In the UK war veteran Captain Tom Moore has raised over £32 million for the National Health Service, Italians have been singing from their balconies in solidarity and companies worldwide have been repurposing their warehouses to makes hand sanitiser and protective clothing for health workers.
BNP Paribas Real Estate is also helping to support those in need at this crucial time, carrying out several acts in addition to the emergency support plan set up by the BNP Paribas Group, which amounts to more than €50 million.
Providing support to relieve the burden on front line workers
Like many across the globe, we have heard the message and the distress from healthcare workers who lack the financial and material means to face the pandemic. After taking part in BNP Paribas Group's mask donations, and initially donating 5,000 masks to nursing homes for the elderly, BNP Paribas Real Estate has since stepped up its commitments. Donations of protective equipment have been made by our teams to the the Saint Louis hospital in France.
In addition, BNP Paribas Real Estate has provided financial support totalling €100,000 to the #ProtegeTonSoignant (Protect Your Health Care Worker) fundraiser, following an appeal launched by the National Federation of Real Estate Developers. This appeal, created by a group of doctors, medical professors, entrepreneurs, engineers and developers, aims to buy and distribute lacking equipment as quickly as possible. The initiative has also been shared with our employees who wish to make a personal donation through the Leetchi platform. To date, the platform has already received nearly €565,000 in donations.
Helping health care staff to find accommodation
As well as our financial and material commitments, BNP Paribas Real Estate has chosen to support the initiative set up by Julien Denormandie, Minister for Urban Affairs and Housing, and Public Assistance - Paris Hospitals (APHP), to help healthcare personnel find accommodation as close as possible to their workplace during the coronavirus crisis. This is why, alongside the company Sucres Et Denrées, we have financed 1,470 overnight stays in the Résidence Citadines Austerlitz, to accommodate healthcare workers from all over France who were called in to support the crisis in the French capital.
Maintaining support for vulnerable people
Along with supporting front line staff, BNP Paribas Real Estate is also helping people with limited financial means as a result of the confinement. For example, we are helping scholarship students living at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) to pay their rent.
Whilst we are taking part in actions to help our frontline workers, we continue to uphold the advice of health care professions to stay at home. #STAYATHOME