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.
Since 1984, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported
social and educational initiatives
climate and biodiversity research programmes
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.
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.
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."
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.
The BNP Paribas Group is committed as a patron to 3 priority areas - solidarity, culture, 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.
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