Sports activities are a key part of the social fabric of Vaud and are central to our sponsorship policy.
We sponsor several clubs, including the Lausanne Hockey Club (LHC) since 1987 and the Football Club Lausanne Sport since 2011. We also support up-and-coming talent through our sponsorship of the Association cantonale vaudoise de football (ACVF), Lausanne’s Centre Sport-Etudes for school-age athletes, the Fondation Foot Avenir (which supports budding footballers in Vaud), Mérite Sportif Vaudois, and Fondation d'aide aux sportifs vaudois.
We sponsor a range of family-oriented activities as well. This includes the Lausanne 20K race, which we have been supporting since it was first held in 1982. We also back numerous other local sporting events, such as the Traîne-Savates foot race and the Vevey Triathalon.
What’s more, we provided financial support for the construction of the Centre Sport et Santé (CSS) at the University of Lausanne and EPFL, a sports facility that promotes regular exercise.
Cultural activities are a fundamental part of life in Vaud and a key component of our sponsorship policy. The Théâtre de Beausobre, Théâtre du Jorat, Théâtre de Benno Besson, exhibitions at the Maison d’Ailleurs science-fiction museum, and the Lausanne–Pully Museum Night are all examples of local cultural events and organizations that have received our backing.
In 2013, we committed to supporting the construction of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA) on the Platform 10 site. This new arts district will host the MCBA, the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (mudac), the Musée de l’Elysée photography museum, and the Félix Vallotton and Toms Pauli Foundations.
We also lend our support to music events. We have been the main sponsor of the Paléo Festival in Nyon – Switzerland’s largest open-air music festival – since 2005. BCV is a partner of the Cully Jazz Festival and Rock Oz’Arènes, two major regional music festivals that bring together Vaudois from all walks of life.
We also provided financial backing for the construction of Lausanne’s BCV Concert Hall, which was opened in 2014 and seats up to 300. Located in the Flon district, this hall features state-of-the-art acoustics and modular facilities that can be adjusted to suit any musical genre.
BCV is the largest bank in Vaud and plays an important role in the local economy. As such, we actively support some of the key economic events that take place in the Canton, such as the Forum des 100, the Forum de l’Economie Vaudoise, the PERL Awards, and, of course, trade fairs and economic forums that take place at the regional level.
For young people across the Canton
Explorit Loisirs & Découvertes is a one-of-a-kind science activity center in Yverdon-les-Bains that offers exhibitions and films, camps, workshops and other activities, as well as places to eat and drink. BCV sponsors the center’s family exhibits: Kindercity, where young children (0–6) enter the fantastical world of the Kookaï Wei and learn about the importance of protecting the environment; and Sciencity, where children 6 and up explore basic principles of science, outer space, and cities of the future, through fun, hands-on activities.
We finance an innovative project chosen by the UCreate3 acceleration program of the University of Lausanne’s HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The project’s objective is to make a positive impact on the local community and environment.
Other key events
We get involved in other major events that take place in Vaud. Recent ones include:
12th edition of the Fête des Vignerons
This winegrowers’ festival, celebrated once a generation since 1797, took place most recently from 18 July to 11 August 2019 in Vevey’s market square. Its spectacular main show was performed over 20 times during the summer, enchanting young and old alike and attracting more than 400,000 visitors.
Lausanne 2020 – Youth Olympic Games
In 2020, the Olympic Games were held primarily in French-speaking Switzerland for the first time. Over 1,200 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 came from all over the world to take part in the Games in Lausanne, Les Diablerets, Leysin, Villars and La Vallée de Joux