (accessed February 16, 2017 )
  17. ↑ ” We must escape the dictatorship of the short term ”  [ archive ] , on challenges.fr , (accessedFebruary 16, 2017 )
  18. ↑ ” Planet Adam, The specialist of the creation of company ”  [ archive ] , on Planetadam.org , (accessedJuly 19, 2016 )
  19. ↑ ” The creation of business revitalises the neighborhoods ”  [ archive ] , on pole-emploi.org ,(accessed February 16, 2017 )
  20. ↑ ” Board of Directors ”  [ archive ] , on PlanetFinance

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