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INTERNATIONAL

55,000 VOLUNTEERING HOURS

Logo : MicroFinance Sans Frontières (MFSF) - BNP Paribas.

Logo : Bénévolat de Compétences et Solidarité (BCS).

In 2014, as in other years, both current and retired employees of BNP Paribas undertook skill-based volunteering projects managed by two internal associations. With MicroFinance Sans Frontières (MFSF), 109 volunteers completed 66 projects with organisations active in the social and solidarity economy in 27 countries. To facilitate interaction and communication among the different projects, MFSF and the MicroStart microfinance institution, along with the Group, formed a unique platform in Belgium that brings together 200 volunteers. An MFSF branch was also opened in Switzerland. This system has since been rolled out in eight countries. More information is at:

www.microfinancesansfrontieres.org

With Bénévolat de Compétences et Solidarité in France, 760 volunteers worked with around 30 associations to promote financial inclusion, education for disadvantaged young people, social housing and helping people back into the workforce.

INTERNATIONAL

DONATION OF WORKING TIME

BNP Paribas encourages its employees to do charity work during working hours and more than 75,000 hours have been devoted to solidarity-based projects. 2014 saw two advances: In Senegal, BICIS launched a programme to encourage employees to work with organisations active in financial education or the social and solidarity economy. Employees can now devote up to five days per year to this work.

At the same time, as part of the Benev’ALL programme, 15 solidarity events were organised. A total of 4,000 working hours (representing 1,250 employees) were made available to the associations. This was welcomed both by the associations and participants, 95% of whom would be willing to repeat the experience.

Photo : France - In 2014, 1,250 employees took part in 15 solidarity-based events as part of the “Benev’All” programme.

Photo : SUNJU KOH.

INTERVIEW : SUNJU KOH, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND CSR COMMITTEE MEMBER, BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES KOREA

What is the origin of your volunteering programme?

We were seeking a long-term partnership with a local NGO and the Korea CSR committee decided to help children in welfare centres by financing the renovation of their kitchen facilities and organising a range of after-school activities. We called these activities “Wide Horizon” because it reflects our aspiration to become a stepping stone in these children’s futures. In February 2014 the committee started to recruit staff volunteers for the “Wide Horizon” project.

What kind of volunteering activities have employees been involved in?

Based on the centre’s need, 5 educational activities were selected: cooking, fine art, kids-economics, sports, and K-pop dancing. Together with other staff volunteers, I visited the centres, acted as a tutor, and shared joy with the children. Our programme attracted a lot of attention among the children and it was rated as very successful by the centre during its annual review. While I was organising and taking part in the project I found it was a very joyful experience and a helpful way to bond with staff volunteers.

MORE ABOUT… VOLUNTEERING

Since 2014, employees in the Asia-Pacific region can take a day off each year to do volunteer work.