BNP Paribas Foundation

Our mission is to support and encourage growth. We identify talents, innovative projects and personalities that help change the world socially, environmentally and culturally. We provide them with proactive, tailored-made support over the long term, to publicise them, promote their action and perpetuate their projects. This is our mission.

The BNP Paribas Foundation, placed under the aegis of the Fondation de France, is a major player and expert in corporate philanthropy, and had been since 1984. Our approach is based on two strong themes, innovation and youth. Guided by our two priorities, impact and societal issues, we support projects dedicated to solidarity, environment and culture

As a transition accelerator, the BNP Paribas Foundation stands out for its pioneering and avant-garde spirit, as well as for its ability to act on major social issues.

Our 3 fields of action

BNP Paribas Foundation - Solidarity
Solidarity: integrating and growing 

The BNP Paribas Foundation fights against various forms of exclusion, particularly in underprivileged neighbourhoods, and supports programmes to promote social integration and education. It also supports the Group's employees’ initiatives.

Our commitments to solidarity
LIFE WITHOUT ICE -  Summit of Cotopaxi volcano (5900 m) covered in snow in Ecuador
Environment: supporting scientific research on climate and biodiversity 

The Foundation invests in French and international research teams concerned with understanding the impacts of climate change and the correlation with the evolution of our planet's biodiversity.

OUR COMMITMENTS to the environment
Dodecadanse - Theo Ceccaldi / Kaori Ito - BNP Paribas Foundation - Culture
Culture: daring and supporting

Culture is a vector of individual and social development. The BNP Paribas Foundation is active in three areas: contemporary dance, new circus arts and jazz. Since 2021, it has backed cultural transmission programmes that promote universal access to culture.


Since 1984, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported 


social and educational initiatives 


climate and biodiversity research programmes


cultural projects

BNP Paribas Foundation: our commitments

Our Executive Committee 

Chaired by Michel Pébereau, the Executive Committee is the collegiate body that ensures the governance of the Foundation and is responsible for its actions vis-à-vis the Fondation de France. 

The Executive Committee is made up of 15 members divided into 3 colleges representing the various entities and skills of BNP Paribas as well as qualified persons and experts from outside the bank in the 3 fields of intervention of the BNP Paribas Foundation (solidarity, environment and culture) in order to guarantee the transparency of the Foundation's operations.

The Executive Committee meets twice a year. It decides on the strategy of the BNP Paribas Foundation, the commitments of the Foundation to projects exceeding €40,000 and their proper implementation.

The Executive Committee is supported in its mission by three other committees:

The Solidarity Committee

The Solidarity Committee is made up of Group employees and members of the BNP Paribas Foundation. It meets twice a year to approve the Foundation's commitments in the social field for projects of up to €40,000 per year or €120,000 over 3 years. Its members are elected for a renewable period of 3 years.

Refugeeks - Simplon / BNP Paribas Foundation

The Culture Committee

The Culture Committee, made up of BNP Paribas employees, meets three times a year to approve the Foundation's commitments in the cultural field (jazz, contemporary dance, circus arts) for projects of up to €40,000 per year or €120,000 over 3 years. 

Culture Ballet Compagnie XY

The Scientific Committee

Consisting of Group employees and BNP Paribas Foundation members, the Environment Committee meets twice a year to sign off on the Foundation’s commitments to environmental research, particularly regarding the interactions between climate change and the loss of biodiversity, as well as projects raising awareness of environmental challenges. The amounts for these projects range up to €40,000 per year or €120,000 over three years. Committee members are appointed for three-year terms and may be reappointed.

Members of the Executive Committee

Since 23 November 2022, the members of the Executive Committee of the BNP Paribas Foundation are:

BNP Paribas permanent members

Michel Pébereau, Chairman of the BNP Paribas Foundation 
Marguerite Bérard, Head of French Commercial Banking 
Thierry Laborde, Chief Operating Officer, Commercial, Personal Banking & Services
Sofia Merlo, Head of Human Resources 
Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement

Other BNP Paribas members

Charlotte Dennery, Director and CEO of BNP Paribas Personal Finance 
Renaud Dumora, Deputy COO of BNP Paribas, Head of Investment & Protection Services (IPS) 
Elena Goitini, Chief Executive Officer of BNL 
Elise Hermant, Head of Group Communication 
Yannick Yung, Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking Global Banking EMEA

Independent members

Jean-François Chougnet, Culture qualified representative
Dominique Hervieu, Culture qualified representative 
Régine Paillard, Solidarity qualified representative
Yunne Shin, Environment qualified representative
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Solidarity qualified representative

Non-voting members

Nathalie Hartmann, BNP Paribas qualified representative
Michel Konczaty, BNP Paribas qualified representative


  • Isabelle Giordano, Head of Group Philanthropy and General Delegate of the BNP Paribas Foundation
  • Solidarity: Agnès Beccaria, Sovarie Gédin, Perrine Tesse
  • Environment: Nathalie Andriamamonjy, Delphine Gluzman Grosman
  • Culture: Mathilde Favre, Adeline Jacques
  • Rescue & Recovery Fund: Dorine Carton
  • Communication: Isabelle Candelier, Afi Affoya
  • Cross-functional projects: Cécile Advani, Jeanie Darras, Céline Hernandez, Fatiha Houat
“Can a changing world evolve towards new paradigms? Is a world that is fairer, more sustainable and more artistic possible? For many people, not only is this possible, it is a necessity. This is the approach that the BNP Paribas Foundation has taken for almost 40 years, backing social innovation as well as artistic creativity and environmental research and doing what it takes so that each of its actions has an impact on the world and society at large.”

Michel Pébereau

Honorary Chairman of BNP Paribas, Chairman of the BNP Paribas Foundation

Commitment to the common good

Find out how BNP Paribas' philanthropy is committed to the common good around the world, through our 2022 Report.

read our 2022 activity report

Photos: Solidarity ©nashdoeswork / Environment ©Dean Jacobsen / Culture ©Julien Vivante
Compagnie XY ©Cholette - Lefébure  / Coral Reefs ©Thiault