BNP Paribas Foundation

To support and encourage growth. We identify talents, innovative projects and personalities that contribute to changing the world. We are committed to helping them grow and thrive. We provide them with active, tailor-made support over the long term, give them platforms and promote their projects, whether they are social, environmental or cultural... This is our mission.

The BNP Paribas Foundation, placed under the aegis of the Fondation de France, is a major player and expert in corporate philanthropy, and had been since 1984. Our approach is based on two strong themes, innovation and youth. Guided by our two priorities, impact and societal issues, we support projects dedicated to solidarity, environment and culture. Because we are convinced that philanthropy can be a key lever for transformation. 

As a transition accelerator, the Foundation stands out for its pioneering and avant-garde spirit, as well as for its ability to act on major societal issues.

Our 3 fields of action

BNP Paribas Foundation - Solidarity
Solidarity: integrating and growing 

The BNP Paribas Foundation fights against various forms of exclusion, particularly in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and supports programmes to promote social integration and education. It also supports the Group's employees’ initiatives.

Our commitments to solidarity
LIFE WITHOUT ICE -  Summit of Cotopaxi volcano (5900 m) covered in snow in Ecuador
Environment: supporting scientific research on climate and biodiversity 

The Foundation invests in French and international research teams concerned with understanding the impacts of climate change and the correlation with the evolution of our planet's biodiversity.

OUR COMMITMENTS to the environment
Dodecadanse - Theo Ceccaldi / Kaori Ito - BNP Paribas Foundation - Culture
Culture: daring and supporting

Culture is an incredible vehicle for individual and social development. The BNP Paribas Foundation is investing in three areas that are off the beaten track: contemporary dance, contemporary circus arts and jazz.


Since 1984, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported 


social and educational initiatives 


climate and biodiversity research programmes


cultural projects

Our Executive Committee 

Chaired by Michel Pébereau, Chairman of the BNP Paribas Foundation, the Executive Committee is the collegiate body that ensures the governance of the Foundation and is responsible for its actions vis-à-vis the Fondation de France. 

The Executive Committee is made up of 15 members divided into 3 colleges representing the various entities and skills of BNP Paribas as well as qualified persons and experts from outside the bank in the 3 fields of intervention of the BNP Paribas Foundation (solidarity, environment and culture) in order to guarantee the transparency of the Foundation's operations.

The Executive Committee meets twice a year. It decides on the strategy of the BNP Paribas Foundation, the commitments of the Foundation to projects exceeding €40,000 and their proper implementation.

The Executive Committee is supported in its mission by three other committees:

The Solidarity Committee

The Solidarity Committee is made up of Group employees and members of the BNP Paribas Foundation. It meets twice a year to approve the Foundation's commitments in the social field for projects of up to €40,000 per year or €120,000 over 3 years. Its members are elected for a renewable period of 3 years.

Refugeeks - Simplon / BNP Paribas Foundation

The Culture Committee

The Culture Committee, made up of BNP Paribas employees, meets three times a year to approve the Foundation's commitments in the cultural field (jazz, contemporary dance, circus arts) for projects of up to €40,000 per year or €120,000 over 3 years. 

Culture Ballet Compagnie XY

The Scientific Committee

The research projects supported under the Climate & Biodiversity Initiative programme of the BNP Paribas Foundation are selected every 3 years through a call for projects. The rigorous selection process of this call for projects includes specific governance. The BNP Paribas Foundation is supported by its scientific committee of renowned researchers who play a key role in the selection process, by providing experienced insight into the most promising projects.

Members of the Executive Committee

Michel Pébereau, Chairman of the BNP Paribas Foundation 
Sofia Merlo, Head of Human Resources 
Marguerite Bérard, Head of French Retail Banking 
Thierry Laborde, Chief Operating Officer, Commercial, Personal Banking & Services 
Bertrand Cizeau, Head of Group Communication & Deputy Head of Company Engagement 
Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement 
Yann Gérardin, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate and Institutional Banking 
Stefaan Decreane, Head of International Commercial, Personal Banking & Services
Renaud Dumora, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Investment & Protection Services 
Michel Konczaty, Executive Advisor to General Management 
Andréa Munari, President of BNL 
Jean-François Chougnet, President of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations 
Régine Paillard, Principal of the Lycée Jean Zay (Paris) 
Catherine Withol de Wenden, Director of Research at the CNRS 
Axelle Davezac, Executive Director of the Fondation de France


  • Isabelle Giordano, Head of Group Philanthropy and General Delegate of the BNP Paribas Foundation
  • Solidarity: Agnès Beccaria, Sovarie Gédin, Perrine Tesse
  • Environment: Nathalie Andriamamonjy, Delphine Gluzman Grosman
  • Culture: Mathilde Favre, Adeline Jacques
  • Rescue & Recovery Fund: Sébastien Baijard
  • Communication: Isabelle Candelier
  • Cross-functional projects: Cécile Advani, Jeanie Darras, Céline Hernandez
"Acting for a better world is in the DNA of our philanthropy. Innovating, accompanying dreams, supporting visionaries that act for solidarity, the environment and culture - who challenge us and show us the way to engage as vigilant players - are all missions that are close to our hearts at the BNP Paribas Foundation."

Isabelle Giordano

Head of Group Philanthropy and General Delegate of the BNP Paribas Foundation

BNP Paribas Group's philanthropy, a worldwide involvement

The BNP Paribas Foundation leads and coordinates the international development of the BNP Paribas Group's philanthropy wherever the Bank is present, and in particular through the 9 BNP Paribas foundations abroad of its endowment fund.

Rescue & Recovery Fund, Fundaçao BNP Paribas Brasil, BNP Paribas Stiftung Deutschland, BNP Paribas India Foundation, BNP Paribas Suisse Foundation, BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation, Fondazione BNL, Cetelem Foundation, BMCI Foundation, BNP Paribas Poland Foundation.

With a budget of €53.52 million in 2021, an increase of 13.8% compared to 2020, the Group's initiatives are deployed around solidarity, the environment and culture in all our countries of operation. These actions demonstrate involvement in local life, promote exchanges with stakeholders and are a source of pride for employees. 

Focus on the Rescue & Recovery Fund

The Rescue & Recovery Fund enables a rapid and effective response to humanitarian and environmental disasters around the world. The fund collects donations from employees of the BNP Paribas Group, clients of the commercial bank in France and retired Group members of the ADR (Amicale Des Retraités) and doubles the amount in order to finance the projects of 4 partner NGOs: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Care, the French Red Cross and IFAW. In 9 years, more than €6 million have been used to finance concrete actions on the ground. 

Mapping BNP Paribas Corporate Philanthropy budget 2021

The BNP Paribas Group is committed as a patron to 3 priority areas - solidarity, culture, environment. 


for solidarity


for culture


for environment

BNP Paribas provides support worldwide to

  • jazz and dance artists as well as cultural institutions;
  • research programmes on climate change and biodiversity;
  • social, humanitarian or environmental associations and NGOs;
  • educational programmes for disadvantaged populations;
  • BNP Paribas employees who volunteer for associations. 

Commitment to the common good

Find out how BNP Paribas' philanthropy is committed to the common good around the world, through our 2021 Report.

read our 2021 activity report
2021 Integrated Report BNP Paribas Foundation

Photos: Solidarity ©nashdoeswork / Environment ©Dean Jacobsen / Culture ©Julien Vivante
Compagnie XY ©Cholette - Lefébure  / Coral Reefs ©Thiault
Rescue & Recover Fund ©French Red Cross / Dream Up ©Orquestra Geraçao