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Set up in 2019, the BNP Paribas India Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that deploys BNP Paribas’ Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in critical area. The Foundation focuses its philanthropy on three areas: Solidarity, Culture and Environment. These philanthropic programmatic are part of our “Corporate Engagement” philosophy.

To further our responsibility towards the Community, the India Foundation takes action through its different commitments:

  •  To promote social & professional inclusiveness; financial literacy and skilling programs for women & the young populace.
  • To promote literary, visual and performing arts and preservation of ancient traditions and art forms.
  • To face climate change challenge by supporting environmental projects and/or raise awareness on environmental issues

Our initiatives and projects support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.  The BNP Paribas India Foundation also works with BNP Paribas staff in India to drive volunteering, including the #1MillionHours2Help Group initiative to support communities and build a more sustainable and equitable world, and employee fund-raising for local chairities.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we pledged 1 million Euros (approx. INR 8 Crores), to support two hospitals, KJ Somaiya Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai and VHS Multi-Specialty Hospital & Research Institute, Chennai for capacity creation for handling COVID-19 patients. In addition, we collaborated with Care India to provide sustenance to daily wage earners.

In India, millions of children have been impacted by school closures due to COVID-19. By creating learning environments through our NGO partners Aseema Charitable TrustBhumi, BJ Homes, Room to Read, Seva Sadan NGO and Teach For India we are taking small steps at standing in solidarity with the communities we operate in.

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Access to clean and affordable energy for all is a United Nations SDG that is at the heart of our CSR agenda at BNP Paribas. In #India, we partnered with CERE – Centre for Environmental Research and Education on the project ‘Schools on Solar’ where the focus is solar installation with education on energy conservation and #ClimateChange to children in those schools.

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In 2021, we are witnessing extreme weather related incidents like never before. #ClimateChange is the greatest challenge of our times and it requires collective action by all stakeholders. At BNP Paribas #India, we collaborated with CERE – Centre for Environmental Research and Education for the ‘Urban Afforestation Project’ that aims to increase green cover in cities thereby contributing to the United Nations SDG of sustainable living.

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Enriching our communities

With a strong footprint across 13 markets in Asia Pacific, we are committed to helping communities thrive. BNP Paribas has formed long-term meaningful partnerships with local and regional non-profit organisations.

We are constantly pursuing innovative ways to maximise the impact of our employees’ giving by strengthening our commitment to local communities. Led by the passion, time and dedication of BNP Paribas employees, our annual volunteer months offer individuals the opportunity to make a bigger collective impact on society. This ranges from cleaning up our coastlines to packing donations for the needy, among others, and results in thousands of service hours.

 Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s Discover Music Programme

Discover Music Programme is an interactive programme developed by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation and that introduces young children to the basic elements of music and musical instruments.  Over 300 children in primary school are covered under this programme that runs at one of Aseema Charitable Trust’s schools in Mumbai. Conducted by specially trained music teachers, each 45 minute class has children learn pulse, rhythm and movement through songs, games and playing percussion instruments in creative and imaginative ways.

Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s Discover Music Programme is part of the Dream Up programme, a global education project managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This corporate philanthropy programme encourages the integration of socially excluded young people through arts practice. It is currently running in 26 countries on 5 continents.

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