BNP Paribas was one of the first banking groups to commit to a policy of preventing discrimination and promoting diversity.
The Group's Commitment to Diversity
The necessity of a structured organization at Group level allowing more efficient dissemination of Diversity & Inclusion policy gave birth to the Diversity Governance in 2012. Through a network of Diversity Officers and Diversity Committees, the Governance aims at:
- disseminating the Diversity strategy
- allowing reporting
exchanging best practices
The Diversity Committee Group is composed of 26 Diversity Officers representing the different BNP Paribas' entities. It is in charge of constituting local Diversity Committees and coordinating actions within their countries and entities.
Diversity: A Strong Commitment
For a Group with a presence in close to 80 countries where 190,000 employees of 150 different nationalities work together, implementing a Diversity Policy supported by the Group’s managers is essential.
This is a key objective for three reasons:
- BNP Paribas is a human community fully integrated in society, with a social and societal responsability
- BNP Paribas needs all talents for its sustainable economical development
- BNP Paribas is convinced that diversity within its teams leads to increased creativity and therefore to improved performance
A Policy that Values Differences and Fights Discrimination
The Diversity Policy has the following core agenda:
- Fighting against discrimination throughout the Group, in accordance with the laws and cultures of each country
- Valuing each individual by respecting their differences through global and local actions to promote Diversity
In order to observe this fundamental principle and to anticipate risks, since 2006 BNP Paribas has defined discrimination as one of its thirty key operational risks.
Diversity Integrated into Corporate Culture
In 2010, BNP Paribas defined its Management Principles, which also include the promotion of Diversity.
- Customer Focus: taking customer diversity into account to better meet their needs
- Risk-Aware Entrepreneurship: discrimination is one of the Group’s key operational risks, both in terms of the Group’s reputation and in terms of financial and legal repercussions
- Valuing People: being mindful and respectful of all employees through an equal opportunity policy
- Leading by Example: Managers must apply the Diversity Policy in an exemplary way