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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

€4.92 M

of the budget allocated to solidarity by the BNP Paribas Foundation in 2018 


Support to more than 1,000 associations in France through the Help2Help programme over 15 years 


beneficiaries of the Projet Banlieues [patronage scheme working towards harmonious co-existence] 


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 poor neighbourhoods

Project Banlieues: encouraging local initiatives

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

This means that since the start, 500 local non-profit organisations have been supported and a total of 200,000 beneficiaries.

In 2019, the « Projet Banlieues » programme broadens its scope of action and will cover 80 % of the population living in the “QPV” .

Some eligibility criteria:
  • 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.
  • It must be implemented in a specific geographical area.
  • The non-profit organisation must be at least three years old.
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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 2018 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 4,000 people living in QPVs in 2018.

4,200 micro-companies were created and 1,800 were able to expand furthermore. Overall, 7,800 jobs were created and maintained by our joint action.

Helping 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 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 topic which Europe will be confronted to with over the next 20 years, BNP Paribas has decided to support the integration of refugees in the main European host countries: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, the UK, Switzerland.  

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

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 computer system/equipment, and the unique daily rounds of the Samusocial of Paris, which helps people in great physical and social distress. Nearly 10,000 homeless people came to the shelter in seven years and 1,200 interventions took place in 2018, 15% more than in 2017.

In 2019, the BNP Paribas Foundation is backing the Samusocial of Paris by contributing to the opening of a new facility dedicated to homeless women in Paris: this new facility offers access to bathrooms and consultations with medical professionals.

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 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. In 2018, nearly 4,200 student volunteers individually supported as many young people from priority neighbourhoods.

Some key figures from 2017-2018 for the 13 Afev branches that receive support from the BNP Paribas Foundation:  

  • That’s not to mention initiatives such as 600 civic service volunteers who have touched the lives of over 43,000 children/young people during collective actions implemented in schools in priority education networks. 
  • 475 “kapseurs” (solidarity roommates) have touched the lives of nearly 7,000 people with their local solidarity actions in underprivileged neighbourhoods. 
  • That represents over 820,000 hours of solidarity commitment fighting inequality in neighbourhoods!

Furthermore, in 2018, volunteers from the Proxité association supported over 1,000 young people in priority neighbourhoods with their schoolwork and insertion 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 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 supported volunteer projects by employees in solidarity associations. Today, this employee volunteering support programme is present in around 30 countries where BNP Paribas operates, under the name of: Help2Help!

Every year, nearly €1M dedicated to all these associative projects.


Since 2003, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting volunteering projects of BNP Paribas Group employees worldwide, in national or international non-profits.