Fighting against various forms of exclusion, particularly in underprivileged neighbourhoods, supporting educational programmes and helping the initiatives of BNP Paribas employees are all part of the framework on which the BNP Paribas Foundation structures its actions both in France and abroad.

Budget allocated to solidarity by the BNP Paribas Foundation in 2020

€3,97 M 

annual budget

+ €5,68M 

COVID-19 action plan


Promoting professional integration and creation of jobs, encouraging social integration projects and neighbourhood activities in the heart of the districts, supporting refugee integration and helping people in unstable situations are just some of the ways of fighting against various form of exclusion.

Mobilising efforts in underprivileged neighbourhoods

Projet Banlieues: supporting the initiatives of local non-profit organizations

The programme Projet Banlieues relies on a call for proposals occurring once a year in order to select and support non-profit organizations taking action in favor of underprivileged neighborhoods. 

Since 2005 with the launch of Projet Banlieues, the BNP Paribas Foundation, in close collaboration with the retail banking network of branches, has been supporting numerous non-profit organisations. These organisations operate at the heart of the Quartiers Prioritaires de la Politique de la Ville (“QPV”) also called underprivileged neighbourhoods, and work in multiple fields such as education and social inclusion, re-employment on the job market and the improvement of “community living”. 

This means that since the start, 900 local non-profit organisations have been supported all over France for a total of 750,000 beneficiaries, and budget of €26M. In 2019, the « Projet Banlieues » programme broaden its scope of action and now covers 80 % of the population living in these “QPV”. 


Stimulating occupational integration

For over 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting partners to help boost employability. That’s why we’ve become the key partner of Adie (Association pour le Droit à l’Initiative Économique, or Association for the Right to Economic Initiative), which fights against the waste of talents and allows people, through tailored-made loans, to create and develop a business whatever their resources or level of education.

In 2020, the Group contributed significantly to the development of Adie’s activities by directly supporting 16 of its branches in priority neighbourhoods. The BNP Paribas Group’s support enabled Adie to deepen its local structures, reinforce its means of communications with potential entrepreneurs and strengthen their teams in these neighbourhoods, overall resulting in granting financing to over 3,500 people living in QPVs in 2020.

Helping the integration of refugees

In 2015, with the start of the great migratory crisis, BNP Paribas immediately reacted by launching an ambitious programme to help refugees. Several countries where the Group operates in Europe are thus included in the plan: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, UK and Switzerland.

Between 2015 and 2021, BNP Paribas committed €12 million to support organisations whose programs focus on professional integration and learning the host language. A total of 180,000 refugees were able to benefit from this programme.

In this framework, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting UNHCR and Apprentis d’Auteuil (a programme for unaccompanied minors) since 2016 and Simplon since 2019. 

These programmes support the integration of refugees by offering them access to education, language classes and job training.

©Apprentis d'Auteuil - Philippe BESNARD

Supporting major players to help the most fragile

For the past 7 years the BNP Paribas Foundation has financed all of the daily roam performed by the SamuSocial de Paris. With a total budget of € 750k, more than 10 000 homeless people benefited from the daily roams over the past 5 years.

In 2019, the homeless women’s situation is increasingly alarming as the number of shelter less women doubled in 10 years. In 2018 over 4 200 women called the emergency number 115 in Paris. On the street these women face severe dangers and are unlikely to get the healthcare they need… 

These are the reasons which explain the Foundation’s choice to continue supporting the SamuSocial de Paris by financing the opening of a new place in Paris called: “Espace Accueil Hygiène et Soins dédié aux femmes sans abris ”. It will give them a safe space where they can  be listened to, have access to showers and to a more complete healthcare follow up (thanks to nurses, gynecologist, physiotherapist, chiropodist and so on).

Credits: Samusocial

Supporting equal opportunities

Fighting against the educational and cultural gap

The BNP Paribas Foundation has always sought to develop activities which support young people, with particular focus on those most fragile. It was with this in mind that we chose to give our support to Afev, which, thanks to its network of student volunteers, supports pupils during their training, to be more autonomous and helps them to regain confidence in themselves

Thanks to our support, nearly 2,000 young people from underprivileged neighborhoods can be individually accompanied by as many student volunteers from Afev, each year.

Among the volunteers of the association l’Afev, Marvin is a 19 year-old first year student in psychology in the city of Dijon. Since September 2018 every Friday Marvin and Léna, a seven year old pupil, meet for a two hour class. On the agenda: learning French, homework, drawing, games…

I love this experience” claims Marvin. “I have seen Lena opening herself and building her self-confidence on a daily basis. Now when she gets home from school she is happy. As far as I am concerned, I learn a lot: firstly by improving my teaching skills, finding the right words, by giving her advice to face bullies for example. It also has taught me to open myself to another culture. I am no longer afraid of speaking in public nor to express my opinion. It has been a life changing journey. I would have loved that someone could have done it for me as a child. I am gladly doing it today!

We also support the association Proxité who enables mentoring of young people from underpriviledged neighbourhoods with their career plans and professional life.

Our commitment is also reflected in the support provided to the Entreprendre pour Apprendre (EPA) association, which develops projects in secondary schools that foster students' entrepreneurial spirit. As such, the Foundation is involved in the Innov'EPA days, when young people generally far removed from the world of business consider a common theme in teams. Accompanied and supported by a bank employee, they learn to work together, develop their creativity and be innovative in the responses they bring to a problem.  

©Sophie Loubaton / CAPA Pictures - Credits: Sophie Loubaton / CAPA Pictures

Odyssée Jeunes: funding school trips for secondary school students in Seine-Saint-Denis

Since 2009, the General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis, the Departmental Board of Services for National Education and the BNP Paribas Foundation, have been developing Odyssée Jeunes, a programme unique to France, which contributes to the financing of educational trips for secondary school students from Seine-Saint-Denis.

Over 10 years, Odyssée Jeunes has enabled 50,000 children to experience one of the 1,200 educational and cultural trips in numerous countries! 

Odyssée Jeunes ©Sophie Loubaton / Capa Pictures

Dream up: fostering social inclusion through artistic practice

Launched in 2015, Dream Up is an international educational programme in artistic practice, financed and coordinated by the BNP Paribas Foundation. It has been renewed for a new cycle until 2021 and is now deployed in 30 countries. The objective for the next three years is to support the education through artistic practice of over 20,000 underprivileged children between the ages of 6 and 20 (music, singing, theatre, dance, the visual arts...).

Discover Dream Up

Dream Up: the international program of education through the practice of the arts of the BNP Paribas Foundation The Dream Up program allows over 20,000 youth around the world to learn and grow through the practice of the arts.


Help2Help: committed employees 

Since 2003, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting the volunteering projects of BNP Paribas employees in France who are involved in solidarity non-profits on their personal time. Today, this employee volunteering support programme is present in around 30 countries where BNP Paribas operates, under the name of  Help2Help and is operated by the local teams in each country.

Every year, nearly €1M is dedicated to employees associative projects worldwide.


Since 2003, the Help2Help programme has been supporting volunteering projects of BNP Paribas Group employees worldwide, in national, local or non-profits associations.

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