Since 2002 BNP Paribas Bulgaria has been supporting disadvantaged people in Bulgaria by providing warm meals during the cold winter months with the cooperation of Sofia Municipality. Starting on the initiative of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch’s employees in Sofia, the charitable undertaking called Soup Kitchen, has been successfully helping underprivileged citizens for 12 years now. In line with the BNP Paribas Group’s global corporate philanthropy policy, the project continues to support disadvantaged people in Bulgaria and has become an example of responsible private-public cooperation.
The new season of the Soup Kitchen starts on December 2nd, 2013 and will continue until March 31st, 2014. Every working day during this period 1,350 disadvantaged people in Sofia will benefit from a warm meal and another 2 soup kitchen centers will serve additional 400 people in the city of Varna.
The charitable initiative is financed through donations of BNP Paribas Foundation, BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch and its employees, and with the valuable support of other partners, such as International Women’s Club Sofia, Dimatex, Alcomet, Ecopharm, Deloitte, Astra Zeneca, CTN, Sofia France Auto, Plastchim-T AD and private donors.
The Soup Kitchen initiative has proven to be a remarkable success and an indicator for sustainability over the years. The outstanding commitment of employees, clients and friends of BNP Paribas Bulgaria makes it possible to continue to provide the much needed support as evidenced by numerous letters showing the gratitude of the supported citizens. The project is distinguished 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 30 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 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. 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 focused on 5 areas of activity: culture, social inclusion, education, health and the environment.
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