Alongside the main areas of focus chosen by BNP Paribas and its management to promote solidarity, a wide range of solidarity initiatives have also been developed and launched by its employees.
A “Helping Hand” to the Voluntary Initiatives of Employees
Inspired by the spirit of openness and, having made social commitment one of its core values, BNP Paribas decided to encourage the commitment of employees who give their time and energy to solidarity and humanitarian causes throughout the world.
The “Helping Hand” (“Coup de pouce”) programme was developed by the BNP Paribas Foundation with precisely that aim in mind. Since 2003, it has been supporting community projects run by solidarity associations and in which its employees are personally involved as volunteers.
Since its launch in France, the “Coup de pouce” programme has met with resounding success. As a consequence, the programme has now been introduced in several of the countries in which the Group operates: Belgium, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Morocco and Portugal and have all set up their own sponsorship programme.
The latest news on these initiatives can be accessed at www.forachangingworld.com.
BNP Paribas Fortis: Creating Solidarity Actions Altogether
Initiating dialogue between the not-for-profit community and the banking world – this is one of the missions of the BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation in Belgium. It develops programmes with all the bank’s business lines and its network: Solidarity Days and Solidarity Team Building.
More specifically, these programmes are run in associations that encourage the integration of disadvantaged children and young people in need through education.
By the end of September 2010, the Foundation had already organised 213 events with 1,300 participants in the context of the Solidarity Days programme and 37 events with 1,200 participants in the context of the Solidarity Team Building programme.
United Way: United, from America to Romania
United Way works in partnership with companies to support them in the local development of their social responsibility. It also collects gifts from individuals and companies to support local entities that help impoverished young people and families. At BNP Paribas Cardif in Romania, each employee gives a certain percentage of his or her monthly salary, and donations are then matched by the company before being sent on to United Way. At Bank of the West, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas in the United States, employees offer their support to the organisation by working voluntarily for United Way’s local branches.
Improving Mobility for Disabled People in Singapore
In association with the Singapore Handicaps Welfare Association (SHWA), the vehicle is used to transport disabled people from their homes to hospital, and to their places of work and leisure, at minimum cost.
The van serves the western region of Singapore, where SHWA’s head office is currently located.