Created in 1998, CERISE is a French non-profit dedicated to responsible and ethical finance. Pioneer of social performance manangement, CERISE is dedicated to finding solutions for mission-driven organizations to make their social goals a reality.
We believe that finance can be responsible, ethical and inclusive, as long as economic actors adopt approaches to measure and manage their social performance.
CERISE is a social innovator. We work 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.
Our mission: Support actors in inclusive finance and social business worldwide achieve their social mission.
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 missions-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:
- AFD – French Agency for Development
- Liechtenstein Development Service
- Ford Foundation
- Development and Cooperation service of the Swiss Development Agency
- Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (FPH)
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.
Microfinance Initiative for Asia is a debt fund managed by Blue Orchard. CERISE is providing tailored technical assistance in social performance management and client protection to microfinance institutions in the MIFA portfolio. India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka. 2017-2019
Social investor SIDI provides financial and institutional support to MFIs, producer organizations and social businesses around the world. SIDI called on CERISE to help it define and structure its theory of change and impact reporting framework. 2018
Proparco is the investment arm of the French Agency for Development. CERISE has created a due diligence tool for Proparco to assess social business investment funds. 2017-2018
aBi supports agribusiness development with financial and non-financial services to private sector actors in Uganda. CERISE is helping aBi to develop a reporting standard on Socially-responsible Investment (SRI) to better measure, manage and communicate. 2019
Opportunity International is a network of microfinance institutions in 24 countries around the world. CERISE provides off-site coaching to OI partners on how to use the SPI4 and how to improve SPM practices. 2016-2018
Vision Fund International is a network of microfinance institutions with over 30 affiliates worldwide. CERISE is providing training and capacity building to VFI Social Performance Managers in the CERISE-SPI4 social audit tool. 2017-2018
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 any positions open right now, but feel free to send us your CV and cover letter to include in our recruitment database.