Created in 1998, CERISE is a French non-profit organization, pioneer in social performance management. CERISE is dedicated to responsible and ethical finance, willing to find solutions for mission-driven organizations to make their social goals a reality.
CERISE believes finance can be responsible, ethical and inclusive, as long as economic actors adopt approaches to measure and manage their social performance.
As a social innovator, CERISE works with actors in inclusive finance, social business and impact-investing to co-create social standards and social assessment tools that are free to all.
CERISE offers consultancy services to all types of mission-driven organizations equipping them with the skills and tools they need to define and achieve their impact thesis.
Vision: Contribute to building a transparent, responsible, inclusive and high social-impact financial sector that contributes to the reduction of inequality.
Mission: Support impact investors, inclusive finance and social enterprises to achieve their social mission.
- Collaboration – CERISE collaborates with a range of partners to facilitate knowledge sharing and collective intelligence. CERISE’s members and partners are catalysts of progress, thanks to their active participation and contributions to our collective thinking on ethical finance.
- Innovation – CERISE constantly seeks to push the boundaries of our actions, to introduce innovative approaches and tools to respond to the challenges of inequality.
- Solidarity – CERISE works closely with a rich variety of partners –financial service providers, social businesses, networks, investors, donors, researchers – from the North and South, who enrich each other mutually in their differences.
- Respect – CERISE treats partners with respect and esteem, with particular attention to equity and fairness, regardless of their origin.
CERISE was founded in 1998 by five of the leading French organizations supporting microfinance around the world: CIDR, GRET, IRAM, IRC/SupAgro, and CIRAD. CERISE started as peer-learning platform, to promote knowledge sharing among the founding members.
In 2012, CERISE registered as a not-for-profit association dedicated to ethical finance.
Today, the Board is comprised of four of the founding members, represented by their organizations (CIDR, GRET, IRAM) or as individuals.
Monique Cohen is the President of CERISE since March 2017. International expert on microfinance, Monique Cohen worked on impact issues for USAID before founding in 2002 Microfinance Opportunities, organization dedicated to financial education for low-income populations.
CERISE works with mission-driven organizations to co-develop social standards and create self-assessment tools that are public goods.
Around 40% of CERISE’s budget comes from subsidies, which allows us to innovate as well as uphold our open-access approach.
The remaining 60% of CERISE’s budget is self-financed through a service mix designed to support actors in inclusive finance and social business worldwide achieve their social mission.
These partners have provided invaluable support over the years:
Partners & clients
CERISE has worked closely and successfully with a range of partners in the North and South.
Learn more about recent projects and how CERISE helps mission-driven organizations achieve their social goals.
CERISE works with Ankuram and the support of the Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI) to guide the institution Satin Creditcare Network Ltd in an impact study, including the profile of customers, their satisfaction and expected changes in relation to the SDGs taken into account in the strategy of this large Indian organization. 2020
In 2020, CERISE joins forces with Incofin and M-CRIL on measuring results! Incofin has launched a multi-year partnership that will help beneficiaries of a dedicated fund (agRIF) to rigorously monitor their impact with their target customers, by collecting key information and using pragmatic “impact dashboards”. Read press release
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation supports rural development in Africa, Asia and Central Europe through investment services and technical support for PSFs and social enterprises. CERISE works with GCAMF to define its impact strategy, set up its impact management system (approach, indicators, data collection protocols) and communicate externally on its results. 2019-2020
With Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, CERISE leads a technical assistance and GPS project in the Caribbean region. The objective is to assess and improve the local PSF’s GPS capabilities, giving them access to best practices and the most recent tools in this area. 8 audits were carried out in 2019, others are to come in 2020 as well as a regional benchmark report. 2019-2020
Between March and December 2019, CERISE and BRAC International worked jointly to train and qualify SPI4 auditors within affiliated institutions and international headquarters. CERISE provided virtual training for auditors as well as remote support for carrying out SPI4 audits and analyzing the results. Thanks to a strong commitment from participants, this project contributed to the creation and appropriation of a clear GPS action plan by all BRAC International affiliates.
Do you share the vision that finance can be responsible, ethical, inclusive? Are you motivated by a collaborative, dynamic and values-driven work environment? Join us!
Positions currently available:
CERISE currently does not have open position right now, but feel free to send us your CV and cover letter to include in our recruitment database.