Integrated Report 2021

The BNP Paribas Foundation

The BNP Foundation has been active for 15 years now to carry out tasks related to social responsibility of the Bank. The Foundation counteracts social exclusion, levels educational opportunities and supports culture in small communities.

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Since its inception, the Foundation runs original scholarship schemes, manages social involvement of our employees and cooperates with social organisations both content and money-wise. The chairperson 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.

The Mission of the BNP Paribas Foundation

Our mission is to boldly transform the world into one with less inequality, into one where we are confident about the future of the planet.


  • Supporting the development of pupils and students from smaller townships and villages, as well as families in straited circumstances.
  • Teaching children and teenagers about finance and entrepreneurship.
Social solidarity
  • Helping people threatened by exclusion, especially children and teenagers.
  • Supporting and coordinating social involvement of our employees.
  • Making culture available to children and teenagers from smaller townships and villages.
  • Promoting classical music among the youth.



students in townships and villages take part in the Class Scholarship Program


young refugees in Poland received scholarships and support in Knowledge to the Power Program – a partnership with the Ocalenie Foundation – „Knowledge to the Power”


hours of education through art organised by the BNP Paribas Foundation for social institutions for children in the Dream Up Program

PLN 1 million

donated by the BNP Paribas Foundation to 250 bank volunteer projects


hours devoted within the employee volunteer program

>1 300

persons received support from one of the scholarship schemes


kilometres covered by our employees to support social organisations in the Good Kilometres campaign


litres of blood donated by 611 Bank employees

PLN 250,000

donated to social organisation in the I support all year long campaign


persons make Noble Gifts for the needy each year


volunteers awarded by our employees for the 15th anniversary of the BNP Paribas Foundation


young people take part in BAKCYL Bankers for the Financial Education of Youth


  • Class Scholarship Program
  • Agro-talents Scholarship Scheme
  • Dream Up Program
    • 2nd edition in cooperation with Praga Południe – Centre for Promotion of Culture, concluded in June 2021
    • 3rd edition in cooperation with Stara 4 – Creative Educators Association.
  • Knowledge to the Power Program in cooperation with the Ocalenie Foundation
  • A partnership with the Ocalenie Foundation – Good Without Borders
  • Meetings with Music Program in cooperation with the Warsaw Philharmonic
  • BAKCYL Bankers for the Financial Education of Youth
  • Employees Volunteer Program
  • Individual Philathropy Program I support all year long
  • Competition for Social Projects
  • Noble Gift campaign
  • Blood Donation Day
  • Good Kilometres campaign
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The Foundation’s educational initiatives

Class Scholarship Program

Class is an innovative scholarship program of the BNP Paribas Bank initiated in 2003 and functioning under the auspices of the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2006. As such, it is one of the longest running scholarship schemes in Poland. Its goal is to help primary school graduates from poor families who live in rural areas and small towns. Scholarship holders can attend top high schools in five Polish college towns. They receive full financial support for the duration of high school and a scholarship in Year 1 of university. The holders can also receive financial support for their volunteering involvement, scholarship awards, holiday and team-building trips.

Learn more how to apply and benefit from the program here.

>25.5 million

allocated to the Class Scholarship Program since 2003


graduates from 489 towns and villages received support since 2003


scholarship holders in the 2021/2022 school year


years of the Class Scholarship Program


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. Established in 2012, it is the result of cooperation between BNP Paribas Foundation and educational institutions and experts in agriculture. The system supports local communities and enhances what agricultural schools have to offer.

What is Agro-talents:

  • 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. In 2021, 18 students and 22 pupils won the Competition. So far, a total of 430 winners have received the scholarship,
  • 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 2021, the BNP Paribas Foundation provided 13 scholarships worth a total of PLN 63,000. So far, 103 students have participated in the program,
  • cooperation with the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in the field of education, exchange of knowledge and experience.
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The Foundation’s social solidarity initiatives

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, Ukraine and Chechnya. We have 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.

In 2021, the BNP Paribas Foundation became the strategic partner of the Ocalenie Foundation, having donated PLN 50,000 as support to refugees in the Polish-Belarus border crisis.


scholarships granted to refugees from 15 countries: Chechnya, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Syria, Georgia, Russia, Iraq, Dagestan, Armenia, Ingushetia, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyztan


scholarship holders in December 2021

Good without borders

In this campaign supported by the Bank, a limited number of fine china plates was available for purchase, each decorated with the motif of barbed wire – a tragic symbol of the Polish-Belarus border crisis. The plate was also available in digital form. All profits were transferred to the Ocalenie Foundation and Warsaw Club of Catholic Intelligentsia, both of which actively support refugees at the Polish-Belarussian border.

Dream Up

Dream Up is an international program of the BNP Paribas Group currently active in 29 countries, originally created and financed by the BNP Paribas Foundation in Paris. In Poland, the BNP Paribas Foundation organises music classes with professionals and supports the personal and social development of children and youth.

June 2021 saw the conclusion of the 2nd edition of Dream Up, co-organised with the Praga Południe Centre for Promotion of Culture in Warsaw. Already in September 2021, the 3rd edition was launched, this time co-organised with Stara 4 – Creative Educators Association and Fablab Pobite Gary! The program is available to children from Warsaw community centres.


children participated in the 3rd edition of Dream Up

5 000

hours of music classes since 2018

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Initiatives towards access to culture and art

Cooperation with the Warsaw Philharmonic

BNP Paribas Foundation and the National Philharmonic have been partners since 2003. We consider music a vital part of high culture. As such, since 2011 the BNP Paribas Foundation has been a proud partner of Meetings with Music – a cycle of concerts directed at pupils from towns and villages in Poland. This way we hope to widen the access to culture to these children.


Meetings with Music in 2021


pupils took part in Meetings with Music in 2021

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