As the bank for a changing world, BNP Paribas recognises the important role the arts play in shaping how we interpret the world around us. As such, we are committed to promoting cultural and artistic heritage internationally. Culture is an essential means by which people shape their identity and imagine their future. Building on this ethos, BNP Paribas seeks to consider change, innovate and create new opportunities that benefit our clients. In so doing, we strive to build the bank of tomorrow.
The arts also stretch our imagination and provide creative ways for us to understand and embrace differences. Diversity and inclusion is a vital component of BNP Paribas culture where varied thinking, perspectives and ideas are championed.
As a responsible bank, BNP Paribas believes in supporting the communities in which we operate. The BNP Paribas Foundation’s Dream Up programme helps disadvantaged children combat social exclusion through practising art. Globally, Dream Up has benefited more than 30,000 young people in 26 countries.
Support for Arts in the UK
In the UK, BNP Paribas is committed to building an enduring relationship with the arts having supported five major art exhibitions over the past 10 years. Our commitment to supporting UK arts is part of our ongoing contribution to both the UK economy and society. BNP Paribas has been present in the UK for 150 years and employs more than 8,500 staff in 27 locations across the country.
In 2018 we are proud to support the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Opera House, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool and Somerset House.
The BNP Paribas Foundation “Dream up” Programme
The BNP Paribas Foundation is committed to supporting arts and culture, promoting integration and development through its social inclusion and education programmes. Over the last 30 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has helped to restore more than 700 artworks housed in museums and historical buildings around the world. Additionally, the Foundation supports innovative artistic projects, talent and personalities that will shape the future of our world, and is one of a few select patrons to support artists working in contemporary dance, new circus arts, jazz and classical music.
The BNP Paribas Foundation’s Dream Up programme helps disadvantaged children combat social inclusion through practising art, and has benefited more than 30,000 young people in 26 countries. In the UK, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Dream Up programme enables children to visit the gallery regularly and create their own works of art with the support of professionals and volunteers.
BNP Paribas, an active corporate patron the world over
Through its various foundations and thanks to the involvement of its employees, BNP Paribas supports numerous projects in the areas of culture, solidarity, education, health and the environment.
BNP Paribas Corporate Philanthropy ensures the overall coherence and effectiveness of the sponsorship programs that the bank conducts around the world. This policy is managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation, an active patron since 1984.