As of 1 July 2021, Jean-Jacques Goron who has headed Group Philanthropy at BNP Paribas and its Foundation since 2015, and had served as Deputy Head of BNP Paribas Group Philanthropy since 2001, will retire and Isabelle Giordano will succeed him. Isabelle Giordano will join the Group as of 1 January 2021 and will work with Jean-Jacques Goron until his retirement in July 2021.
Isabelle Giordano will report to Antoine Sire, Head of Company Engagement and member of the BNP Paribas Group Executive Committee.
Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the BNP Paribas Foundation has played a major role in Corporate Philanthropy for over 30 years. It is involved in many projects and deploys the Group's philanthropy actions in the fields of culture, solidarity and the environment. In the context of the health crisis, it plays a key role in supporting society and notably contributed significantly in April 2020 to the deployment of the Group's 55 million euros emergency plan for hospitals and associations.
‘Jean Jacques Goron successfully steered the Corporate Philanthropy initiatives of the Group and the BNP Paribas Foundation at a time when Corporate Philanthropy has undergone a profound transformation. From supporting school trips in Seine-Saint-Denis to helping refugees in Europe, financing international climate research programmes and supporting the development of jazz and contemporary dance around the world, it has enabled significant initiatives in the daily lives of the beneficiaries. We are delighted to welcome Isabelle Giordano to pursue the strategy that has made the BNP Paribas Foundation a benchmark in Corporate Philanthropy since its creation in 1984, while responding to new challenges in environmental, cultural and social fields. Isabelle Giordano will contribute to the Group's Philanthropy activities and to the Foundation's knowledge of social and cultural topics, its experience in international activities and volunteer commitments. ‘Said Michel Pébereau, Honorary Chairman of BNP Paribas and Chairman of the BNP Paribas Foundation.
Isabelle Giordano was Chief Executive Officer of UniFrance Films from 2013 to 2019, in charge of promoting French cinema internationally. As of July 2019, she has been Chairman of the Culture Pass Strategy Committee. For more than fifteen years, she was a journalist and presenter of the ‘Journal du cinéma’ emblematic of ‘madame Cinéma’ on Canal Plus, then a producer and editor in chief for television and radio (France TV, Arte, France Inter).
It created the ‘Cinema for All’ association in 2006, which organises monthly screenings in several French cities for young people from priority neighbourhoods. The association is part of L'Ascenseur, a place for social innovation dedicated to equal opportunities. In respect of her association commitments, she is Vice Chairman of the Board of L’Ascenseur, as well as a Director of the Institut de l'Engagement and Eloquentia.
She is the author of two documentaries: Génération Grand Bleu (1994) and Les aventuriers du cœur (1995), the latter is dedicated to volunteers engaged in humanitarian work. It has published seven books, notably on cinema, the latest devoted to Alain Delon's filmography (Editions Gallimard).
BNP Paribas' Corporate Philanthropy activities are based on three areas of action: Culture, solidarity and the environment. With a Group Corporate Philanthropy budget of 44.53 million euros in 2019, philanthropic initiatives have been deployed in the many countries where BNP Paribas is present, through its 12 Foundations or under direct governance. In the cultural field, thanks to the Group's support, numerous creations have emerged in jazz, dance and contemporary circus. In the field of solidarity, BNP Paribas has notably rolled out its European programme for the integration of refugees in 11 countries. Through the Dream Up programme, the BNP Paribas Foundation has continued to promote education through artistic practise in some 30 countries. As far as the environment is concerned, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported nine new research programmes through its call for international ‘Climate and Biodiversity Initiative.’