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BNP Paribas Switzerland is partnering up with the Solar Impulse Foundation

On 10 November 2017, BNP Paribas in Switzerland signed a partnership agreement with the Solar Impulse Foundation—a joint commitment that is aimed at promoting concrete solutions for improvements to the quality of life, sustainable both in economic and ecological terms.

#1000 viable solutions to protect the environment

As part of this new partnership, BNP Paribas in Switzerland is committing itself to the "World Alliance for Efficient Solutions" programme.

This initiative, which is at the heart of the challenges addressed by the Solar Impulse Foundation, was launched following the first round-the-world trip in a solar-powered aircraft by Bertrand Piccard. Its purpose is to assist governments and companies to adopt more ambitious energy policies and to fulfil their environmental goals by adopting clean and viable technologies. For this purpose, the Solar Impulse Foundation has set a goal for itself to select the most promising #1000 solutions to protect the environment between now and COP 24 in 2018. An approach that is in line with the Group's commitment to support the United Nations Global Goals.

BNP Paribas (Switzerland) SA, via its support for the Solar Impulse Foundation, is contributing its expertise in terms of risk management and is proposing volunteering assignments to its employees. 

“ I’ve always wanted to have a bank in the team to support the action of the Solar Impulse Foundation and of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. Our partnership with BNP Paribas shows that today we’re in a rationale of environmental protection that’s economically viable. Investing in new technologies makes sense: it’s logical, even more so than ecological. It creates jobs and generates clean and sustainable growth, which is far preferable to the current dirty status quo. ”

Bertrand Piccard

Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation

A partnership in keeping with the Group's CSR strategy

As an accelerator of the energy transition, BNP Paribas has made commitments to promote the financing of renewable energies for several years.

Within the framework of the Group's CSR strategy, BNP Paribas Switzerland is committing to contribute to sustainable and socially responsible growth. Over and above the commitment by the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation to support cultural, social and environmental initiatives, the bank has decided to embody its contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in an even more practical way by partnering with the Solar Impulse Foundation.

After making his incredible round-the-world flight without using one drop of fuel, on board Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard embarked on a new challenge with his Foundation, setting up the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. The aim is to unveil at COP24 in one year’s time 1000 economically viable environmental solutions designed to help governments fulfil their environmental commitments. 

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