In line with the BNP Paribas Group’s global corporate philanthropy policy, and with the support of BNP Paribas Foundation in France, Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria continues the Soup Kitchen project in Bulgaria. The charitable undertaking has been successfully helping disadvantaged people by providing warm meals during the cold winter months since 2002. The Soup Kitchen Project, initiated by BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch’s employees and in cooperation with Sofia Municipality, enters into its new season on December 1st, 2011 and will continue until March 31st, 2012. During the coming winter, 1,350 disadvantaged citizens of Sofia will benefit from a warm meal. In addition, 3 soup kitchen centers will serve another 400 people in the city of Varna.
The charitable project is financed through donations of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch and its employees, the BNP Paribas Foundation and with the valuable support of other partners, such as Moto Pfohe, Avtomotor Corporation, Sofia France Auto, Dimatex, Renault Nissan, International Women’s Club Sofia, Ecopharm, Servier, Deloitte, Air France, Astra Zeneca, French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, St. Cyril & Methodius Foundation, Proxiad. The outstanding commitment of employees, clients and friends of BNP Paribas Bulgaria makes it possible to ensure the noble initiative further and to go on fighting hunger especially now, when the need is bigger than ever.
The Soup Kitchen initiative has proven to be a remarkable success and an indicator for sustainability: the current total number of 1,750 meals per day over the entire winter period is 10 times bigger than at the beginning of the project. Numerous letters show the gratitude of the supported citizens and prove that BNP Paribas, Sofia Municipality and its partners, together took the right direction. The project’s importance was also acknowledged by the Bulgarian business community: in November 2006, the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum awarded the Project Soup Kitchen a first prize in the category “Investor in Community” on the Annual Responsible Business Awards. In June 2009, the project received the BNP Paribas Innov@action award for Corporate Social Responsibility.
About Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria
In order to formally consolidate and reinforce its longstanding engagement to development of corporate philanthropy programs in the country, BNP Paribas Bulgaria has launched in the end of 2010 a local foundation. The Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria was created in close cooperation with the BNP Paribas Foundation – the corner stone of the Group’s philanthropy initiatives for the past 25 years.
The newly established entity structures BNP Paribas’ projects in Bulgaria and strengthens current programs. The aim is to contribute to Bulgaria’s social and cultural development through strong and long-term partnerships not only in the areas of social inclusion, education, culture and environment.
About BNP Paribas Foundation
Set up under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the BNP Paribas Foundation strives to preserve and bring to a wider public the historical treasures stored in museums, to encourage artists and performers in disciplines that attract little corporate funding, and to finance state-of-the-art research projects in the medical and environmental fields. The BNP Paribas Foundation also supports education, social integration, and projects for the disabled.
The corporate philanthropy policy of the BNP Paribas Group is managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation, the corner stone of the Group’s philanthropy initiatives for the past 25 years. Today, BNP Paribas Corporate Philanthropy is getting concrete through more than 500 programs all around the world, managed via a network of 10 foundations or initiated directly by countries and businesses. It is centered on 5 areas of activity: culture, social inclusion, education, health and the environment.
About BNP Paribas in BulgariaAbout BNP Paribas in Bulgaria
BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch (www.bnpparibas.bg) is a commercial and investment bank in Bulgaria. It serves large and medium-sized corporate and institutional clients, spanning the major sectors in the economy. They benefit from a full range of commercial and investment bank services as well as from customer-tailored financial solutions with strong advisory components. BNP Paribas has been present in Bulgaria since 1994. It is also present on the Bulgarian market with its life and credit insurance activities through “Cardif Bulgaria.” Apart from this, BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leading consumer crediting company in Bulgaria.
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