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The BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation

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Corporate philanthropy actions of the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation focus on 3 major axes: Social, Cultural and Environmental.

Social – To promote education and social inclusion

Since its creation, the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation supports projects that aim to address all forms of social exclusion, whether they affect the aged, people suffering from disabilities, or teenagers with learning difficulties. Education and encouragement of the younger generation remain indeed a key for the sustainable development and appreciation of Swiss culture. These issues concern us all, and so the Foundation encourages bank employees to get involved in the community by actively supporting solidarity initiatives in which their taking part outside their professional lives.

Cultural – To preserve heritage and encourage young artists

The BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation has been committed for almost 15 years now to participating in programmes for the restoration and preservation of major works from artists such as Max Ernst, Auguste Rodin, Bram van Velde and Paul Véronèse, belonging to the permanent collections of museums like the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Museum of Art and History in Geneva or the Beyeler Foundation in Basel.

Furthermore, the Foundation has also supported several programmes of cultural mediation promoting access to works and to the various trades of restoration to the general public. Today, in addition to the preservation of works of art, an important part of the Foundation’s activities is the support, encouragement and appreciation of young artists and emerging talents.

Environmental – To support research on climate change

The Group’s Foundation is actively engaged in favour of research on climate change via the programme Climate Initiative.

Since 2010, several projects run by research laboratories of an international scope have been backed for a total of 6 million euros. The Group’s objective is to understand the causes and impact of global warming in order to anticipate the consequences on our environment and on populations throughout the world. It’s within this context that the BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation took a new turn in 2016 and decided to extend its activities to environmental philanthropy.