Solidarity

For 40 years now, the BNP Paribas Foundation has empowered those who take action. Our belief? That philanthropy is a crucial lever of transformation. Fighting for equal opportunity, promoting social inclusion, responding to emergencies, and supporting the voluntary commitment of the men and women of Group BNP Paribas are the main levers of our solidarity-based actions.

Combatting various forms of exclusion in underprivileged neighbourhoods, supporting young people through programmes promoting education, combatting all forms of inequality and violence against women, promoting the integration of refugees in Europe, and supporting initiatives by BNP Paribas employees are an integral part of our DNA.

“While it is up to corporate philanthropy to respond to crisis situations and emergencies, as we do, it is also essential to attack the causes of social scourges by getting involved with young people, for example, and by taking action against all forms of economic insecurity. Combatting inequality of opportunity is one of the major battles of the BNP Paribas Foundation. Promoting equal opportunity, social and professional inclusion, and education is essential for giving each person the opportunity for financial security and autonomy.”

Isabelle Giordano

Head of Group Philanthropy and General Delegate of the BNP Paribas Foundation

The BNP Paribas Foundation's commitment to solidarity in 2022


6,37 M€

budget

286

partenaires

By empowering those who take action, the Foundation enables its partners and beneficiaries to give some of their time, their know-how, their regional and local expertise, in social and solidarity-based companies, welcome centres and the lives of the most vulnerable.

Promoting equal opportunities in education

Young people and mentoring

The BNP Paribas Foundation has always been committed to developing actions in favour of young people, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable. Mentoring helps youths to learn, to gain autonomy, in school and to integrate work life. 1075, it is the number of mentors at BNP Paribas who accompany young people to facilitate their school career and their integration into working life.

In this context, we have historically supported:

Télémaque

The Foundation’s role is also to capitalise on positive solidarity experiences within the Group’s various entities and businesses to consolidate new partnerships. Since 2021, the Foundation has been supporting key players on matters of equal opportunities such as: 

100 000 Entrepreneurs ; Article 1, Ecole de la Transition Ecologique (ETRE), L’Institut de l’Engagement,   Les Déterminés, Nos Quartiers ont du Talent (NQT), Positiv', Télémaque, Time2Start, Viens Voir Mon Taf and Yes Akademia.

Youth hit hard by the health crisis: 
Plan Solidarité Jeunesse

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a heavy impact on young people, with many youths dropping out of school, feeling isolated or losing their bearings, for example. 

In view of this concerning situation, the BNP Paribas Foundation launched an exceptional plan in September 2021, the Plan Solidarité Jeunesse. 

Its goal? To support 14 associations that are in direct contact with young people and around three pillars: education continuity, precariousness and psychological and/or physical distress, while continuing its long-standing commitment to equal opportunities.

Young people and school trips

Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has financed school trips in partnership with the Seine-Saint-Denis suburb of Paris. 

Thanks to this Youth Odyssey(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) programme, 50,000 schoolchildren went on 1,200 school trips. In the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, 137 secondary schools took part in this great adventure. School trips make a huge contribution to children’s schooling, and they return from them invigorated and more mature. 

These educational trips enable school children to approach topics covered in class from a different angle, while at the same time promoting cultural awareness of concepts such as living together, solidarity and sustainable development. 

Stepping up professional and social integration

Promoting professional integration and job creation, encouraging social integration projects and community-based actions in the heart of working-class neighbourhoods, supporting the integration of refugees, and helping people in highly precarious situations are all ways of combating various forms of exclusion.

Micro-credit with Adie 

For more than 20 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting associations working to promote professional integration. This is how we became the key partner of Adie(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) (Association pour le Droit à l’Initiative Économique) which fights against wasting talent by enabling applicants to develop their own business, irrespective of their resources and diplomas, thanks to adapted loans, or micro-credits.

In 2023, the Foundation made a significant contribution to the development of Adie’s activity by directly supporting the activity of 17 of its branches located in priority neighbourhoods throughout France, including the opening of a new Adie branch in Metz.

That same year, 20% of entrepreneurs that Adie supported and funded were located in a priority neighbourhood, a total of 5,000 persons. This was due to the up-close approach via neighbourhood branch offices supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation, and thanks to the Projet Banlieues.

BNP Paribas’ support for Adie since 1993

€192m

in cumulative financing granted by the Bank.

€15m

in donations from the BNP Paribas Foundation.

39,983

micro-entrepreneurs supported.

The Foundation also supports 

Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF), La Cravate Solidaire, Petits Frères des Pauvres, Le Refuge Mémorial de la Shoah, Banlieues Santé, et Académie Populaire de la Santé.

Ma Box à cheveux, supported by Adie

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'Projet Banlieues'

Since 2006, with the launch of “Projet Banlieues”, the BNP Paribas Foundation, in close collaboration with the Bank’s retail network, has supported a number of associations working in the heart of Priority Urban Neighbourhoods (QPV), in a wide range of areas such as education, social and professional integration and to improve “living together”. 

Since the creation of the programme, over 1200 local associations were supported throughout France, benefiting 1,2M people. Since 2019, the “Projet Banlieues” programme has widened its scope of action and now covers 80% of the population living in priority neighbourhoods.

The integration of refugees in Europe

As early as 2015, with the onset of the great migration crisis, BNP Paribas reacted by immediately launching an ambitious sponsorship plan to support integrating refugees in professions and  language learning. Ten European countries in which the Group is present are thus involved in the plan: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, UK and Switzerland. 

Until 2024, BNP Paribas has committed more than €17 million to support 30 associations whose programmes focus on professional integration and learning the language of the host country. A total of 180,000 refugees were able to benefit from this aid.

As part of this plan, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported: Les Apprentis d’Auteuil, the CIUP (Cité internationale universitaire de Paris), the "Observatoire de l'immigration et de l'asile" (from IFRI, l’Institut français des relations internationales), Simplon, Singa, and UNHCR (Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés).

Combating women’s precarity

Violence against women exacerbates their vulnerability. The Foundation supports several associations, such as: Agir pour la Santé des Femmes (ADSF), Fondation des Femmes, Led by Her,   Règles élémentaires, Résonantes, Samu Social de Paris and SOLFA.

Promoting employee volunteering

Empowering those who are taking action starts at home, with the men and women of BNP Paribas, as part of a civic approach towards fair transitions.

That’s why, since 2003, the BNP Paribas Foundation, through its Help2Help programme, has assisted projects for which the Group’s employees in France have volunteered. In about 20 countries in which the Group does business, the BNP Paribas Foundation supports its employees’ giving of their own time to solidarity-based associations. 

Each year, a total of more half a million euros is dedicated to these associative projects worldwide.

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