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Fordham, BNP Paribas Form Partnership

Paris-based bank BNP Paribas has entered into a formal partnership with Fordham University through the recently launched Fordham Foundry, which is part of the Gabelli School of Business.

“A big part of what the Fordham School of Business does is to create bridges between the academic world and the corporate world, and between the academic world and the community. So for us, this is creating a triangle that really is at the heart of what we’re trying to achieve,” said Donna Rapaccioli, dean of Gabelli.

Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas North America, said that BNP’s commitment to local communities, in this case the Bronx, is what attracted the bank to Fordham and to the Fordham Foundry.

BNP Paribas decided last year to deepen its regional approach to corporate social responsibility initiatives, and with its largest operations in the New York City area, the Bronx was a natural fit.

“The Fordham Foundry’s goal, to create businesses that remain in the Bronx, sparking economic growth and job creation, is directly aligned with BNP Paribas’ commitment to social inclusion, diversity and education,” Fillion said.

The arrangement with the Foundry is just the beginning of Fordham and BNP Paribas’ partnership.

“We envision leveraging the talents and skills of our philanthropic-minded employees to provide technical assistance to the Foundry on a voluntary basis. The Foundry is a natural fit for BNP Paribas’ employees, given the overlap between banking, job creation, and business,” Fillion said.

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