Clients and Partners

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Wealth Management is the Eurozone’s leading private bank, ranked 5th largest private bank globally. NPC was commissioned by BNP Paribas to support the BNP Paribas Awards for Individual Philanthropy, which recognises individuals each year from around the world for their initiative and commitment to achieving social change.

The challenge

BNP Paribas Wealth Management presents two philanthropy awards each year to recognise individuals for their philanthropic activity and raise general awareness of the growing global phenomenon of philanthropic giving. The Grand Prix honours an individual or family for their overall philanthropic activity; and the Special Prize recognises a committed philanthropist who has initiated an original project and has been working on the ground to implement it.

NPC has supported BNP Paribas for the past six years, to select a list of candidates from around the world and provide detailed information about each to present to the jury.

The approach

NPC selects a long list of candidates based on various criteria, such as the social impact of the philanthropic initiatives, the philanthropists’ personal and financial commitment, and the professionalism, sustainability and transparency of the projects. These candidates are then short-listed by BNP Paribas, NPC as well as another external expert.

For the second stage of the project, NPC undertakes detailed research and due diligence to produce a dossier on each of the short-listed candidates to help the independent jury make their final decision. We outline their philanthropic activity, and explain why they are suitable for the prize—conducting an interview with each candidate to confirm details and gather any other relevant information.

The winners are chosen by an independent jury made up of leading figures from business and charitable organisations, along with experts from civil society.

The result

Over its seven year history, BNP Paribas has awarded the Grand Prix and Special Prize to a variety of individuals, including Dr Mo Ibrahim, Shiv Nadar, Michael di Giorgio for his Greenhouse Schools Project and Chuck Slaughter for Living Goods.

BNP Paribas offers the Grand Prix winner the publication of a book of photographs taken by a specialized photo reporter, tracing the life of the philanthropist and his/her philanthropic initiatives, to help increase the visibility of their work and to inspire others. The winner of the Special Prize receives a sum of €50,000 to help strengthen the project.

Nathalie Sauvanet, Head of Individual Philanthropy at BNP Paribas says:

 With the prize now in its 8th year, we are proud to have raised awareness of fourteen wonderful initiatives undertaken by extraordinary philanthropists. This wouldn’t have been possible without a rigorous selection process. The service provided by NPC ensures that we put forward the most exemplary philanthropists for consideration by our independent jury.

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