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.
Our solidarity commitments in figures
PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION
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
Project Banlieues: encouraging local initiatives
Since 2005 with the launch of Projet Banlieues, the BNP Paribas Foundation, in close collaboration with the network of branches of the bank, has been supporting numerous associations which operate in the heart of deprived neighbourhoods and work in multiples fields such as social mediation, professional integration and also the improvement of “community living”.
This means that since the start, 400 local associations have been supported, and over 1,000 projects strengthened, helping 200,000 beneficiaries.
- The project must be implemented by a non-profit organisation and must aim to improve the situation of disadvantaged people in one of the following fields of action: supporting education, vocational training, the improvement of community living.
- It must be part of neighbourhood life, addressing a well-identified problem specific to the neighbourhood, relating to the local population or surroundings.
- The association must have been in existence for at least three years.
- The association must be active in one of the twenty geographical zones defined in the call for projects.
Stimulating professional integration
For over 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting partners to help boost employability. That is why we became the main partner of Adie, the association for the right to economic initiative, which supports people excluded from the job market and the banking system in creating their own business with the help of microcredit.
Since 2006, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been orienting this sponsorship towards people living in priority neighbourhoods of the city, also known as QPV.
This partnership has enabled the opening of 16 branches in deprived urban areas and the awarding of nearly 6,000 microcredits, representing the creation of nearly 4,400 companies, 1,766 in development and more than 8,000 jobs.
Supporting the integration of refugees
The year 2017 reached a bleak record of 68.5 million men, women and children forced to leave their countries of origin because of violence and persecution. Over half of the refugees are children, compared to 41% in 2009.
Struck by this humanitarian catastrophe, and taking into account the evolution of the situation and the realisation that migratory flows are a societal subject which Europe will be confronted with over the next 20 years, BNP Paribas has decided to support the welcome of refugees into the main European host countries: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, UK, Switzerland.
By doing this, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports UNHCR, the Apprentis d’Auteuil [helping educate, train and integrate disadvantage young people] and the Elan programme implemented by the Samusocial de Paris.
Supporting major players to help the most fragile
Since 2012, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been working with two stakeholders in the fight against extreme exclusion in France: les Restaurants du Cœur, by financing the modernisation and renewal of their IT system and infrastructure, also, the unique daily rounds of the Paris Samusocial, who go out to support people in great physical and social distress.
Les Restaurants du Coeur ©Sophie Loubaton pour CAPA Pictures
SUPPORTING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The BNP Paribas Foundation has always sought to develop activities which support young people, with particular focus on the more fragile of the latter. 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 learning and their autonomy and helps them to regain confidence in themselves. Every year, several thousands of young people aged from 5 to 18 receive individual educational support.
The volunteers at the association Proxité share this objective, allowing young people from lower-income neighbourhoods to access sponsorships for their schooling and their integration into working 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 with 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.
Odyssée Jeunes: funding school trips for secondary school students in Seine-Saint-DenisSince 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 of middle school students from Seine-Saint-Denis.
Over 9 years, Odyssée Jeunes has enabled 42,000 children to experience some of the 1,100 educational and cultural trips in numerous countries!
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 up until 2021 and has now been deployed in 30 countries. The objective is to support the artistic education of over 20,000 underprivileged children between the ages of 6 and 20 (music, singing, theatre, dance, the visual arts...).
ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT
Help2Help: our employees are committedSince 2003, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported volunteer projects by employees of the BNP Paribas Group in national or international solidarity associations. Today, this employee volunteering support programme is present in around thirty countries where BNP operates, under the name of: Help2Help!
Every year, nearly € 1M dedicated to all these associative projects.