At the BNP Paribas Foundation, we work to combat all forms of exclusion. How? By supporting the people, initiatives and organizations that promote workforce and social integration, create businesses and jobs, improve community life within neighborhoods and help those facing extreme marginalization.
Our solidarity commitments in figures
Promoting social inclusion
Projet Banlieues: helping disadvantaged and disabled young people
Getting people back to work by helping them to set up their own business, supporting local social initiatives and boosting educational programs for young people – these are all ways to combat different forms of exclusion in disadvantaged urban areas.
The BNP Paribas Foundation is committed to working on all of these challenges with the BNP Paribas branch network in France.
We support hundreds of local neighborhood organizations that provide various forms of assistance, such as social mediation, workforce integration and improving community life.
Since 2006, we have supported 320 local charities and 829 projects for a total of 182,422 beneficiaries.
Stimulating workforce integration
For over 20 years, BNP Paribas has worked to help people set up their own local businesses through microcredit. Through our partnership with ADIE (Association for the Right to Economic Initiative), a non-profit organization dedicated to workforce integration, we promote employment creation in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods.
Since 2006, the partnership has helped open 16 microfinance agencies and granted over 10,000 micro-loans, creating 6,243 businesses and over 8,000 jobs.
In addition, the Foundation supports social and solidarity entrepreneurship through its partnership with France Active. We sponsor the CAP’JEUNES program dedicated to helping young people under the age of 26 start their own businesses.
Through the program, 18 young entrepreneurs receive funding every year.
For more than 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has fought against the educational and cultural inequalities facing children and young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods in France. They receive support from student volunteers to promote learning, while boosting their sense of independence and self-confidence. In this effort, the BNP Paribas Foundation has for 20 years been a partner to AFEV, a non-profit organization that promotes youth opportunities. During the 2013-2014 school year, nearly 7,600 young people between the ages of 5 and 18 received personalized tutoring.
The Foundation further reinforces its commitment in this area by supporting Entreprendre pour Apprendre (EPA), which works to promote entrepreneurship among students. We also support the non-profit organization Proxité, which enables young people from disadvantaged areas to receive mentoring in school and guidance in the workforce.
Odyssée jeunes: funding school field trips in seine-saint-denis
Since 2009, the Council of the Seine-Saint-Denis administrative area and the BNP Paribas Foundation have developed Odyssée Jeunes, a unique subsidy program that helps finance learning trips for schoolchildren.
In eight years, Odyssée Jeunes has enabled 40,000 children to take part in one of 1000 educational and cultural trips in several countries!
In 2014, Odyssée Jeunes entered a new phase. To support the increasingly dynamic educational teams, we have redesigned the way our program works. Now it offers the opportunity to develop multidisciplinary educational projects that last over several school years.
allowing for the development of more ambitious projects with and for students.
Dream up: encouraging social inclusion through art practice
Dream Up is the Foundation’s new international program. Active in 26 countries, Dream Up funds 28 non-profit projects for a period of three years. The goal is to improve learning for more than 30,000 disadvantaged schoolchildren by giving them a chance to practice the arts (music, voice, drama, dance, visual arts, etc.).
In 2012, the BNP Paribas Foundation launched an international pilot program under the “Smart Start” label. Over three years, the program benefited 7,000 children by funding 13 projects with up to €20,000 per year.
The program’s success convinced the BNP Paribas Foundation to turn the program into the flagship of its international solidarity policy under the “Dream Up” banner. Since the start of the 2015 school year, Dream Up has been rolled out in 26 countries on five continents.
Dream Up Africa ©Mike Leresche
Dream Up in Brasil and Poland
Extreme marginalization: supporting major players in the fight against social exclusion
Since 2012, the BNP Paribas Foundation has committed to supporting two major associations working to combat exclusion in France: the Restaurants du Cœur, by financing the upgrade and replacement of its IT system and equipment.
As well as the daily street patrol of the Samusocial de Paris, which seeks out and assists those living in extreme physical or social distress.
Our employees take action
Since 2003, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports projects led by employee volunteers from the Group on behalf of French and international non-profit organizations.
We manage these efforts through our Help2Help program.
Since its creation, more than 600 non-profit organizations in France have received support from the BNP Paribas Foundation.
Like BNP Paribas, Help2Help is internationally involved, leading efforts in 18 countries where the Group operates: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, China, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA, Vietnam.