News — November 10, 2017

Partnering with BNP Paribas’ Swiss branch to show that clean solutions are profitable

Bertrand Piccard and Geoffroy Bazin
- Photo by Lundi13 - Nicolas Righetti

Written by Solar Impulse

In recent years, BNP has been becoming more and more responsible with regard to how it conducts its business of financing the economy, aiming to have a positive impact on both society and the environment globally, and recognizing that it needs to be an actor of change, now more than ever, in order to adapt to the nimble times ahead.

Hand in hand, we will work to speed up the implementation of solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way; solutions that bridge the gap between ecology and the economy; solutions that would make sense to boost clean growth, even if climate change didn’t exist!

BNP Paribas will also directly support the World Alliance by bringing its expertise in risk management and compliance, and will encourage its employees to actively volunteer their time - about 2 hours a week - and become Experts, to help assess the deployability, sustainability and viability of candidate solutions submitted by our Members.

“Our partnership with BNP demonstrates that today protection of the environment is profitable. Investing in new technologies makes sense: it’s logical, even more than eco-ecological. It creates jobs and boosts a clean economic growth which is much better than the dirty status quo we have today,” said Bertrand Piccard.

Geoffroy Bazin, CEO of BNP Paribas in Switzerland, added: 

“BNP has become one of the top ranked banks by extra financial rating agencies. Today’s social and environmental challenges require that we contribute even more actively to sustainable growth, for both people and the planet. We are proud to reinforce our engagement strategy in Switzerland by partnering with the Solar Impulse Foundation.”

Written by Solar Impulse on November 10, 2017

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