been made to various hospitals around the world - in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, India in Chennai and Mumbai, Algeria, Côte d Ivoire, Senegal, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
As Paul Yang, Chairman of BNP Paribas China and Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) in Asia Pacific, explained: We are ready to help the institutions tasked with fighting this pandemic in any way we can. We are profoundly grateful to the medical staff who have shown incredible bravery, as well as the volunteers who have provided emergency support and helped them through this difficult time.
Showing solidarity with the most vulnerable in society
The second key area of the BNP Paribas initiative targets the most vulnerable communities, who are in need of help and sol- idarity more than ever before. The global pandemic has exacerbated the already very difficult living conditions for these communities, in terms of finance, food and health.
MEETING FOOD NEEDS
In France, 1.8 million in donations have been distrib- uted among 13 leading associations working in the field of solidarity, such as Restos du Cœur, Fondation des Femmes, and the Abbé Pierre Foundation. Due to the health crisis, these organisations have had to cope with a significant increase in the number of requests for assis- tance from vulnerable people and refugees, as well as isolated senior citizens, women and children in danger, and people with disabilities. The urgent need for food was a major challenge. 20,000 Ticket Res- taurant vouchers were donated to the SamuSocial in Paris, enabling homeless people and those at risk of poverty to obtain basic foods.
In Morocco, the BMCI Foundation gave financial aid to the JOOD association, which supports 250 families with no income, and to INSAF, which distributed 500 support packages to vulnerable families. It also provided support to the Moroccan Food Bank, en- abling 4,086 social centres throughout the country to redistribute basic necessities to beneficiaries. BNP Paribas also made donations to food banks in Italy, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada and the United States. In the south of India, the Foun- dation distributed food rations to more than 6,000 poor households.
ENSURING A DECENT STANDARD
OF LIVING AND HYGIENE
Other basic needs have also been provided for, such as healthcare and housing. In South Korea, BNP Paribas joined the members of the French-Korean Chamber of Commerce in making a donation to provide impoverished children with masks, in the Daegu region, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. In Italy, a signifi- cant contribution was made to the Red Cross, Caritas and Sant Egidio associations and NGOs working with people in vulnerable econom- ic or social situations. In the United Kingdom, numerous initiatives have been launched to preserve the health and well-being of under-
privileged communities in which BNP Paribas UK already operates. In France, Act for Impact by BNP Paribas and Ulule have provided support to the Habitat & Humanisme association in Lyon, which has helped to improve housing conditions for single-parent families dur- ing the lockdown period. Thanks to donations from Group employees to Médecins sans Frontières, the NGO was able to provide support during the evacuation of a migrant camp in Aubervilliers, near Paris, where living conditions were extremely poor, as people were con- fined in a place with no showers, electricity, sanitation facilities or food distribution, says Corinne Torre, MSF Head of Mission, France. 700 people were rehoused in emergency shelters, where they re- ceived medical care and were tested for Covid-19. Lastly, 1.9 mil- lion were allocated to strengthening social ties and boosting econom- ic activity in the suburbs.
Maintaining continued access to education
In light of the closure of most of the world s schools, the BNP Paribas Group also wanted to contribute to reducing inequalities in students access to continued education. In order to maintain a remote link with schools, purchasing computers and USB keys, as well as providing Wi-Fi access, has proved to be essential.
In collaboration with the L Ascenseur associations in Paris, BNP Paribas donated 600 computers to secondary school stu- dents in the Paris region. Similar initiatives have been rolled out in Belgium, with the NGO Close the Gap, and in Morocco, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands, through local associations. BNP Paribas Hong Kong also financed internet access for 156 underprivileged students, while Germany sponsored associations which offer support to young people from low-income families.