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How BNP Paribas (Suisse) supported young people to make Nepal resilient again after the 2015 earthquakes.

Young people played a central role in the rehabilitation and sustainable development of Nepal, after the devastating impact of the major earthquakes which hit the country in 2015.

 

By sending funding and employees as volunteers, investment bank BNP Paribas (Suisse) provided the launchpad for our impact in Nepal when our programmes first launched.

Over 3 years together we brought safe, clean water to the most marginalised communities of Gorkha whose access had been disrupted by the earthquakes and gave young Nepalis new skills on our Expedition programme – and employees from the bank even took part as project managers, installing water systems themselves and re-building new housing.

Through leveraging a skills-based volunteer programmes with employees from the bank, we also helped launch new youth-led enterprises when they were most-needed during the economic recovery.

The bank benefited in many ways. Not only did they make a meaningful contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, but they helped boost team spirit and motivation within BNP Paribas in Switzerland, while giving employees experiences of global issues, and positioned the bank as a responsible and innovative employer – a positive agent for change. The partnership received a nomination at the BOND Awards for corporate partnership of the year in 2017.

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What BNP Paribas (Suisse) said:

“Joining forces with Raleigh International to help the sustainable development of Nepal has been an incredible journey for the bank. We have found in Raleigh a trusted partner to share our values, ethics and will to be a positive agent for change in society, while keeping our employees’ engagement at the core of this collaboration. It was crucial for us to give our staff unique opportunities to experience global issues, to take part in an inspiring and positive programme, and to grow into responsible leaders.”

Igor Joly, CSR Director