Environmental issues are among the first that come to mind when we talk about sustainable development. But why should companies be concerned about ecology? How is the banking sector dealing with this new challenge? And most of all, what actions has BNP Paribas decided to prioritise to ensure that it is meeting its responsibilities towards the environment?
Group’s Environmental Commitments by Séverin Fischer, Environment Manager at BNP Paribas CSR Delegation
There are two different ways in which we can have an impact on the environment:
- direct impacts: the immediate consequences of the ways in which our branches and other buildings are operated;
- indirect impacts: arising as a result of our activities, as a consequence of actions taken by our individual or corporate customers.
As a participant in the global economy, we have a role to play in protecting the environment. In order to fulfil this responsibility, we have adopted a process of continuous improvement, in collaboration with our stakeholders.
We put as much effort and commitment into reducing the negative effects as we do into increasing the positive effects that we have on the environment.
We are working to improve our impact through:
- our internal operations: reducing our CO2 emissions, etc.
- our business activities: developing products with a positive impact, integrating environmental criteria into our investments, etc.