At the BNP Paribas Foundation, we fight various forms of exclusion. How? By supporting initiatives and organisations that promote professional and social integration, the creation of businesses and jobs, local actions in the heart of neighbourhoods, and the assistance of people in highly precarious situations.
Our solidarity commitments in figures
Promoting social inclusion
Professional integration through business creation, support for local initiatives, and educational actions for the youngest people, are all ways of fighting the different forms of exclusion in sensitive urban areas. The BNP Paribas Foundation is involved in all these challenges, in coordination with the BNP Paribas branch network in France.
Since 2006, 400 local associations have been supported, and over 1,000 projects supported with 200,000 beneficiaries.
Stimulating professional integrationFor over 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting partners to help boost employability. As such, we are the main sponsor of Adie (Association pour le Droit à l’Initiative Économique) which supports the microcredit projects of entrepreneurs on the ground.
Since 2006, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been orienting this sponsorship with Adie towards the creation of jobs in priority neighbourhoods of the city.
This partnership has enabled the opening of 16 agencies in sensitive urban areas, and the awarding of nearly 6,000 microcredits, representing nearly 4,400 companies created, 1,766 under development and over 8,000 jobs.
For nearly 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been fighting the educational and cultural inequalities that afflict children and young people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in France. Their support from student volunteers promotes their learning, their autonomy and helps them to regain self-confidence. And so, for 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been a partner of AFEV (Association de la Fondation Étudiante pour la Ville). In 2016-2017, some 6,600 young people aged 5 to 18 received individual educational support.
This commitment is also reflected in the support provided to the Entreprendre pour Apprendre (EPA) association, which develops projects in schools that foster students' entrepreneurial spirit. As such, we support the holding of Innov'EPA days, during which young people far away from the world of business reflect in teams, on a common theme. Accompanied and supported by a bank employee, they learn to work together, develop their creativity and innovate in the responses they bring to a problem.
Similarly, we support the Proxité association, which supports young people from lower-income neighbourhoods in their schooling and their integration into working life.
Odyssée jeunes: funding school trips for secondary-school pupils in Seine-Saint-DenisSince 2009, the Conseil Général of Seine-Saint-Denis, the Direction des Services Départementaux de l’Education Nationale and the BNP Paribas Foundation, have been developing Odyssée Jeunes, a philanthropy programme, unique in France, which contributes to the financing of educational trips for secondary-school pupils from Seine-Saint-Denis.
In 8 years, Odyssée Jeunes has enabled 42,000 children to experience one of 1,100 educational and cultural trips in numerous countries!
Extreme social precariousness: supporting major players to help the most fragile
Since 2012, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been working with two players in the fight against extreme exclusion in France: Les Restaurants du Cœur, by financing the modernisation and renewal of their computer system/equipment. 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 - CAPA Pictures
BNP Paribas' commitment to supporting refugees in Europe
The year 2017 hit the sad 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 as well as the realisation that migratory flows are a societal subject which Europe will be confronted to over the next 20 years, BNP Paribas has decided to support partners organisations helping refugees in the main European host countries: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, UK, Switzerland.
Dream up: fostering social inclusion through artistic practice
Dream Up is the international artistic education programme of the BNP Paribas Foundation. Launched in 2015, the programme is now 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...).
Dream Up Portugal ©CAPA Pictures - Dream Up London ©Roy Matthews
Our employees are committed
Since 2003, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting volunteering projects of BNP Paribas Group employees worldwide, in national or international non-profits. Today, this employee engagement support programme is deployed around the world, and 30 of the Group's countries of presence benefit from this programme and its unique name: Help2Help!
In the 30 countries where Help2Help is deployed, one million euros is dedicated to these philanthropic projects.