Sofia, 2 December 2015
It is 14 years already that BNP Paribas Bulgaria, in cooperation with Sofia Municipality, has been supporting disadvantaged people in Bulgaria with warm meals during the cold winter months. In line with the BNP Paribas Group’s global corporate philanthropy policy, the project continues to give care for the people in need and has become an example of responsible private-public cooperation.
The new season of the Soup Kitchen starts on December 1st, 2015 and will continue until March 31st, 2016. 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, 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 project is distinguished in 2006 by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum with a first prize in the category “Investor in Community” on the Annual Responsible Business Awards. In 2009 the project received the BNP Paribas Innov@action award for Corporate Social Responsibility. In the end of 2014 Foundation BNP Paribas Bulgaria received the prize “The Inner Good” by Sofia Municipality for its long-standing commitment to disadvantaged people in Bulgaria.
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
Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been playing a key role in corporate philanthropy for 30 years. It is also encouraging and contributing to the BNP Paribas’ philanthropic policy growth in all parts of the world where the Group does business.
The BNP Paribas Foundation’s activities are aimed at promoting innovative projects dedicated to culture, social inclusion and the environment. It is paying close attention to provide optimal support to its partners, through a long-term commitment. Dialogue, loyal support and a relationship based on trust are the hallmarks of its involvement. (www.bnpparibas.com/en/bnp-paribas-foundation)
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