The BNP Paribas Foundation awarded at the Corporate Philanthropy awards for the environment and sustainable development

The BNP Paribas Foundation has been awarded the Special Jury Prize for its commitment to research on climate change.

At the second Corporate Philanthropy Awards for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Michel Pébereau, President of the BNP Paribas Foundation was awarded the Special Jury Prize for all of the projects presented in the Natural Areas (habitats, sites and landscapes) category.

Working closely with the company’s Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility Department, the BNP Paribas Foundation launched “The Climate Initiative” in 2011. This is a programme that supports research on climate change which looks at the consequences this change could have on our environment and on our lifestyles. With a budget of €3 million over three years, it must assist five research projects which are being conducted by International Laboratories that have been selected by a Scientific Committee led by Philippe Gillet, Vice-President of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne.

Michel Pébereau said: “Climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges that humankind has ever faced. By changing our environment over the long-term, this phenomenon runs the risk of having a major impact on the social and economic fabric of communities across the globe. The BNP Parisbas Group is firmly committed to combating climate change. In addition to being honoured to have received this award and for our commitment to be acknowledged, this prize is a tribute to the researchers and teams we have dedicated to support in their endeavours.”

The five projects supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation

eFOCE: Performing experiments in the ocean so as to both understand and predict the consequences of the acidification of the ocean on marine ecosystems. Main project partners: Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (France), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (USA), Station Biologique de Roscoff (France), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (United Kingdom), Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA).



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The BNP Paribas Foundation Press Release, 5 March 2012.

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