For BNP Paribas, being a socially responsible bank also means helping people in the countries in which it operates.
The BNP Paribas Foundation’s solidarity actions contribute to the economic and social development of these regions. They are structured around four focal points, taking into account the Group's employees, the voluntary sector in the country and existing socio-educational entities.
Integration through Economic Development
The BNP Paribas Foundation is a long-term partner of Adie (l’Association pour le Droit à l’Initiative Economique – the Association for the Right to Economic Initiative), a French organisation that assists people excluded from the labour market to set up their own companies with the assistance of microcredit.
Anchored in the Social Fabric
Meeting and sharing: relationships built on exchanges and proximity lie at the heart of BNP Paribas’ solidarity-focused corporate philanthropy. This is reflected in the “Local Initiatives” component of Projet Banlieues (Neighbourhood Projects), a programme designed to promote job creation, education and integration in disadvantaged neighbourhoods (more than 230 associations have received support since 2006).
In response to the growing commitment by employees to actions providing assistance and mutual aid, the BNP Paribas Foundation created the Helping Hand project to support projects with which employees are involved. This programme was initiated in France and has now been rolled out under a variety names in a number of countries (Belgium, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Switzerland and Portugal).