In late 2015, BNP Paribas announced the launch of a €5 million Support Plan for the care of refugees in Europe. Given the ongoing developments in the situation since then, the Bank has now decided to extend the initiative, allocating an extra €3 million to the programme in 2017 and 2018.
BNP Paribas is thus increasing its overall contribution to refugee care to €8 million over the three-year period 2015-2018
Thanks to the work of the BNP Paribas Foundation and the involvement of Group staff across Europe, BNP Paribas has provided assistance to some 62,000 refugees in nine European countries. In Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain, refugees have received support in three main areas of need – emergency aid, education and social integration – from joint actions by BNP Paribas and its partner organisations.
In 2016, the programme worked with some 30 local charity bodies in various European countries, plus three major international humanitarian organisations – UNHCR*, Caritas and Samusocial.
In Italy, the Centro Astalli has arranged the distribution of over 27,000 meals for close to 2,500 people. In Greece, the Group has been working with the UNHCR to distribute blankets, hygiene kits and other basic necessities. In France, the Paris arm of Samusocial runs an initiative called Elan, which arranges accommodation for refugees with individual families.
The BNP Paribas refugee assistance plan is one of a number of actions undertaken since 2013 when the Group set up a Rescue & Recover Fund to provide humanitarian aid to people struck by disasters or facing emergencies. Over the past three years, the Fund has run three major donation campaigns, which have raised over €520,000 to support refugee assistance projects undertaken by three partner organisations – CARE, the French Red Cross, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
The Group has always taken its civic responsibilities seriously and has been closely involved in social and community actions, mainly through the BNP Paribas Foundation, which has for 30 years been helping to combat all forms of social exclusion. In 2016, the Foundation contributed a total of €4.3 million to social work and community initiatives.
*The United Nations High Commission for Refugees
About the Rescue & Recover Fund
Launched by BNP Paribas in December 2012, the Rescue & Recover Fund provides an innovative means of collecting charitable donations so as to make a fast and effective response to humanitarian emergencies.
In addition, every amount donated by a Group employee, a member of the ADR (Retired Staff Association) or a French Retail Banking customer will be matched 1-1 by BNP Paribas, thus doubling the total sum passed on to our partner charities. Since Rescue and Recover was set up, a total of 15 appeals have been launched, resulting in donations totalling more than €2.6 million to CARE, Red Cross France and Médecins Sans Frontières (‘Doctors without Borders’). Three campaigns between 2013 and 2105 specifically in aid of refugees have enabled the Fund to donate aid amounting to over €520,000 to our partner organisations for this purpose.
The BNP Paribas Foundation
Under the aegis of the France Foundation, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been a major corporate sponsor for the past thirty years. The BNP Paribas Foundation’s actions are part of a multi-disciplinary approach to philanthropy aimed at promoting projects dedicated to culture, solidarity and the environment.
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 190,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.