Integrated Report 2020

The BNP Paribas Foundation

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The Foundation’s mission is to responsibly invest in people, ideas and projects by conducting and supporting innovative initiatives in the fields of education, culture and social solidarity. We strive to inspire and create a stimulating environment, thus contributing to the development of a civil society.

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The BNP Paribas Foundation was established in 2006 to carry out tasks related to the social responsibility of the Bank in 3 crucial areas:

  • initiatives related to education: levelling of educational opportunities in vulnerable groups, primarily through long-term scholarship programs;
  • social solidarity initiatives: support for refugee youth, partnerships with NGOs, as well as initiatives promoting and strengthening employee volunteering at the Bank;
  • initiatives to increase access to culture and art.

Through pioneer programs and cooperation with expert organisations, the Foundation provides equal educational opportunities, prevents the exclusion of the disadvantaged and vulnerable, supports the construction of social capital and the development of civic organisations in local communities.

The chairman of the Foundation’s Council is the President of the Management Board of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A., and members represent key areas of the Bank’s operations from the perspective of the Foundation’s goals.

  • Class” scholarship program”
  • “Agro-talents” scholarship program,
  • “Knowledge to the power” program in cooperation with the Ocalenie Foundation
  • “Dream Up” program in partnership with the Praga Południe Center for Culture Promotion
  • ”You can count on me” – an employee volunteering program
  • Competition for Social Projects
  • Employee volunteering as part of the “Noble Gift” campaign
  • “I support all year-long”, an individual philanthropy program for the Bank’s employees based on a payroll mechanism
  • Social campaigns: “Blood Donation Day” and ”Good Kilometres”
  • Support in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2021, we plan to continue our long-term scholarship programs: „Class”, “Agro-talents”, “Knowledge to the Power” and the „Dream Up” educational program. We will support social organisations and cultural institutions. The Foundation plans to continue the employee volunteering program at the Bank, with particular focus on promoting the idea of individual philanthropy. We will also be promoting employee volunteering at other companies.

The Foundation’s educational initiatives

“Class” Scholarship Program

“Class” is an innovative scholarship program of the BNP Paribas Foundation. Its goal is to help elementary school graduates from poor families who live in rural areas and small towns. In 2020, we celebrated the program’s 18th anniversary and it is one of the longest-running scholarship programs in Poland. Scholarship holders can attend top high schools in 5 Polish cities. Since 2003, nearly 800 scholarship holders from over 350 towns took part in the program.

In 2020, 26 scholarship holders joined the program. In total, there were 100 scholarship holders in the 2020/2021 school year. Since the beginning of the program, the Foundation has allocated nearly PLN 24 million for this purpose.

The funds donated by the Bank’s employees in the “I support all year-long“ program allowed 40 „Class” scholarship holders to take part in a summer sailing camp at Lake Kisajno.

For details about the program, visit.

 

PLN 24 million

allocated for the “Class” scholarship program in 18 years 

 

800

graduates from 350 towns and villages since 2003 

 

100

scholarship holders in the 2020/2021 school year
 

 

40

scholarship holders took part in the summer sailing camp at Lake Kisajno in 2020.  

The “Class” scholarship program allowed me to realise my dream of studying at a renowned secondary school in Wrocław. I come from a small town and I never thought I would be able to attend a prestigious high school. The scholarship provided me with the financial aid necessary to pay for my accommodation, as well as the purchase of textbooks and all the necessary educational materials. I believe that the opportunity shaped who I am today. Thanks to the “Class” program, I was accepted to study law at the University of Wrocław. The “Class” program is not only an educational stepping stone, it also helps one establish long-term relationships with other alumni. After graduating from high school, we join the Alumni Association, whose slogan is: “You can count on me!

Oskar Olejnik Graduate of the “Class” scholarship program,
President of the Board of the “Class” Program Alumni Association

“Agro-talents”

“Agro-talents” is a comprehensive program for the development of young talents – a system of scholarships for ambitious youth who see their future in agriculture. The BNP Paribas Foundation and its partners – educational institutions, experts and the Bank’s Customers – cooperate to strengthen agricultural education.

The program is implemented through:

  • A scholarship program for the winners of the Agricultural Knowledge and Skills Competition organised by the top 8 agricultural universities. The program’s partner is the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The BNP Paribas Foundation funds 40 scholarships a year. Thus far, 363 people have received support.
  • The Bridge Scholarship Program of the Educational Enterprise Foundation for the most talented students of agriculture after their 3rd and 4th year of studies. In 2020, the BNP Paribas Foundation provided 13 scholarships worth a total of PLN 52.5 thousand.
  • Cooperation with the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in the field of education, exchange of knowledge and experience.

The Foundation’s social solidarity initiatives

DREAM UP

”Dream Up” is an initiative created and financed by the Fondation BNP Paribas in Paris and it is currently active in 30 countries. In each country, the goal is to educate and prevent social exclusion through art. In Poland, the BNP Paribas Foundation organises music classes with professionals and supports the personal and social development of children and youth in Warsaw’s Praga district in partnership with the Praga Południe Culture Promotion Center.

The second edition of the „Dream Up” program, scheduled for 2018-2021, is addressed to children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 who live in Warsaw’s Praga district. The participants of the first edition can also take part in the 2nd edition. The program includes:

  • free music lessons with professionals – musicians with teaching experience;
  • learning to sing and play instruments (including flutes, guitars, ukulele, violin, djembe, bongos);
  • giving concerts at events in the Praga district;
  • a musical ensemble – the Prague Dream Up Orchestra, which plans to record an album.

 

33

participants in the second edition
of the program 

close to 

2600

hours of music lessons 

 

1

concert of the Dream Up Orchestra 

 

90 thousand PLN

of financial support from the Fondation BNP Paribas 

“Knowledge to the power”

The BNP Paribas Foundation has been active in supporting diversity and counteracting social exclusion for many years. That is why, since 2016, we have been cooperating with the “Ocalenie” Foundation and helping refugees from Syria, Iraq, the Ukraine and Chechnya. In 2018, both foundations jointly launched the “Knowledge to the Power” scholarship and tutoring program to help young refugees find their place in the Polish education system. Participants of the program benefit from the help of volunteer-tutors and take part in workshops as well as educational and cultural outings and summer camps. The organisers are in close contact with the families of scholarship holders, offering them support whenever it is needed.

Since the beginning of the program in 2018, we have provided individual tutoring to 108 children from 15 countries: Chechnya, Tajikistan, the Ukraine, Syria, Georgia, Russia, Iraq, Dagestan, Armenia, Ingushetia, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan. In the 2020/2021 school year, 75 students are taking part in the program, 47 are supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

Since 2019, the „Knowledge to the Power” program is a part of the European initiative of the BNP Paribas Group for the integration of young refugees and – thanks to a 3-year grant from the BNP Paribas Group – it will continue until the end of 2021.

Several thousand people a year flee from persecution and become refugees seeking a safe haven in Poland. We help them to achieve basic independence, e.g. by teaching Polish and supporting the education of their children. Our cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation in the implementation of the “Knowledge to the Power” program, has enabled us to help over 100 young people. As a result, they are slowly becoming part of the Polish society, which will make it easier for them to become independent and find a job in the future.

Agata Kołodziej Coordinator of support programs for children and youth, “Ocalenie” Foundation

Cooperation with the Warsaw Philharmonic

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. and the BNP Paribas Foundation have been cooperating with the National Philharmonic since 2003 to provide music education and support the role of music as an important form of high culture. Since the 2011/2012 season, the Foundation has been a partner of „Meetings with music” – a series of concerts for small-town students from 7 voivodeships in Poland. The program gives young students the opportunity develop their cultural sensitivity and participate in concerts conducted by professional musicians. In the 2020/2021 season, the Philharmonic launched a project entitled „Online Music Meetings”. Ten online events were recorded, each in two versions – for younger and older children. Children could listen to both old and new music on mobile devices. The performances included instrumental music, singing, dancing and acting.

 

In the 2019/2020 season, 1,520 broadcasts took place in schools, and in the 2020/2021 season, 167 broadcasts were carried out by the end of 2020. In 2020, the Foundation donated PLN 100 thousand to the program.

Initiatives in the third sector

The BNP Paribas Foundation supports the third sector in Poland through long-term partnerships with NGOs, but also through active participation in coalitions, committees and working groups. Since 2009, the Foundation has been a member of the Donors’ Forum in Poland, a platform which brings together non-governmental organisations, institutions and companies that value philanthropy, charity and support initiatives for the public good. In 2020, the BNP Paribas Foundation became a partner of the Forum of Corporate Foundations for the 4th time. The Forum is the most important event for corporate foundations in Poland.

This year, over 70 participants took part in the Forum of Corporate Foundations. We discussed how corporate foundations can strengthen the education system in Poland and counteract climate change. In addition, thanks to the input of the BNP Paribas Foundation, participants could learn how to support refugees in Poland through education. These meetings are always very valuable, as they allow us to share our knowledge and inspire us to take further action.

Magdalena Pękacka Director of the Donors’ Forum

Since 2011, the Bank has been a member of the Pro Bono Leaders Coalition (formerly the Coalition of Presidents-Volunteers), coordinated by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy. In December 2020, the 8th Pro Bono Leaders Conference was held, during which the first Employee Volunteering Charter in Poland was presented. The idea behind the creation of the document is to promote and support volunteering among Polish companies. Representatives of the BNP Paribas Foundation participated in developing the Charter.

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